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Arthritis Research Canada strives to accelerate discoveries aimed at preventing arthritis, facilitating early diagnosis, providing new and better treatments and improving quality of life. Our research scientists are working tirelessly behind the scenes to evaluate the care that arthritis patients receive.

They are studying access to rheumatologists, side effects of different treatments and medications, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, mental health support, pregnancy and biologics and much more. If you have a question about arthritis, we have research to address it. Think of arthritis research as a healthcare report card that identifies what is working and what could be done better for arthritis patients.

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Quality of Care

Research Scientists

Dr. Claire Barber, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Claire Barber, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. Claire Barber is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. She is also a research scientist at Arthritis Research Canada and a practicing rheumatologist.

For her PhD thesis, Dr. Barber developed the first set of quality indicators for cardiovascular care for rheumatoid arthritis. She has also developed nationally recognized expertise in quality measure development and has worked extensively with the Arthritis Alliance of Canada to develop a framework for evaluating models of care for inflammatory arthritis.

Dr. Glen Hazlewood, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Glen Hazlewood, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. Glen Hazlewood is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. He is also a research scientist at Arthritis Research Canada and a practicing rheumatologist.

Dr. Hazlewood’s research focus is on understanding how to align treatment choices in rheumatoid arthritis with best evidence and patient preferences. His research is guided by a belief that patients should have a central role in which treatments they take and which treatments physicians recommend for them. He chairs the Guidelines Committee through the Canadian Rheumatology Association and is leading the development of Canadian Guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis. With these guidelines, he is taking a novel approach to incorporating patient preferences – a first internationally.

Dr. Diane Lacaille, MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC

Dr. Diane Lacaille, MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC

Scientific Director, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. Diane Lacaille is the Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology Research and a professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Scientific Director of Arthritis Research Canada and a practicing rheumatologist.

Dr. Lacaille’s research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability. To that effect, she has developed Making-it-WorkTM , an online program helping people with arthritis deal with employment issues. 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with rheumatoid arthritis. Her research has been supported by peer reviewed grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Arthritis Network, The Arthritis Society of Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her research contributions.

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