Fall 2017 (Volume 27, Number 3)

2017 CIORA Awards

By Janet Pope, MD, MPH, FRCPC

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The Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) held its 10th grant competition in March and received 34 grant applications this year, which is a record number.

CIORA’s mission, as a unique granting organization, is to improve the care of Canadians living with rheumatic diseases. To that end, CIORA awards grants to scientists whose research helps advance our knowledge and understanding of rheumatic diseases and might not otherwise be eligible for other peer-reviewed funding.

More specifically, CIORA’s grant program supports projects that are sustainable and help promote one of its three core pillars: Awareness/Advocacy/Education, Early Access for Rheumatic Disease Patients, and Multidisciplinary Care Teams.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 grant recipients! CIORA funded three one-year grants and five two-year grants for a total of just over $749,000. This was a very competitive cycle. The topics for CIORA grants are very broad with many unique ideas. Special thanks to our sponsors.

A special thank you to Dr. Paul Fortin for his contribution to CIORA as the Review Panel Chair. Dr. Fortin has served as Chair since 2015 and has provided valuable guidance and direction to the review process. We would like to welcome Dr. Marie Hudson as the new Review Panel Chair.

Janet Pope, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine,
Division Head,
Division of Rheumatology,
Department of Medicine,
St. Joseph’s Health Care,
Western University
London, Ontario

2017 CIORA Grant Awards

Aspirin Patterns of Use and Adherence for Prevention of Pre-eclampsia in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Pregnancies1
Principal Investigator: Dr. Evelyne Vinet
Award: $83,000

Raising Awareness of the Under-recognized Burden of Psoriatic Disease1
Principal Investigator: Drs. Lihi Eder and Karen Tu
Award: $119,024

The Scleroderma Support group Leader Education (SSLED) Program Feasibility Trial: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) Project1
Principal Investigator:Drs. Brett D. Thombs and Marie Hudson

Referral to Rheumatologists by Physiotherapists to Enhance Access to Care: Ability and Acceptability2
Principal Investigator: Drs. Debbie Feldman, Sasha Bernatsky, and Linda Woodhouse

Self-assessment Triage in Inflammatory Arthritis: A Pilot Study2
Principal Investigator:Drs. Mary Bell and Barry Koehler

A Multi-disciplinary, Community-based Group Intervention for Fibromyalgia: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial3
Principal Investigator:Drs. Michelle Teo and Nelly Oelke

Pilot Study of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) That Still Screen Depressed using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression (CES-D) Questionnaire, Despite Adequate Control of Systemic and Joint Inflammation3
Principal Investigator:Drs. Gilles Boire, Patricia Dobkin, and Isabelle Gaboury

Pillars: 1. Awareness/Advocacy/Education; 2. Early Access for Rheumatic Disease Patients; 3. Multi-disciplinary Care Teams

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