On Sept. 9, the Arthritis Society announced the commitment of $3.4 million in funding for arthritis research across Canada this year. The funding will be used to fund both established researchers as well as provide young investigators with their first opportunities to explore novel ideas within the field of arthritis research. A total of 18 new projects will be funded.
“Canadians with arthritis should know that we are fast approaching real answers to questions that have puzzled arthritis researchers for decades,” said Joanne Simons, chief mission officer at The Arthritis Society. “More sophisticated equipment and advanced technology have enabled us to study disease development and progression more accurately than ever.”
Each year, The Arthritis Society funds exceptional research projects that show the most promise to deliver practical solutions for people with arthritis and to find the cure for this disease. These new grants carry awards that last up to three years.
The following four McGill researchers were awarded grants:
Dr. Shawn Robbins, Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, earned both a Young Investigator Operating Grant and a Young Investigator Salary Award for his work in knee osteoarthritis.
Dr. Hélène Beaudry, Faculty of Medecine, won a Post Doctoral Fellowship Salary Award for her work on the role the nervous system plays in the development of arthritis.
Dr. Hugues Petitjean, Faculty of Medicine, earned a Post Doctoral Fellowship Salary Award for his research into new methods to control osteoarthritis pain.
Dr. Jessica Widdifield, Faculty of Medicine, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, won a Post Doctoral Fellowship Salary Award for her exploration into the causes and contributors of early death in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.