September is

Arthritis Awareness Month

Help people triumph with #ArthritisResearch

September is Arthritis Awareness Month. A time to shine the spotlight on an invisible and misunderstood disease – and an opportunity to highlight the innovative life-changing research being conducted right across the country by Arthritis Research Canada.

Arthritis is a serious disease – affecting 6 million Canadians, young and old. It is responsible for 1 in 10 doctor visits and 1 in 16 hospitalizations. Arthritis is the #1 most reported chronic condition by women and #3 by men, and can cause life-threatening complications.

Research is the only way to find answers that will ease the pain, lessen the disability and improve the quality of life for people living with arthritis. Arthritis Research Canada works for and with patients. Research is our focus. We find solutions that help people triumph over arthritis.

Throughout the month of September, we invite you to learn more about our life-changing research, how you can participate in research, and join us with your support to ensure vital research continues. We can’t do it without you.

Meet Our New Scientific Director

After 21 years with Arthritis Research Canada, Dr. Lacaille has journeyed from Trainee to Scientific Director. This past July, Arthritis Research Canada proudly announced that Dr. Diane Lacaille was stepping into the position of Scientific Director – taking over the reins from retiring Scientific Director, Dr. John Esdaile.

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Together, let’s make #ArthritisResearch a Priority


Arthritis Research Canada scientists are finding ways to help people with arthritis stay active, manage pain and symptoms, prevent complications, stay employed, and much more. Learn about our current research studies on Everyday Living, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Other Type of Arthritis.

Reddit AMA

On September 23rd at 11 AM PDT, join Arthritis Research Canada’s Scientific Director, Dr. Diane Lacaille for a Reddit AMA or “Ask Me Anything.” Ask questions about the 100 different forms of arthritis, prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, plus more!

Support Our Research

By donating to Arthritis Research Canada your dollars go directly to supporting arthritis research. Make a one-time gift or become a monthly donor by joining our Loyalty Circle. Consider a Tribute Gift in honour of someone special. Thank you for helping vital arthritis research continue. We can’t do it without you!

Arthritis Research
Education Series

Arthritis Research Canada works for and with patients. Presented by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board, the Arthritis Research Education Series has been created to take an in-depth look at arthritis research that matters to you. Check out episodes on Knee Osteoarthritis and Running, and Anxiety & Depression in People with Arthritis.

Fall Newsletter

Get to know Dr. Diane Lacaille, Arthritis Research Canada’s newly appointed Scientific Director. Hear stories from people with arthritis and learn how they’re adjusting to the ‘new normal’ and preparing for the return to workplace or school. Arthritis Patient Advisory Board member, Eileen Davidson talks candidly about her struggles with mental health. Go behind the scenes of arthritis research and much more.

Create Your Legacy

Create a Legacy Gift. Legacy Gifts can have a lasting impact on arthritis research now and for the future. By leaving a gift in your Will to Arthritis Research Canada you help find solutions that allow people triumph over arthritis.

Tools & Resources

Arthritis Lifestyle Management Guide

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Over 150 useful tips. Because life doesn’t end when arthritis begins. The Arthritis Lifestyle Management Guide is a compilation of many techniques used by Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB) members to cope with the everyday challenges faced by people living with arthritis. The information provided in this publication is only a guide. It is not intended to replace the recommendations of your health care provider(s). This guide seeks to help people with arthritis by providing alternate approaches to performing everyday tasks, approaches that can help make life tasks a little easier and help protect the joints affected by arthritis.


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A decision aid for people with rheumatoid arthritis who are considering biologics with their rheumatologists. This tool is designed to help people reach a treatment decision that is right for them.

OPERAS Health Tracking

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Available to participants globally. People who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do better when they are supported and encouraged in their self-care. OPERAS (On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management) is an easy to use web/mobile app designed for people with RA to track their health. This app helps people to “see” how their symptoms and physical activity levels change over time, together with the treatment they use. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this information can be helpful for people with RA to plan all the things that they juggle in their self-care.

Arthritis Research Canada Responding to COVID-19

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Find latest information on #COVID19 addressing specific concerns for people with arthritis.

Join the Conversation #ArthritisResearch

 Arthritis Research Canada will be providing information about our research, sharing articles and stories from different perspectives throughout the month of September. Join the #ArthritisResearch conversation and share our posts to create awareness about this disease and the importance of arthritis research.

By 2036, 1 in 5 Canadians will have a disabling form of arthritis.
Please act now and help vital research continue.