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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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The NIH has awarded $6 million to arthritis research

AMP Program Word CloudThe National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants (a total of $6 million) to members of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (AMP RA/Lupus) Network. The alliance includes various private and public research groups across the United States who are committed to advance research on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus drugs.

AMP RA/Lupus hope to identify and test biologic agents for RA and lupus treatment. Researchers believe that the disease similarities for RA and lupus will allow them to study both diseases at the same time.

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World Arthritis Day: Vision 2043 Winners and Runner Ups

On Sunday, World Arthritis Day announced the winners and runner ups for their Vision 2043 competition. Below are the submissions for the winners and runner ups! Thank you to our friends in the community for sharing this campaign with friends and family and making World Arthritis Day a great success. Continue the conversation online with the hashtag #WorldArthritisDay.

Global Winner – By: Pavlina Pejkovska, Macedonia

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World Arthritis Day is this Sunday!

World Arthritis DayWorld Arthritis Day (WAD) is celebrated on 12 October every year and provides a chance for people and organisations from around the world to join together and raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The World Arthritis Day website is supported and managed by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism.

The aims of World Arthritis Day are:

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Last week to submit nominations for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award!

Award TrophyDo you know someone who deserves an award?

Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? Help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award. This Friday (October 10) is the last day to submit nominations.

To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
  2. Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
  4. Submit the form to info@jointhealth.org.

The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala on October 31, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.