Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific experts have been at the forefront of cardiovascular disease research since the launch of PRECISION (Preventing Complications from Inflammatory Skin, Joint and Bowel Conditions) – a $2.5 million project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Our scientists are studying the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren Syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, systemic sclerosis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, giant cell arteritis, and more.

The goal is to understand the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in the legs and lungs and to also identify ways to prevent or decrease these serious, life-threatening complications.

Research Scientist

Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCP

Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCP

Senior Scientist of Rheumatology, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta is an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a senior scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, a practicing rheumatologist, the BC Lupus Society Research Scholar and the Walter & Marilyn Booth Research Scholar.

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