Arthritis Alliance of Canada 2018 Research Awards Winners

On Wednesday, November 21st, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) recognized recipients of the AAC 2018 Research Awards program at the AAC Annual Meeting Gala Dinner, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Ontario.  

This year’s award categories reflected the following AAC research priorities: 

    • Promoting increased funding for arthritis research
    • Building capacity in arthritis research and innovation (e.g. increase in the number of trainees, involvement of patients in arthritis research, partnerships and linkages)
    • Facilitating and supporting initiatives that harmonize and strengthen research infrastructure and enhance networking to foster collaborations (e.g. optimizing research use of databases, creating new platforms and research infrastructure) and partnership
    • Promoting knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) as effective KTE is critical to ensure that research findings are implemented and lead to improved health outcomes (e.g. involve stakeholders in a) KT co- creation, b) co-interpretation, c) support with dissemination and evaluation where appropriate)
    • Supporting and facilitating patient participation/engagement in arthritis research. 

Eight awards were given out to recognize contributions to arthritis research in Canada: 

  1. PhD Student Award, sponsored by Arthritis Consumer Experts, presented to Dr. Elena Lopatina (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  2. Early Career Researcher in Basic/Clinical Science Award, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Matthew Teeter (London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON)
  3. Early Career Researcher in Health Science/Population Health Award, sponsored by Arthritis Research Canada, presented to Dr. Claire Barber (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  4. Post-Doctoral Fellow Award: sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Shabana Amanda Ali (Krembil Research Institute, Arthritis Program, Toronto ON)
  5. Master Student Award: sponsored by McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, presented to Mr. Scott Brunet (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  6. Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research Award, sponsored by the Arthritis Society, presented to Ms. Cheryl Koehn (Arthritis Consumer Experts, Vancouver) 
  7. Knowledge Translation (KT) Practice Award, sponsored by Amgen Canada, presented to Dr. Sasha Bernatsky (McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC)
  8. Knowledge Translation (KT) Research Award: sponsored by Bone and Joint Institute of the University of Western Ontario, presented to Dr. Nick Bansback (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC) 

 

 

 

 

Sincere congratulations to all award winners! Their continuous dedication and valuable contribution to arthritis research helps improve the lives of millions of Canadians affected by arthritis.

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Arthritis Alliance of Canada 2017 Research Awards Winners  

On Thursday, October 26th, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), a pan-Canadian assembly of more than 30 member organizations including arthritis health care professionals, researchers, funding agencies, pharma industry, governments, arthritis consumer organizations from across Canada, recognized recipients of the AAC 2017 Research Awards program at the AAC Annual Meeting Networking Reception, at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver Hotel, British Columbia.

 Seven awards were presented to the researchers in the following award categories: 

      1. Master Student Award, sponsored by McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and Joint Health, presented to Dr. Alexandra Sirois (McGill University, Montreal QC)
      2. PhD Student Award, sponsored by Arthritis Consumer Experts, presented to Dr. Natalie McCormick (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC)
      3. Post-doctoral Fellow, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Akihiro Nakamura (University of Toronto, Toronto ON)
      4. Early Career Researcher/Early Career Faculty Member Award, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Mary de Vera (Arthritis Research Canada; University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC)
      5. Knowledge Translation (KT) Practice Award, sponsored by Amgen Canada, presented to Dr.  Marie Westby (Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver).
      6. Knowledge Translation (KT) Science/Research Award, sponsored by Bone and Joint Institute of the University of Western Ontario, presented to Dr. Crystal MacKay (University of Toronto, Toronto ON)
      7. Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research Award, sponsored by The Arthritis Society, presented to Ms. Alison Hoens (Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada, Vancouver BC)


 The AAC would like to thank all of our sponsors for the great support in making this program a successful endeavour! We look forward to launching the 2018 AAC Research Program end of May 2018!

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Arthritis Alliance of Canada 2016 Research Awards Winners

On Thursday, April 13th, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), a pan-Canadian assembly of more than 30 member organizations including arthritis health care professionals, researchers, funding agencies, pharma industry, governments, arthritis consumer organizations from across Canada, recognized recipients of the AAC 2016 Research Awards program.

 Seven awards were presented to the researchers in the following award categories: 

      1. Master Student Award, sponsored by McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and Joint Health, presented to Dr. Sharan Rai (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC)
      2. PhD Student Award, sponsored by Arthritis Consumer Experts, presented to Dr. Nicole Tsao (University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Arthritis Research Canada, Vancouver BC)
      3. Post-doctoral Fellow, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Jessica Widdifield (University of Toronto, Toronto ON)
      4. Early Career Researcher/Early Career Faculty Member Award, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Karine Toupin-April (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON)
      5. KT Research Award, sponsored by Bone and Joint Institute of the University of Western Ontario, presented to Dr. Linda Li (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC)
      6. KT Practice Award, sponsored by Janssen Inc., presented to Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON)
      7. Patient Engagement Award, sponsored by The Arthritis Society, presented to Ms. Sheila Kerr (Arthritis Research Canada, Vancouver BC).

 The AAC would like to thank sponsors for making the program possible. The 2016 awards program was a great success; we look forward to launching the 2017 awards program late Spring/early Summer!