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Can biomarkers pinpoint the triggers behind psoriatic arthritis?

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Can biomarkers pinpoint the triggers behind psoriatic arthritis?
Dr. Vinod Chandran

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Vinod Chandran’s goal is to shorten the time between when patients with psoriatic arthritis visit their primary doctor and when they receive a diagnosis.​

One-third of Canadians with psoriasis also develop inflammatory arthritis in the affected joints

There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, but Drs. Dafna Gladman and Vinod Chandran of the Krembil Research Institute are part of an international group looking for the cause, improved diagnostics and more effective treatments.

What exactly is psoriatic arthritis? Dr. Gladman, a Krembil senior scientist, rheumatologist and co-director of the Psoriatic Arthritis Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, explains it is a form of arthritis that occurs in people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that occurs in up to 3 per cent of the general population. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis which presents with pain and swelling in the affected joints and affects about one-third of people with psoriasis.​