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ROAR 2018

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research - Public Forum

Prevent. Thrive. Find answers.

Arthritis Research Canada conducts research that helps transform the lives of people living with arthritis. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the latest in arthritis prevention and treatment from some of our top scientists at Reaching Out with Arthritis Research 2018 on September 29th (9:30am-12:30pm) at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, BC.

This event will cover arthritis prevention, medication safety during pregnancy, joint replacement surgery advice, basic and cutting-edge assistive devices and activity modifications, the importance of arthritis research and more. 

You’ll even have the opportunity to ask questions!

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research is an annual public forum presented by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board. This event plays an important role in bridging the gap between arthritis research and the public.

Find out more about each presentation below.

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Speakers and Presentation Descriptions

Dr. Mark Harrison, Affiliate Scientist, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia | Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences

Preventing arthritis: Would you if you could?

Asking a question about whether or not someone would prevent arthritis if they could might seem rhetorical. After all, arthritis is painful and life-altering. It affects more than 5.6 million Canadians. But the decision to try to prevent arthritis when you are healthy can be a difficult one. It involves assessing the risks of different treatments, considering what you feel is important and much more. Dr. Mark Harrison highlights the latest research in arthritis prevention and reveals why some decide to take the path to prevention before symptoms appear.


Dr. Mary De Vera, Research Scientist of Pharmacoepidemiology, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia | Canada Research Chair in Medication Adherence, Utilization, and Outcomes | Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

Arthritis medication & pregnancy: Is it safe?

Arthritis can strike at any age. Even pregnant women can have it. In fact, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with arthritis and often during their childbearing years. It is important to understand how arthritis medications impact the health of mothers and babies to support safe pregnancies in women with arthritis. Dr. Mary De Vera sheds light on the use of biologics during pregnancy among women with arthritis and their effects on pregnancy outcomes.


Dr. Nick Bansback, Research Scientist of Health Economics, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia | Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS), Providence Health Research Institute

Fork in the road: Contemplating surgery

Total joint replacement surgery has improved the lives of millions around the globe. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for everyone. The benefits and potential harms change over a person’s lifetime. Age, pain level and expectations for an active lifestyle can determine if a total joint replacement is the right choice. Dr. Nick Bansback reveals how new research is helping personalize information so patients and their surgeons can choose the best treatment options for them.


Dr. Michael Hunt, Affiliate Scientist, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy | Director, Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory, University of British Columbia

Canes, orthotics & footwear: How do they work?

Dr. Michael Hunt covers all things in the way of assistive devices and activity modifications – from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Small changes to everyday activities make a big difference for people living with arthritis. Joint replacement surgery is not the only option. Shoe orthotics make walking easier. Simple exercises help build strength. Walking patterns can be changed to improve function. And soon, patients might even be able to wear sensors to monitor how they move. Get helpful pain management tips, device advice and discover cutting edge technology.


Dr. Catherine Backman, Senior Scientist of Rehabilitation, PhD, Reg. OT(BC), FCAOT

Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia | Affiliated Researcher, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Moving from “What’s the matter?” to “What matters”

How do you measure whether an arthritis treatment is working? Doctors decide if a person’s treatment is effective based on a series of targets – low disease activity, remission, fewer symptoms etc. But if a mom can’t pick up her child or an employee can’t do his or her job, does it matter that the treatment is “working” from a medical perspective? Dr. Catherine Backman turns the traditional way of measuring treatment success on its head. Find out how to stop thinking about arthritis as something that happens to you and start thinking about controlling the disease so you can do the activities that matter most to you.


Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCAHS

Arthritis Research Canada: Transforming lives through research

Around 20 to 30 years ago, people diagnosed with arthritis expected to become more and more disabled over time. They also believed the disease would cut their lives short. But thanks to arthritis research, patients don’t have to accept disability and premature death as their fate. Arthritis Research Canada has conducted life-changing research that suggests heart attacks and strokes in people with arthritis are actually complications caused by inflammation, which can be controlled. This means disability and premature death can be prevented! Find out how early diagnosis is a critical first step in transforming and saving the lives of people with arthritis.

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