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2005

Dr. John Esdaile, Cheryl Koehn (Arthritis Consumer Experts) and Dr. Gillian Hawker led the Canadian Summit on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care in Ottawa. The arthritis community including patients established by consensus, evidence-based standards for...

2010

Arthritis Research Canada’s Senior Scientist Dr. Linda Li developed ANSWER – an innovative web-based decision aid which helped people with rheumatoid arthritis to decide which treatment is right for them. Learn More

2008

Dr. Diane Lacaille developed the “Making it Work” program, the first comprehensive program specifically designed to prevent work disability in people with inflammatory types of arthritis and foster healthy, productive work lives. Learn More Dr. Antonio Aviña Zubieta...

2004

Arthritis Research Canada’s Senior Scientist Dr. Jolanda Cibere led a landmark study showing that glucosamine, a commonly used supplement for osteoarthritis, has no benefit for joint pain or arthritis progression. Learn More

2000

  Our first center opened on West 10th Avenue in Vancouver, BC. The team was composed of one scientist (Dr. Jacek Kopec), one trainee (Dr. Diane Lacaille), and one administrative staff (Helen Langford).   According to the 2000 Canadian Community Health...

2024

The multidisciplinary research team of Arthritis Research Canada is now over 100 strong. Our world-class scientists are uniquely positioned to address the challenges of living with arthritis through the lenses of rheumatology, orthopedics, physiotherapy, kinesiology,...

2023

Arthritis Research Canada expands to Montreal. Dr. Sabrina Anh-Tu Hoa from Université de Montréal joined our organization as a Research Scientist. Her research focuses on improving the care of patients living with systemic sclerosis. Check out one of the current...

2022

The Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health announces a further $3 million for vital arthritis research at the 2022 ARThritis Soirée. The Province of BC and the Ministry of Health recognize the growing burden of arthritis on our healthcare system and...

2021

  Arthritis Research Canada moves to its forever home located in the heart of British Columbia’s medical and research community. Learn More

2020

The COVID pandemic hit, and Arthritis Research Canada scientists reacted quickly to the need for reliable information. Our research evaluated how arthritis and drugs that suppress the immune system influenced the risk of infection and the outcomes of COVID-19. Our...

2019

The Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health announced $2 million in funding to ensure that critical long-term Arthritis Research Canada studies can continue uninterrupted. Minister of Health, the Honourable Adrian Dix attended the 2019 ARThritis Soirée...

2018

Arthritis Research Canada appoints its first Honourary Patron Beverley McLachlin. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to December 2017. Learn More

2017

  Olympic Snowboarder and Team Canada’s Spencer O’Brien becomes Arthritis Research Canada’s spokesperson and opens up about her personal story with rheumatoid arthritis. Learn More   The Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health commit a...

2016

The Patients Intéressés par la Recherche sur l’Arthrite (PIRA) d’Arthrite-Recherche Canada was formed in the Province of Quebec, with a mission to collaborate on arthritis research and promote the communication of information between researchers, people with arthritis...

2014

The Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health announces a $3 million investment to accelerate arthritis research at Arthritis Research Canada. British Columbia is recognized as the provincial leader in addressing arthritis. Learn More A 5-year, $2.5...

2013

 The first annual ARThritis Soirée took place on May 9, 2013, at the Vancouver Art Gallery and raised $174,000. The event was created to raise awareness about arthritis and funds to support vital research. Learn More

2012

Arthritis Research Canada’s headquarters relocated to the Progressive Construction building on No. 3 Road in Richmond, BC. The rent-free space was generously provided by the Milan & Maureen Ilich Foundation, and the building was renamed the Milan Ilich Arthritis...

2011

Arthritis Research Canada expands to Alberta with scientists joining from the University of Calgary and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. We also welcomed Research Scientists Dr. Susanne Benseler, Dr. Claire Barber, Dr. Glen Hazlewood, Dr. Cheryl...

2007

Arthritis Research Canada partnered with BC’s Ministry of Health to develop a chronic disease management strategy to improve arthritis care in the province. This collaboration, which included Arthritis Consumer Experts, conducted two province-wide surveys to...

2002

  The Arthritis Research Patient Advisory Board was created. The Board is comprised of volunteer advocates with arthritis who bring their lived experience and arthritis knowledge to research decision-making at Arthritis Research Canada. We are committed to...

1999

Arthritis Research Canada was created by world-renowned scientist and rheumatologist Dr. John Esdaile and a dedicated Board of Directors. Together, they shared a vision to conduct practical research for everyday living, research that would immediately touch and...