The Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program (ACAP) was formed in 2003, when the organizations working to help people with arthritis live better lives joined together. More than 30 organizations are involved. While each group continues its own work, ACAP provides a central focus for all arthritis-related initiatives.
The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for Canada’s largest and most comprehensive facility dedicated to arthritis and autoimmune disease research, as well as related musculoskeletal health and orthopaedic surgical activities. The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre at UHN brings together the innovation, talent and resources needed to achieve global impact and provide exemplary patient care, research and education.
The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) conducts consumer-driven, practical research into the prevention, treatment and self-management of arthritis for Canadians. ARC is a patient-oriented research centre, and approaches its work from a wide range of disciplines including rheumatology, rehabilitation science, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health psychology, health economics and education. ARC’s important work is supported through working relationships and partnerships with universities, hospitals, funding agencies, arthritis treatment centres, and both the BC and Yukon Division and the National Office of The Arthritis Society.
The Bone and Joint Decade, a multidisciplinary initiative, was formally launched at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on 13 January 2000. The goal for the Bone and Joint Decade is to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculo-skeletal disorders throughout the world. The Bone and Joint Decade will do this through the following aims:
The Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) is a gateway to arthritis research and development in Canada. It is a one point of contact link to leading Canadian arthritis researchers and clinicians, Canadian academic institutions, The Arthritis Society, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies involved in arthritis, government organizations, and many of Canada’s brightest new arthritis researchers. CAN offers access to research and development on arthritis in Canada, including intellectual property, literature and opportunities for work on multi-disciplinary projects. CAN is part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Canada’s flagship science and technology program.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's premier health research funding agency. CIHR funds over 8,500 researchers in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada. It invests in high quality people, excellent science and training the next generation – the backbone of a knowledge-based economy. CIHR`s mandate is “to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.”
The Canadian Network for Improved Outcomes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (CaNIOS) is a network of diversified research and clinical expertise collaborating to learn more about lupus and how to improve the quality of life of those affected with the disease across Canada. It includes 16 centres across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. Participants are usually rheumatologists affiliated with a rheumatic disease unit, but they may also be rheumatologists in community-based practices, immunologists, epidemiologists, psychologists, research nurses, biostatisticians and health economists.
The Canadian Osteoarthritis Research Program (CORP) is comprised of a team of individuals with common interests and expertise in musculoskeletal conditions, joint replacement surgery, aging, pain, fatigue/sleep and mental health.
Rehabilitation Science is the systematic study of the physical and psychosocial dimensions of human function throughout the lifespan of individuals with impairments, disabilities and/or handicaps. The M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science is a thesis program, not a professional program, leading to a professional practice license. The program will enhance the growing research activity in the area of Rehabilitation Science and prepare students for further graduate study.
Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. Health Canada strives to improve the health of all Canada’s people, while respecting individual choices and circumstances, and therefore seeks to put Canada among the countries with the healthiest people in the world.
In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living for all Canadians. Health Canada ensures that health services are available and accessible to First Nations and Inuit communities. It also works closely with other federal departments, agencies and health stakeholders to reduce health and safety risks to Canadians.
Hospital Report Research Collaboration (University of Toronto) (HHRC) is an independent Research Collaborative with a mandate to conduct research and engage Ontario hospitals in performance measurement and management activities. Its objectives are to:
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) is an independent, non-profit organization with a mandate to conduct health services research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality, equity and efficiency of health care in Ontario. Through the addition of new databases, recruiting new staff and researchers, ICES continues to broaden its research capacity and build upon its diverse disciplines and expertise. Partnerships also play a key role in ICES’ research and dissemination efforts. Many of its publications are available free of charge.
The ministry is responsible for administering the health care system and providing services to the Ontario public through such programs as health insurance, drug benefits, assistive devices, care for the mentally ill, long-term care, home care, community and public health, and health promotion and disease prevention. It also regulates hospitals and nursing homes, operates psychiatric hospitals and medical laboratories, and co-ordinates emergency health services.
Osteoarthritis & You is the internet home of the “Tooling Up for Early Osteoarthritis: Measuring What Matters” research team. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Arthritis Network, the main goal of the Tooling Up for Early Osteoarthritis research team is to learn how health care professionals can do a better job of identifying OA at the earliest possible stages.
The mission of The Arthritis Society (TAS) is to search for the underlying causes and subsequent cures for arthritis, and to promote the best possible care and treatment for people with arthritis. TAS is Canada’s only not-for-profit organization devoted solely to funding and promoting arthritis research, programs and patient care. It has a national administrative office in Toronto, division offices in each province, and nearly 1,000 community branches throughout Canada.
Consultation and Rehabilitation Service (CARS) is a province-wide program administered by The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division (TASOD). It is funded by the Ministry of Health and provides comprehensive, community-based rehabilitative services to people with arthritis. Occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers focus on management to maximize the clients’ functional independence, their ability to manage their disease and their ability to direct their care. Service is provided in the context of the client’s support network, including home, work and school environments. TASOD also provides a range of support services to people with arthritis throughout Ontario.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) is Canada’s largest rehabilitation hospital. Its goal is to advance rehabilitation and enhance quality of life by pushing the frontiers of rehabilitation science. As a fully affiliated and specialized teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, TRI generates new knowledge, puts it into practice and shares its discoveries with others. Its research, education and patient care focus on helping the thousands of Canadians who experience disabling illness and injury every year. TRI also trains the health care professionals of tomorrow in all areas of rehabilitation and continuing care.
One of the three research institutes comprising University Health Network (UHN) Research, Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI) is home to research programs associated with the neural and visual sciences, musculoskeletal disease, and urban and community health priority programs at UHN.