Research activity and funding support have been broadly based in the areas of metabolic bone disease, lupus, scleroderma, inflammatory arthritis, and vasculitis.

Multiple grants have been supported by CIHR, HAHSO Innovation Fund, NIH, The Arthritis Society, The Canadian Rheumatology Association as well as industry partners.

Collaboration with Radiology, Respirology, Nephrology, Geriatrics, Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences has continued.

Dr. Rick Adachi’s work continues to be recognized internationally as one of the most published faculty at St. Joseph’s Health Care. He has several peer-reviewed grants.

Dr. Khalidi continues to be very productive in expanding work in new treatments for vasculitis with NIH and industry funding.

Dr. Larché continues her work in Scleroderma and imaging in inflammatory arthritis.


Major Achievements

Dr. Khalidi remains the Vice-President of CanVasc (Canadian Vasculitis Research Network). He is involved in numerous international research projects in Vasculitis (VCRC/PEXIVAS/DCVAS).

Dr. Kim Legault continues to work on several research projects including guidelines in SLE and CAPS, and the cohort study rivaroxaban in antiphospholipid syndrome.  This has led to the publication of new guidelines for CAPS and Lupus.

Dr. Mark Matsos is an investigator in the LuCIN (Lupus clinical investigator network) and co-author of new Lupus guidelines.

Our fourth annual Clinical Day in Rheumatology was extremely successful.

New Fellowships in Vasculitis and Scleroderma have been established.

New faculty recruitment; Dr. Stephanie Garner having completed a Vasculitis and Rare Disease fellowship and Dr. Kostas Tselios having extensive experience in Lupus Clinical research .

Clinical Scholars Dr. Faiza Khokhar and Dr. Mary-Clair Yelovich supported by the division in completing their Master’s in Education and Quality Improvement respectively.


Rheumatology Research Program

Fellows within the Division of Rheumatology are enrolled in the Hospital for Special Surgery Class-Rheum® research training curriculum.  This program teaches study design through a problem-based approach that is specific to rheumatology.  Fellows work through modules and participate in moderated tutorial discussions throughout their training period and have found it to be very helpful for the preparation of their exams and conducting their own research.
The Rheumatology Research program for trainees continues to build on its strengths of the past.  Research projects are focused on the clinical interests of trainees and give trainees opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills in study design, methodology, data analysis and scientific writing. Types of research currently underway in the Division of Rheumatology include large database analyses, retrospective chart reviews, cross-sectional studies and prospective longitudinal cohort studies.   Rheumatology fellows, internal medicine residents, medical students and undergraduate students often work collaboratively on projects to increase research capacity and optimize efficiency.  Not only do our research studies span the spectrum of clinical areas in Rheumatology (Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.,) but they often take advantage of expertise in other areas of medicine including geriatrics, respirology and nephrology.  The adult Division of Rheumatology has an excellent relationship with our pediatric rheumatology colleagues at McMaster Children’s Hospital which has resulted in research that investigates the transition of patients from pediatric to adult rheumatology care.  Over the past year, our research trainees have included 6 fellows, 13 residents, 9 medical students and 7 undergraduate/graduate students.  Our trainees have successful track records of presenting abstracts and oral presentations at national and internal conferences, many of whom have been recognized with awards for their work. 

Faculty Research Highlights

Dr. Jonathan D. Adachi
Dr. Maggie Larché
Dr. Nader Khalidi

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