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Patients often ask us how they can get involved in research. You can help by supporting research through a donation to the McCaig Institute or by participating in a clinical trial.

The Mobility & Joint Health Facility: Research to Improve Patient Care

Dramatic improvements have been made in transforming health outcomes for individuals living with chronic conditions thanks to researchers at the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. To continue conducting world-leading research, the McCaig Institute is creating a Mobility and Joint Health Facility, a new state-of-the-art clinical research facility that will connect patients, physicians and researchers, helping to expedite the creation and implementation of new treatment and diagnostic tools.


The Mobility and Joint Health Facility will place Alberta at the forefront of research related to this area. It will also allow us to become international leaders in moving research findings into clinical practice as quickly as possible. Fundraising support of this initiative will enable us to develop this state-of-the-art facility and fund research that will allow us to discover new treatments for bone and joint conditions. It will also help us understand how to prevent these diseases from robbing youth of active futures as well as allow all of us to experience pain-free mobility for life.

Staying Active with Arthritis

Researchers at the University of Alberta are hoping to learn more about staying active with arthritis.

If you are an Alberta resident living with arthritis, Dr. Allyson Jones with the University of Alberta's Department of Physical Therapy invites you to take a short online survey (10-15 minutes) that specifically asks about joint pain, how arthritis affects your activity, how you keep active, and some of the challenges with keeping active in your community when you have arthritis. The survey is anonymous – and data will stay with the researchers.

For more information or to begin the survey, please click here.

Get Involved in One of These Clinical Trials:

Looking for Osteoarthritis Subjects

We are investigating a new MRI method for assessing knee osteoarthritis, and we are looking for volunteers meeting the following criteria to participate an MRI knee scan which has been approved by CHREB (ID: REB13-0170_REN1): 

(1) Osteoarthritis Subjects

• Males, Age 20 to 65 years

• Have knee osteoarthritis

• No other orthopaedic diagnosis or related lower limb injuries.

Welcome to contact Xu Dai (Email:, Mobile Phone: 587-703-2453) to learn more.


Randomized, Double Blinded, Placebo Controlled Trial of Ketitofen in Patients with Elbow Fractures or Dislocations

Injured joints, especially the elbow, are at risk for permanent motion loss, also known as joint contractures.  Joint contractures are a recognized complication that occurs often after a traumatic injury.  The benefit of early motion after injury has helped in preventing joint contractures but there are still several patients that develop debilitating joint contractures. 

Current research suggests that mast cells, which are found in the joint, are key in causing the joint contracture.  Research has been done using a medication called Ketotifen.  Ketotifen has been linked to stabilizing the mast cells and preventing the joint contracture.  It is hoped that short-term use of this medication (Ketotifen) after an injury will prevent the contracture from occurring.  This medication is currently used in patients for the treatment of Asthma.

·       Be a healthy man or woman aged 55 to 70 years, (women must be 5 years past menopause)

·       Not have osteoporosis or take osteoporosis medication.

Study participants will have their bone density measured, be given general health questionnaires to answer, and have their blood level of vitamin D measured. They will be required to make periodic visits to our Calgary clinic.

For more information or to volunteer for the study please email or call the

Bone Imaging Laboratory, University of Calgary at 403.220.3888.

We are inviting you to participate in this very important research if you have experienced an injury to your elbow (fracture, dislocation or both).

To be eligible you must be 18 years or older and able to give consent, have an isolated distal 1/3 humerus fracture and/or proximal 1/3 radius fracture and/or elbow dislocation. You must also be able to attend follow-up visits for 1 year after injury.  

For more information, including exclusion criteria please contact