Our goal is first, last and always to find a cure for arthritis, and our mission is to develop a world-leading centre that prevents and effectively treats the disease.
Most people think of arthritis as a single disease – but it’s really a group of more than 100 different diseases. Generally speaking, arthritis is the inflammation of joints which results in chronic pain, reduced mobility, premature disability and permanent disfigurement. More than four million Canadians suffer from arthritis or related conditions, and it’s the leading cause of disability in Canada.
The Arthritis Program is Canada’s largest multidisciplinary Arthritis Program with more than 80,000 out patients a year. It has an international reputation for innovative research and exceptional patient care.
The Program includes four divisions. The Division of Rheumatology is ranked number one in North America and considered a global pioneer in psoriatic arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, Sjögren’s Syndrome, and vasculitis. The Division of Orthopedic Surgery provides the most complex surgical treatments for patients with arthritis in Canada with more than 1,000 joint replacements performed each year. The Hand Program provides care for traumatic hand injury, arthritis of the hand, rheumatoid arthritis and work-related injuries. The main goal of the Osteoporosis Program is to bridge the gap between osteoporosis and fractures and it offers diagnostic and clinical services to patients.
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Health Care Professionals
The Division of Orthopedics at UHN and the University of Toronto established the first formal training program in orthopedic surgery and it has become renowned for the pioneering advances made in the specialty. Orthopedic surgeons from around the world visit Toronto to learn and to teach this specialty.
The Arthritis Program plays a significant role in medical student and resident training. We are one of seven affiliated academic training hospitals and provide both clinical and research training to the majority of the University of Toronto medical students and residents in orthopedics, rheumatology, hand surgery and osteoporosis medicine.
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Education at the Arthritis Program
A collaboration among clinicians, surgeons and researchers in its four divisions will allow for a systematic study of the many different forms of arthritis for the first time.
Strategic partnerships have been formed with experts in the field in Canada and around the world. Partners include the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the STAAR Facility (Spatio-Temporal Targeting and Amplification of Radiation Program) and others.
Additional scientists specializing in stem cell research are currently being recruited. The scientist teams will work in the Buchan Family Arthritis Research Centre, currently under construction, in the Krembil Discovery Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, scheduled to open in 2013.
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Research and Innovation at the Arthritis Program