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ACR News – Dr. Glimcher presents “Bone Biology”

picture of spinal boneThere are many exciting presentations scheduled for today at the ACR Meeting – one of them is Dr. Laurie Glimcher’s Bone Biology. Dr. Glimcher is a medical doctor at the Stephen & Suzanne Weiss Dean and Provost for Medical College. The topic of Bone Biology will be “Close to the Bone: Novel Genes that Remodel the Skeleton” and will explore the latest findings in genes and associated proteins that are leading toward a new generation of treatment for bone loss.

Bone loss is associated with osteoporosis, old age, and rheumatic disease. Research shows that as the population ages, the prevalence of chronic bone loss increases. Osteoporosis is the most common disease in the world. Rheumatic disease and many of the treatments used to treat rheumatic disease have bone loss as a side effect.

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ACR’s 2014 Annual Meeting: It’s BostON!

Annual-Meeting-LogoThe American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Friday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACR Annual Meeting is rheumatology’s premier scientific meeting for those involved in research or delivery of rheumatologic care or services.

The event is an opportunity for rheumatology experts from around the world to gather in one place to discuss the latest innovations in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases. There will also be presentations on the latest discoveries and research that are transforming rheumatic disease care.

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MPs in the United Kingdom become “Arthritis Champions”

The letter X in a boxArthritis Research UK’s Arthritis Champion campaign had a successful turnout in its second-ever parliamentary reception. The event aimed to raise awareness of the needs of people with arthritis and highlight the challenges to limiting its impact. At the event, twenty-seven MPs (members of parliament) signed up to be Arthritis Champions.

When a MP commits to becoming an Arthritis Champion, they are supporting the Prevent, Transform, Cure – the Arthritis Research UK manifesto. The manifesto calls for decision makers to put in place policies that will lead to the prevention and cure of musculoskeletal conditions while transforming the service provided to those that live with them.

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The Gairdner Awards at the AAC Research Symposium

Fighting disease is one of the longest, toughest battles in the world.  But the rewards of scientific breakthroughs are great – often revolutionary – leading to diagnosis, treatment and cure. The Canada Gairdner Awards celebrate and reward the scientists who make these discoveries.

Great research has no borders. The Gairdners …Canada’s only major international scientific prize, inspire medical research, present and future.  They are ours, but they belong to the world.

— Globe and Mail, Editorial October 2009

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada is happy to announce that two of the recipients of the Canada Gairdner International Award will be presenting “Arthritis Unmasked: Genetics, Treatments and Partnerships” at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2nd Annual Conference and Research Symposium. Sir Marc Feldmann, FRS FAA, and Sir Ravinder Nath Maini, FRS FMEDSCI FRCP, have been recognized “for the discovery of anti-TNF therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases”.

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Seven Canada Gairdner Awards are given annually in three different areas. Each award is valued at $100,000 CDN.

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What is the Qualman-Davies Leadership Award?

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping all Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

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