Arthritis Alliance of Canada 2018 Research Awards Program

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.