Over 6 million Canadians, of all ages, struggle with the pain and disability of one or more of the 100 types of arthritis. It is the most expensive chronic disease in Canada and costs our economy an estimated $33 billion per year. Yet, arthritis research only receives 2% of the available research funding in Canada.

Arthritis is a serious disease and can be life-threatening. It is much more than aches and pains and can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life and cause complications that can kill.

Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite recherche Canada’s world-class scientific team is tackling challenges faced by people living with arthritis – challenges that can interfere with going to work, taking care of children, enjoying leisure time, pursuing goals, being physically active and so much more. Our research is aimed at preventing arthritis, facilitating early diagnosis, and finding better treatments to help people live well, despite arthritis.

Below is some of our current research. To learn more about these studies, please click on the images shown.


Daily life with arthritis comes with its fair share of challenges. Learn about research related to physical activity, pregnancy, disease-management and more!

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Over 100,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in Canada each year. 90 per cent are due to OA. Find out how researchers are working to prevent and manage OA.

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RA is a serious autoimmune disease and there is no cure. Find out how research aimed at early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping approximately 300,000 Canadians.

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There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Discover research aimed at helping people with these diseases live high-quality lives.

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To view our completed research projects, please click here.