ROAR 2016

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research - Public Forum

Action on Arthritis: Steps to a better you

Listen. Learn. Ask questions. #eROAR


We would like to thank the members of our Arthritis Patient Advisory Board for their work in presenting the patient perspective, the Ismaili Council for British Columbia in providing volunteer support and the wonderful venue, and all the additional volunteers who contributed their time to make ROAR a success.

We acknowledge the financial support of The Province of British Columbia



To view a video of the entire webcast, please click here.

The presentations, including the slides, individual videos and unanswered questions, will be posted soon.

Ismaili Centre

Speakers and Topics


d_lecailleDr. Diane Lacaille, Rheumatologist, Professor & Associate Head of Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Lacaille will speak about supporting people with inflammatory arthritis in dealing with employment issues, preventing work disability, and improving at-work productivity.



h_choi-s_rai-1Dr. Hyon Choi, Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Sharan Rai, UBC Master’s Candidate

Dr.Choi and Sharan Rai will be speaking about diet dos and don’ts, lifestyle changes and medication options in the management of gout.



l_liDr. Linda Li, Physical Therapist, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

Dr. Li will talk about empowering yourself with education, knowledge and fitness-tracking technology and working with physios as coaches to find the right options for you.



c_backmanDr. Catherine Backman, Occupational Therapist, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia

Dr. Backman will speak about mindfulness activities and health and well-being, providing more self-management options for people with arthritis.



c_barberDr. Claire Barber, Rheumatologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Barber will outline how to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with RA and how working with your doctor can help achieve the best outcome through earlier screening and better management of risk factors.



j_leese-g_macdonaldJenny Leese, UBC PhD candidate and Graham MacDonald, MA, Research Assistant at Arthritis Research Canada

Jenny Leese and Graham MacDonald will detail the many issues involved in the use of activity monitors for people with arthritis and for health care professionals. When activity monitors are introduced to arthritis patients and health care professionals the reactions are complex, interesting and sometimes surprising!



What is ROAR?

With rapid changes in access to health care information and health technologies, managing your chronic disease is becoming more collaborative and patient-centred. The ROAR public forum features a group of researchers from Arthritis Research Canada who are at the forefront of these changes. They will share what the latest research, developed in collaboration with patients, is telling us about arthritis care and self-management. Updates on current research will be presented in a relaxed and informative series of talks for people with arthritis and those who care for them. Bring your questions, as this is an interactive forum.

What can I expect at ROAR?

Each presentation will be followed by a short Question and Answer period designed to further discussion both online and in person. To end the event a Speakers Panel will provide an opportunity for attendees to join the dialogue and ask questions.

Who should attend?

People with arthritis, health care professionals, researchers and the general public will all benefit from this discussion