Who We Are
Dedicated to understanding, advancing and sharing knowledge about arthritis research
Arthritis Research Canada was created in 1999 in recognition of the tremendous potential that research can bring to arthritis treatment in Canada, and indeed, the world.
Arthritis Research Canada has earned international attention as a leading arthritis research environment. We have built a strong multi-disciplinary research team of outstanding medical doctors and research scientists, and we willingly collaborate with medical professionals around the world.
With centres in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia, 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. Additionally, in Alberta we are affiliated with the University of Calgary and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, in Quebec, with Laval University and McGill University, and in Nova Scotia with Dalhousie University.
Arthritis in its more than 100 forms is the most costly, chronic disease in Canada affecting over 6 million Canadians and is the number one reason for work disability. Our scientific team is currently engaged in over 100 studies covering the breadth of arthritis. We are determined to reduce the burden of arthritis and give those with this disease more timely and cost-effective solutions to address their healthcare needs.
What We Do
Practical research for everyday living
Arthritis Research Canada conducts clinical research aimed at arthritis prevention, early diagnosis, new and better treatment, and improved quality of life.
We are a patient-oriented research centre, and we approach our work from a wide range of disciplines including: rheumatology, orthopedics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, rehabilitation science, public health, epidemiology, health psychology and behavioural change, health economics, health systems assessment, biostatistics, education, pediatrics, and knowledge translation. Our team is steadfast in their determination to reduce the burden of this disease.
Arthritis Research Canada’s important work is supported through working relationships and partnerships with universities, hospitals, funding agencies, arthritis treatment centres, both the British Columbia and Yukon Division and the National Office of The Arthritis Society, and the Government of British Columbia. As well, Arthritis Research Canada 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.
We are committed to practical research for everyday living, which means finding the answers NOW to reduce the burden of arthritis, and give 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.
Working effectively across disciplines, specialities, organizations and communities to combine efforts and share information in pursuit of shared goals
Maintaining our commitment to quality and pursuit of the highest standards
Constantly seeking and applying leading edge ideas, practices and knowledge
Being accountable and transparent, meeting or exceeding standards and expectations for confidentiality, safety, protection of privacy and ethical conduct
Effectively translating unwavering dedication to our mission into practical, relevant, high quality actions that make a positive difference for people living with arthritis
Appreciating, recognizing and hearing the donors, volunteers, staff and partners who are all essential to our success