Arthritis Research Canada’s senior scientist honoured with prestigious Killam Faculty Research Prize

March 21, 2023 (Vancouver) Arthritis Research Canada’s senior scientist Dr. Linda Li has been awarded the Killam Faculty Research Prize in the Science/Applied Science category for her invaluable contributions to arthritis research.

The Killam Faculty Research Prize is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding research and scholarly contributions and have national and/or international research leadership in all fields.

“I am very grateful to be selected for a Killam Faculty Research Prize. My sincere gratitude to my nominators and the support from UBC’s Department of Physiotherapy and Faculty of Medicine. It is an honour to be recognized by one’s peers”, said Dr. Linda Li.

Dr. Li’s research centers on improving the care for people with arthritis and supporting patient self-care. Her contributions in patient engagement have set an example world-wide with how we think about the benefits and risks of being research partners from a patient perspective.

Some of Dr. Li’s more relevant contributions have been; the creation of tools like ANSWER, an interactive decision aid for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and OPERAS, to help monitor rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. In 2021, Dr. Li’s team launched the Citizen Science portal, which joins individuals with scientists who are researching the burden of pain and long COVID. She is currently the creative lead behind KT Connects, a webinar series for novice researchers and trainees.

“Dr. Li’s outstanding research contributions and exceptional leadership fostering a culture of engagement that embeds the principles of inclusivity, support, mutual respect, and co-building make her highly deserving of the Killam Research Prize,” said Diane Lacaille, Arthritis Research Canada’s Scientific Director.




Arthritis Research Canada is the largest clinical arthritis research institution in North America. Our mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research and engagement. Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific director, Dr. Diane Lacaille is leading a team of over 100 researchers, trainees and staff whose life-changing research is creating a future where people living with arthritis have the knowledge and tools to triumph over pain and disability. Arthritis Research Canada is now conducting arthritis research from coast to coast with centres in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and scientists affiliated with six major universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Université Laval, McGill University, and Dalhousie University. Arthritis Research Canada is leading research aimed at preventing arthritis, facilitating early diagnosis, finding new and better treatments, and improving quality of life.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Victoria Rubio

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Arthritis Research Canada

604-207-4010 or vrubio@arthritisresearch.ca

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