As we leave 2020 behind, we face 2021 with a renewed sense of hope.
Hope that vaccines put an end to the global pandemic. Hope that we see our friends and family again soon. Hope that life returns to normal.
Hope is something people with arthritis know well, whether it be for less pain, the right medication, remission or even a cure.
Arthritis research is the only way to find answers to turn that hope into reality for over 6 million Canadians struggling with this life-altering disease. At Arthritis Research Canada, 2020 changed the way we do research but it didn’t stop our scientists from working tirelessly to improve patients’ lives. 
Arthritis is a misunderstood disease. Many assume it’s no more than aches and pains and only affects older people. It’s actually the leading cause of work disability in Canada and doesn’t discriminate based on age.
We are excited for 2021 and looking forward to continuing to give people, not just hope, but the tools and treatments to triumph over arthritis. 
Happy New Year!
Dr. Diane Lacaille (she/her), MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC
Scientific Director
Arthritis Research Canada


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