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Wood Forum on "Arthritis and You"

Thank you to everyone for making this year's Wood Forum a great success.

Slides from the Calgary Wood Forum are available here.

You can view the video highlights of the Edmonton Wood Forum here.


Productivity Loss from Osteoarthritis Will Cost Canadian Economy $17.5 Billion a Year by 2031
Rising rates of osteoarthritis (OA) will cost the Canadian economy an estimated $17.5 billion a year in lost productivity by 2031 as the disease forces greater numbers of people to stop working or work less, a study has found. The upsurge in work time loss comes just as Canadian productivity comes up against a momentous challenge: finding enough workers to replace retiring baby boomers after decades of low birth rates. 

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The new Centre for Mobility and Joint Health (MoJo) is officially open!

McCaig Institute Director and research participant Patricia Salo at the MoJo official opening

McCaig Institute Director and research participant Patricia Salo at the MoJo official opening

September 08, 2016) - A new centre for Mobility and Joint Health (MoJo) opened today that will allow researchers to develop new technologies for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint conditions.

"Science plays a valuable role in society. It provides us with the evidence we need to make policy decisions that improve the environment, economy and our health," says the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. "The Government of Canada is proud to support this tremendous health sciences facility through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. New discoveries in bone and joint research will improve the quality of life for many Canadians."

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Mobility for Life.

The McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health is comprised of basic scientists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, kinesiologists and biomedical engineers who research bone and joint diseases affecting more than six million Canadians. The McCaig Institute strives for early and accurate diagnosis, understanding of disease cause and progression, development of personalized treatments, prevention of bone and joint conditions and improvement of health care delivery in Alberta. Founded in 2007, the McCaig Institute has over fifty member researchers and eighty trainees at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.  The McCaig Institute works closely with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute.

 


Steven Boyd appointed director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

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The University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone are pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Boyd, PhD, as Director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. The appointment is effective January 1, 2016.

Boyd has been a member of the McCaig Institute since 2002. Founded by Mr. J.R (Bud) McCaig, the McCaig Institute is home to a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, clinicians and health system researchers who have established a world-class research program to enhance the prevention and treatment of bone and joint conditions, in order to keep people moving.

In addition to this new role, Boyd is also the scientific director of the Centre for Mobility and Joint Health. More

 


Expressions of Arthritis

Digital storytelling helps children express how arthritis affects them. Dr. Paivi Miettunen secures a Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care grant to roll out a program for young patients with juvenile arthritis. To read more click here.

Arthritis is random.
Sometimes it’s good
sometimes it’s bad,
sometimes it’s all swirled
— Kaysa, age 10