Thanks to Arthritis Research Canada I was able to attend the 2021 Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professionals Association annual scientific meeting virtually. During the conference I conducted interviews for Arthritis Broadcast Network youtube channel. If you are curious about the latest updates in arthritis care and research head over to their channel to see interviews with Canada’s leading arthritis experts and patients.

These are the interviews I did for the 2021 event – Be ready to learn a lot! I certainly did!

Thank you to Arthritis Broadcast Network for having me, Arthritis Research Canada for sponsoring me and the arthritis health care professionals who let me interview them! Thank you for all you do for the arthritis community. 

Dr. Nigil Haroon

In 2016, Dr. Haroon won the Young Investigator Award at the CRA & AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting. He has 57 peer-reviewed publications. Some of them have transformed clinical care and prevention of cardiovascular disease in ankylosing spondylitis.

In this #CRArthritis interview, Eileen Davidson, member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada, interviews Dr. Nigil Haroon, Scientist at Krembil Reserach Institute, on research updates and self management tips for spondyloarthritis. They discuss the differences between spondyloarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Lastly, they share insights on how arthritis can impact a patients’ mental health.

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 Dr. Linda Li

In this #CRArthritis interview, Dr. Linda Li, physiotherapist in British Columbia and Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, shares her insights on delivering physical therapy services through virtual care, goal setting in physical activity, and the OPERAS study (and how it can help you!). Thank you to our guest interviewer, Eileen Davidson, Member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada and proud mother living with rheumatoid arthritis!

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Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles

In this #CRArthritis interview, Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, rheumatologist at the McGill University Health Centre Division of Rheumatology and Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, shares her insights on pain, pain management, fibromyalgia, and diet. Thank you to our guest interviewer, Eileen Davidson, Member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada and proud mother living with rheumatoid arthritis!

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Dr. Jason Kur

In this #CRArthritis​​ interview, Dr. Jason Kur, President of the BC Society of Rheumatologist and rheumatologist at Vancouver General Hospital, explains what gout and osteoporosis are. Dr. Kur also provides insights on arthritis models of care and self-management tips for arthritis patients.

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Dr. Dawn Richards


In this #CRArthritis​​​ interview, Dawn Richards, Vice President of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, discusses how patients can engage in research as patient partners. Dawn presented at this year’s Canadian Arthritis Research Conference on the topic of patient partners and engagement in research. Dawn Richards, PhD, lives with rheumatoid arthritis and is volunteer Vice President of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance. She advocates for arthritis awareness, access to treatment, patient participation in decision-making and as research collaborators, and the importance of research. She combines formal training as an analytical chemist with her passion for patient perspectives to inform research and healthcare. Clients include the Network of Networks, Clinical Trials Ontario (where she is the Director of Patient and Public Engagement), the SPOR Chronic Pain Network, and the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.


Dr. Jasmin Ma

In this #CRArthritis​​​​ interview, Dr. Jasmin Ma, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Arthritis Research Canada, explains the difference between physiotherapy and kinesiology and how behavioral change and inclusivity can impact a patient’s plan to start exercising. In addition, Dr. Ma demonstrates some exercises patients living with arthritis can do as part of their arthritis self-care. Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioral science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active.

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