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New! First interview from CRA ASM

Today, we introduce our first interview from the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Annual Scientific Meeting. Here, Dr. Carter Thorne, president of the CRA, discusses the value of the annual event.

Arthritis Consumer Experts and the Arthritis Broadcast Network attended the event to learn as much as we could about the latest in arthritis research and care. While there, we interviewed rheumatologists (arthritis specialists)i, researchers, arthritis consumers, and people on the street. If you haven’t been following our activities, please check out our previous updates:

* ACE in Ottawa

* Happy Valentine’s Day

* Le comité ACE à Ottawa

* Ma vie avec Spondylarthrite Ankylosante – Une rencontre mémorable à Ottawa !

Come back to ABN often to watch more interviews, which will be rolled out in the coming days.

Arthritis – Active for Life! TOMORROW

ROAR 2012 Postcard

To ensure that the latest osteoarthritis research gets into the hands of people with arthritis, the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is hosting ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

The scientific researchers at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) will be speaking about the best ways for those with osteoarthritis (OA) to stay active for life. Although there is no known cure for OA, it is possible to reduce pain, improve the movement of joints and limit its effects on daily activities. This event will provide the latest OA management strategies and an update on current research activities:

  • Research and the 2012 updated physician guidelines for managing this disease – Dr. Jolanda Cibere
  • Important management recommendations in early OA – Dr. Linda Li
  • The work factors that may lead to OA – Doctoral Candidate Allison Ezzat
  • How those with moderate to severe OA can protect their joints while staying active – Dr. Michael Hunt
  • Activity recommendations after joint replacements – Dr. Marie Westby

Concerned that it’s too late to participate? Not to worry. It will be webcast live and you will even be able to interact by instant messaging. For details please email and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.

Listen – Learn – Question – Discuss!

Public Forum: ROAR brings the latest arthritis research to you!

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (PDT)
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Library Square, Vancouver Public Library

Registration: or call 604-207-4005

Fee: $5

Accessing the free webcast: For details please email and include “ROAR 2012 Webcast” in the subject line.

AS it Goes – Waiting Room Chairs

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We’ve all sat in doctors’ offices for hours on end, waiting to be invited in to the inner sanctum of knowledge. And the more specialized the doctor, it seems, the longer the wait. So why is it that the chairs in these offices are so darn uncomfortable? Many of us spend hours – literally – waiting for doctors who are swamped with patients. The waits are nerve-wracking: you may be expecting test results or wondering what on earth your latest symptoms mean. But the chair for your “sit upon” should not be the cause of even more (dis)stress. Continue reading

ARC Fellows Circle

Guests attend the ARC Fellows Circle event at the Arbutus Club on Tuesday, June 19th.  Highlights included research presentations on Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Dr. Diane Lacaille stands next to her poster that outlines her latest research


What is the ARC Fellows Circle?

The Fellows Circle is ARC’s leadership giving circle.  Donors who give $2K and above become members of the Fellows Circle.  Through their generous leadership commitment, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada can continue to advance leading research, and find answers which save lives for  people living with arthritis. Continue reading

Competing to Raise Awareness: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Helgi Olafson is training to become a triathlete. Every week he bike rides 200 miles, runs 50 miles, and paddles 25 miles to train for that goal. He lives with ankylosing spondylitis. Last month, he ran the Kona Marathon, to raise awareness of this disease that affects 1 in 200 people.

Running the 26.2 miles in just under 4 hours, he placed 5th in his age category and 55th out of a total of 450 marathoners. Well done, Helgi!

Read about Helgi’s story on “The Faces of Ankylosing Spondylitis” or on his own blog, “Helgi Olafson: Road to Ironman” where you can get his thoughts leading up to the marathon and after.





Ah, Summer!

Isn’t summer everyone’s favourite season?  Everything conspires to lift one’s mood—the welcome glow and warmth of the sunlight, the sweet freshness of our marine air, the lushness of our gardens, the long, bright days.

Summer invites, nay demands, activity and many different forms of Interaction.

The latest issue of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada’s consumer newsletter, The Arthritis Newsletter: Summer 2012, is all about interaction, such as the one between consumers and researchers working and learning together.