Arthritis Research Centre of Canada receives Knowledge Translation Prize

Centre leads the way in engaging patients in research and using new media technologies to improve arthritis care

OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Interim Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), announced today that the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada has won the 2012 CIHR-IMHA Knowledge Translation Prize for its efforts to improve the lives of Canadians living with arthritis through high impact collaborative research and innovative methods to educate patients and health professionals.

"At IMHA, we are dedicated to working with our community to support research and knowledge translation activities that have a positive impact on the health of Canadians," said Dr. Gardiner. "We are pleased to recognize the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada for its long-standing commitment to knowledge translation and for the leadership and innovation it has shown in its efforts to improve the lives of people with arthritis."

The CIHR-IMHA KT Prize honours an exceptional individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution in the sharing of research findings to improve health or health care in the field of musculoskeletal health and arthritis.

Since it was established in 2000, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and its team of scientists and support staff have worked with patients, health professionals and health service organizations to produce high quality research and to actively share the findings through a range of channels, including a consumer advisory board, face-to-face meetings, public presentations, educational videos and web-based resources. The Centre has pioneered the use of social media and new digital technologies, such as smartphone applications, to share information with patients and health professionals.

"We are very excited to be awarded the 2012 CIHR-IMHA KT Prize," said Shauneen Kellner, Executive Director of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). "Everyone at ARC believes in the importance of knowledge translation and we work incredibly hard to ensure that it is a key element in all of our research. Along with our commitment to finding answers for people with arthritis we are committed to sharing these findings with the people who will benefit from them most, namely practitioners and people living with this disease. This award recognizes the hard work and innovation of our team and I am honoured to accept it."

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information:

David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563

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