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Expressions of Interest: Arthritis Research Ambassadors

Expressions of Interest: CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Research Ambassadors

Three people standing togetherThe Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR – IMHA), is seeking applications to fill four vacancies in the CIHR – IMHA Research Ambassadors group. We specifically need representation from young adults, men, vulnerable populations, and representation of disease groups falling under our research mandate including conditions affecting bone, connective tissue, joint, muscle, oral health and skin.

WHO: Research Ambassadors are members of the public who live with, or advocate for others living with a condition that falls under CIHR – IMHA’s research mandate (conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth). Research Ambassadors bridge the gap between researchers and patients, addressing the different stages of the research process known as: Basic Biomedical Science, Clinical Science and Knowledge, and Clinical Practice and Health Decision Making.

WHAT: The main principles of what Research Ambassadors do are: Continue reading

Great news for ACE’s scientific advisor, Arthritis Research Canada

New Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding, awards, and promotions at Arthritis Research Canada will advance arthritis research, treatment and care

Two kids in the sun with hands held highACE’s scientific advisor, Arthritis Research Canada (ARC), has been awarded two Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge to Action grants. Here are the names of the award recipients and a brief explanation of their research projects:

  • Dr. Deborah Marshall’s research, entitled “Building Partnerships to Improve Care of Early Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: Co-developing a Risk Management Tool” aims to develop a tool to help family physicians to motivate people with early osteoarthritis of the knee to institute life-style changes at a time when they can make a difference to the progress of the disease.
  • Dr. Paul Fortin’s research, entitled “Dissemination of the Lupus Interactive Navigator (LIN) – Measuring its Uptake and Impact on Global Health and Self-Care” will be devoted to developing an online tool to facilitate and support engagement, coping and self-management in people with lupus.

The following researchers at ARC have each been awarded a prestigious award from the science community: Continue reading

Happy 155th Birthday Nettie Stevens!

Happy 155th Birthday to Nettie Stevens!

science students workingGoogle paid a tribute to Nettie Stevens today. Stevens was a pioneering American female geneticist and one of the first to be recognized for her contribution to science. She had a brief career as a high school teacher for physiology and zoology before becoming a scientist. As a scientist, Stevens published about 40 papers and is credited for her success in expanding the field of embryology and genetics.

Do you have a favourite science teacher or researcher in your life? Share your stories about how this person inspires you.  Continue reading

Increased risk of attempted suicide in patients with arthritis

Two people sitting with backs to each otherA new study from the University of Toronto found that people living with arthritis are 46 percent more likely to attempt suicide than those living without arthritis.

In the study, researchers looked at factors associated with ever having attempted suicide in a sample of 4,885 patients with arthritis across Canada and 16,859 patients without arthritis. All the data were collected from the 2012 Canadian Health Survey-Mental Health. The research found that: Continue reading

Sexual challenges linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Today’s European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress press conference profiled a study that looked at the connection between sexual dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis. Below is a copy of the press release:

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EULAR 2016

European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress

London, United Kingdom, 8-11 June 2016

ONE-THIRD OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS EXPERIENCE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
New insights into sexual problems linked to rheumatoid arthritis

London, United Kingdom, 10 June 2016: The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) showed that sexual dysfunction is present in more than one-third of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are still sexually active, both men and women. A variety of difficulties may affect RA patients, including lack of libido, painful intercourse, orgasmic dysfunction, premature ejaculation and a non-satisfactory sexual life.

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Depression linked to disease activity

A press release issued on June 9, 2016 by the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress highlighted a study that suggest depression is linked to disease activity and disability in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Below is a copy of the press release:

 

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EULAR 2016

European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress

London, United Kingdom, 8-11 June 2016

DEPRESSION LINKED TO DISEASE ACTIVITY AND DISABILITY IN ADOLESCENTS WITH ARTHRITIS
Study reinforces the importance of psychological assessment and support

London, United Kingdom, 9 June 2016: The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) confirmed a clear association between depression symptom severity and the level of disease activity and disability in adolescent patients with juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA). These findings highlight the importance of psychological health assessment for adolescents with JIA and underline the need for psychological support to be fully integrated into their routine care.