The term arthritis is used to describe more than 100 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround them, and other connective tissues. These conditions range from relatively mild forms of tendonitis and bursitis to serious conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases that affect the whole body.
An arthritis diagnosis can pose significant challenges and stop people from doing things they love. The constant pain makes it difficult to take care of children, attend school or go to work, enjoy leisure and family time, stay physically active, and achieve goals.
Arthritis affects over 350 million people worldwide; including 6 million Canadians. This invisible and often misunderstood disease can strike at any age. In Canada, arthritis is more common in women than men (1 in 4 women, compared to 1 in 6 men).
Arthritis Research Canada’s multidisciplinary team of scientists is at the forefront of change in how we prevent, diagnose, treat, and address quality-of-life issues for people with arthritis. We are committed to engaging patients as partners in our research and ensuring their voice is present at all levels of our organization. Their lived experience is fundamental to our research and finding ways to help people overcome the challenges of living with arthritis and thrive.
Research has shown that art adds to one’s well-being and is a great element in managing chronic disease holistically. With this in mind, Arthritis Research Canada’s annual signature ARThritis Soirée, brings together people with an appreciation for art and a desire to support life-changing arthritis research. This elegant cocktail reception is an excellent opportunity to mingle while enjoying delicious food and wine, an exquisite raffle, fantastic art, silent and live auctions and great entertainment.
The 11th annual ARThritis Soirée takes place Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 7 PM at the Paradox Hotel Vancouver. Please join us with your support. Early bird tickets are now available for purchase at arthritisresearch.ca
Learn more about Arthritis Research Canada’s life-changing research here.