October 02, 2007 09:07 ET

Committing $6.3 million to change the future of arthritis

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Science Editor TORONTO / ON / PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - As arthritis awareness month comes to a close, The Arthritis Society is pleased to announce its 2007/2008 commitment toward its Research and Career Development Program. The overall $6.3 million investment will help fund professionals who dedicate their lives to research and exemplary patient care.

For the month of September, until World Arthritis Day on October 12, any public support made online at towards research will be generously matched by Pfizer Canada Inc. up to $25K totaling a significant $50K.

This year's collaborated effort with Pfizer will support The Society's Research and Career Development Program. "Our organization is committed to funding the best and brightest arthritis researchers," says John Fleming, President and CEO, The Arthritis Society. "Working with our partners, we encourage people to double their donation dollars by making an online contribution until World Arthritis Day."

"A world without arthritis, a lofty goal," says Dr. David Hawkins, The Arthritis Society's Interim VP of Medical and Scientific Affairs. "Through our investments in our country's research scientists, we strive for new and better solutions for improving the quality of life for people with arthritis, and ultimately to put an end to all forms of this disease."

Highlights of the Research & Career Development Funding
* $1.8 million to 18 including 7 new research projects
* $1.9. million to career development including 4 Rheumatology Residents, 6 Clinician Teachers, 2 research fellows, 6 Investigators, 4 new Investigators, and 2 Senior Distinguished Research Investigators
* $1.2 million in British Columbia to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Research Chairs and other projects
* $500 000 to the Canadian Arthritis Network
* $500 000 to Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC)
* $200 000 in Ontario to the University Hospital Network

The Arthritis Society's Research and Career Development Program has led to discoveries that identify the genes that cause arthritis. With breakthroughs such as this, and as medical professionals gain a greater understanding of the patterns of the disease, new medications, rehabilitation techniques, and surgical treatments will continue to improve the lives of people with Arthritis. Today's research investments lead to tomorrow's treatments.

About The Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society is Canada's principal not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions, to the nearly 4.5 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its inception in 1948, The Society has contributed approximately $160 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments and ultimately, to find a cure for this debilitating disease.
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