Research Areas

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The Many Faces of Bone and Joint Disease

Bone and joint health conditions are leading global causes of morbidity and disability, costing billions in healthcare expenditure and lost earnings.  Findings suggest that 40% of people over 70 years of age suffer from Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, 80% of whom have some limitation of movement and 25% are unable to perform major daily life activities. While OA increases with aging, for many other reasons (active lifestyles, injuries, obesity, etc.) its incidence and prevalence are increasing. Unfortunately, as of 2007, there is no simple “cure” for OA and there are no known treatments which can predictably slow its progression.

The McCaig Institute draws faculty members (rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, engineers and researchers), trainees and laboratory personnel from institutions across the province.  Our researchers are working to improve the lives of people who suffer from osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis as well as other bone and joint conditions and to decrease the number of people who will develop these diseases in the future. Their work is focused on five specific objectives:

1.      Understanding causes of disease

2.      Prevention strategies

3.      Early and accurate diagnosis

4.      Appropriate and effective treatment

5.      Improving patient care


Our Areas of Expertise

In order to achieve each of these objectives, we have researchers with a wide breadth of expertise.  Some examples of the areas our researchers specialize in are shown below:

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Research Chair Positions

Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine | Dr. Carolyn Emery

Arthritis Society Chair in Rheumatic Disease/Rheumatology | Dr. Ann Clarke

Arthur J.E. Child Chair in Rheumatology Research | Dr. Deborah Marshall

Killam Memorial Chair in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics | Dr. Walter Herzog

McCaig Professorship in Joint Injury and Arthritis | Dr. Cyril Frank

Calgary Foundation - Grace Glaum Professorship in Arthritis Research | Dr. Roman Krawetz

Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research | Dr. Steven Boyd

Canada Research Chair | Dr. Tannin Schmidt