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ROAR 2016 – Action on Arthritis: Steps to a better you

ROAR2016 bannerROAR 2016 – Action on Arthritis: Steps to a better you

Join us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada.


What is ROAR?

With rapid changes in access to health care information and health technologies, managing your chronic disease is becoming more collaborative and patient-centred. The ROAR public forum features a group of researchers from Arthritis Research Canada who are at the forefront of these changes. They will share what the latest research, developed in collaboration with patients, is telling us about arthritis care and self-management. Updates on current research will be presented in a relaxed and informative series of talks for people with arthritis and those who care for them. Bring your questions, as this is an interactive forum.

Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (PDT)

Ismaili Centre
4010 Canada Way,
Burnaby, BC

Cost: In-person: $5.00
Webcast: Free (Live webcast starts at 9:30am)

Refreshments will be provided for those attending the in-person event.

Who are the speakers at ROAR 2016?

Dr. Claire Barber, Rheumatologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary

  • People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Barber will outline how to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with RA and how working with your doctor can help achieve the best outcome through earlier screening and better management of risk factors.

Dr. Hyon Choi, Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Sharan Rai, UBC Master’s Candidate

  • Dr.Choi and Sharan Rai will be speaking about diet dos and don’ts, lifestyle changes and medication options in the management of gout.

Dr. Diane Lacaille, Rheumatologist, Professor & Associate Head of Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

  • Dr. Lacaille will speak about supporting people with inflammatory arthritis in dealing with employment issues, preventing work disability, and improving at-work productivity.

Dr. Linda Li, Physical Therapist, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

  • Dr. Li will talk about empowering yourself with education, knowledge and fitness-tracking technology and working with physios as coaches to find the right options for you.

Jenny Leese, UBC PhD candidate and Graham MacDonald, MA, Research Assistant at Arthritis Research Canada

  • Jenny Leese and Graham MacDonald will detail the many issues involved in the use of activity monitors for people with arthritis and for health care professionals. When activity monitors are introduced to arthritis patients and health care professionals the reactions are complex, interesting and sometimes surprising!

Dr. Catherine Backman, Occupational Therapist, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia

  • Dr. Backman will speak about mindfulness activities and health and well-being, providing more self-management options for people with arthritis.

Each presentation will be followed by a short Question and Answer period designed to further discussion both online and in person. Attendees can also join the online conversation with the hashtag #eROAR.

Why should I attend?

This is a great opportunity to connect with other people with arthritis, healthcare professionals and researchers. The face-to-face meeting and live online interaction with researchers will give attendees a unique opportunity to raise personal concerns and questions with ARC researchers, while at the same time sharing the reality of living with arthritis to those who are engaged in steering and shaping the future directions of research.

To register:

Register by phone at 604-207-0400, toll free 1-844-207-0400 or online. For more information, please visit