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One in five adult Canadians is currently living with arthritis, a painful, debilitating chronic health condition that affects the mobility of joints and bones. By 2040, that number is expected to rise by 50 per cent, affecting nearly a quarter of our population.
These shifting demographics currently leave our aging population with increasing levels of disability, which in turn limits earning potential in the most productive years, affects relationships with family and friends, and even impacts mental health. Arthritis hits us where it hurts the most.
This is a crisis, and we at the Krembil Research Institute are on the front line. It’s time to invest in our future, by empowering scientific research, so that we can help more people, sooner. University Health Network’s (UHN) Arthritis Program, based at Toronto Western Hospital, incorporates rheumatology, orthopedics, hand and osteoporosis programs under one roof. The program has evolved with the changing needs of our society.
We have assembled a team of the world's most innovative arthritis clinicians and researchers. We have given them the tools, the resources and the support they need to push the boundaries of discovery and to translate those discoveries into advanced patient care.
New technologies – such as sophisticated imaging and biological profiling with immune and inflammatory markers, as well as predictive analytics and artificial intelligence – allow us to diagnose patients earlier, customize their treatment and track their progress in real time.
This interdisciplinary approach helps us to break down silos in order to speed up progress. Our quest for answers has led us to discover, innovate and improve patient care for those who need it most.
It's patients like Jill Miller, Susan Rivers and Everton Williams, all featured in this magazine, who inspire and energize us. We are driven by a passion to make a difference in their lives – to diagnose them earlier and provide them with effective treatments, to help them better manage their symptoms and improve their mobility. Ultimately, we want to help them achieve productive and fulfilled lives, free of pain and disability.
Today, there is no cure for arthritis, but we're envisioning one for tomorrow.
Let's all work together to make this dream a reality.
Dr. Robert Inman Medical director, UHN Arthritis Program Senior scientist, Krembil Research Institute
Dr. Mohit Kapoor Research director, UHN Arthritis Program Senior scientist, Krembil Research Institute