Who We Are
Dedicated to understanding, advancing and sharing knowledge about arthritis research
The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) was created in 2000 in recognition of the tremendous potential that research can bring to arthritis treatment in Canada, and indeed, the world.
We are a young organization that has already earned international attention as a leading arthritis research environment. We are building a strong multi-disciplinary research team of outstanding medical doctors and research scientists, and we willingly collaborate with medical professionals around the world.
With facilities in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, we are dedicated to understanding, advancing and sharing knowledge about the causes of arthritis, and addressing issues that are impacting people with arthritis right now.
We are proud to be affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). We have also established a partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU) with the creation of the Maureen and Milan Ilich/Merck Chair in Statistics for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. In Calgary, we are affiliated with the University of Calgary and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. In Quebec, we are affiliated with Laval University.
ARC started 2015 with a new, sharper look as Arthritis Research Canada. While our name may be a little shorter, our commitment to making arthritis research a priority for the more than 5.2 million Canadians affected by this disease is still just as big.
What We Do
Practical research for everyday living
Arthritis Research Canada (ARC) conducts consumer-driven clinical research and trials related to arthritis prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and quality of life issues.
We are a patient-oriented research centre, and we approach our work from a wide range of disciplines including rheumatology, rehabilitation science, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics health psychology, health economics and education.
ARC’s important work is supported through working relationships and partnerships with universities, hospitals, funding agencies, arthritis treatment centres, both the BC and Yukon Division and the National Office of The Arthritis Society, and the Government of British Columbia. As well, ARC is incredibly proud to have the generous support of many individuals, corporations and foundations from across Canada, who are all committed to the advancement of arthritis research.
ARC scientists are having tremendous success in obtaining external grant funding to support the many research projects that are highly relevant to Canadians with arthritis.
We are committed to practical research for everyday living, meaning finding the answers NOW to reduce the burden of arthritis, and giving people with arthritis better, more timely, and cost-effective solutions for living with their disease.
Our Mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research and engagement.
Our Vision is a future where research-based services, tools and knowledge empower people living with arthritis to triumph over pain and disability.
Being accountable and transparent, meeting or exceeding standards and expectations for confidentiality, safety, protection of privacy and ethical conduct
Working effectively across disciplines, specialities, organizations and communities to combine efforts and share information in pursuit of shared goals
Constantly seeking and applying leading edge ideas, practices and knowledge while maintaining our commitment to quality and pursuit of the highest standards
Effectively translating unwavering dedication to our mission into practical, relevant, high quality actions that make a positive difference for people living with arthritis