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The Division of Rheumatology at is part of the multidisciplinary Schroeder Arthritis Institute at University Health Network (UHN), which is the largest arthritis program in Canada.
The mission of the Division of Rheumatology is to improve the lives of patients with autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatic diseases through research, education and clinical care. Its vision is global leadership in early diagnosis, innovative treatment and prevention of autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatic diseases.
The Division of Rheumatology has an international reputation for groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care, and it serves as a preferred teaching centre for rheumatology trainees worldwide. Breakthrough research coming out of the Division has already enabled doctors around the world to diagnose patients earlier, resulting in the prevention of irreversible damage. Early diagnoses also mean patients can receive treatments tailored to their specific needs during the first phase of their ailments, radically improving the quality of their lives.
Rheumatology is the medical specialty dealing with disorders of the joints and connective tissues, such as arthritis. With rheumatic conditions comprising over 150 diseases and syndromes – and affecting millions – these disorders give rise to huge health care expenditures and an enormous loss of work, all while diminishing the quality of life of people around the globe. Currently, more than 160,000 people in Ontario over the age of 20 suffer from some form of rheumatic disease.
Due to the increasing accuracy of prognosis, the number of patients with rheumatic diseases continues to grow around the globe. As a result, there is a demand for early intervention and specialized treatments.
The doctors in the Division of Rheumatology at University Health Network are first in their field to meet this demand. Currently, the doctors are documenting patients thoroughly in all aspects of their health, utilizing clinical features and biomarkers that are available.
By following large numbers of patients over long periods of time, patterns are being identified that further our knowledge about the disease. At this time, the doctors are working to establish a new database system to efficiently collect and store patient data. This system will allow for the systematic study of various rheumatic diseases, and is key to understanding and predicting these diseases like never before. This will ultimately lead to early intervention and specialized treatments that will improve the quality of life for the millions suffering from rheumatic diseases.
With the help of our donors we can continue to build on our world-leading research, efforts that build towards better understanding, improved treatments, and an eventual cure for rheumatic diseases. Priorities include:
For more information please contact: Anette Larsson, CFRE, Director, Campaigns, Schroeder Arthritis InstitutePhone: 416 603 5800 ext. 4059 Fax: 416 603 6224 Email:
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