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Summer 2020 (Volume 30, Number 2)

Spotlight on the 2020 CRA Abstract Awards

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Ian Watson Award for the Best Abstract on SLE Research by a Trainee
Sponsored by the Lupus Society of Alberta
Winner: Kimberley Yuen, Queen's University
Abstract Title: Using Classification and Regression Tree Analysis to Determine the Validity of the ANAM in the Assessment of Cognitive Impairment in Patients with SLE Compared to the American College of Rheumatology Neuropsychological Battery
Supervisor: Dr. Zahi Touma

Phil Rosen Award for the Best Abstract on Clinical or Epidemiology Research by a Trainee
Sponsored by the Arthritis Society – Phil Rosen Memorial Award
Winners: Kristina Roche & Eugene Krustev, Memorial University of Newfoundland & University of Calgary
Abstract Title: Development of an Affordable and Remotely Accessible Tool in Joint Injection and Arthrocentesis
Supervisors: Drs. Shaina Goudie, Sam Aseer and Proton Rahman

Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Resident
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Dr. Julie Mongeau, Dalhousie University
Abstract Title: Review of Outpatient Referrals to Rheumatology; Adherence to Choosing Wisely Recommendations Regarding Anti-Nuclear Antibody Testing at the Referral Level
Supervisor: Dr. Trudy Taylor

Best Abstract on Basic Science Research by a Trainee
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Sonya Kim, University of Ottawa
Abstract Title: Interferon-Induced Cytokines as Surrogate Markers of the Interferon Signature in Asymptomatic and Symptomatic ANA+ Individuals
Supervisor: Dr. Joan Wither

Best Abstract by a Post-Graduate Research Trainee
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Carolina Muñoz-Grajales, University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Investigating the Differences in ANA Specificities Between Asymptomatic and Symptomatic ANA+ Individuals
Supervisor: Dr. Joan Wither

Best Abstract on Quality Care Initiatives in Rheumatology
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Dr. Arielle Mendel, University of Toronto
Abstract Title: An Initiative to Improve Timely Glucocorticoid Tapering in Vasculitis
Supervisor: Dr. Christian Pagnoux

Best Abstract by a Medical Student
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Declan Webber, University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Genetics of Avascular Necrosis in Children and Adults with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Supervisor: Dr. Linda Hiraki

Best Abstract by an Undergraduate Student
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Chloe Lee, University of Calgary
Abstract Title: Development and Pilot of Novel Process Using Machine Learning and Crowdsourcing to Conduct a Living Systematic Review of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Therapy
Supervisor: Dr. Glen Hazlewood

Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Post-Graduate Research Trainee
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Dr. Nancy Maltez, University of Ottawa
Abstract Title: Longitudinal Changes in Health-related Quality of Life in Systemic Sclerosis Treated with Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Compared to Standard of Care
Supervisor: Dr. Marie Hudson

Best Abstract on Research by Young Faculty
Sponsored by the CRA
Winner: Dr. Lily Lim, University of Manitoba
Abstract Title: Are Patterns of Early Disease Severity Predictive of Grade 12 Academic Achievement in Patients with Childhood-onset Chronic Rheumatic Diseases?

Best Abstract on Spondyloarthritis Research
Sponsored by the Canadian Spondylitis Association
Winner: Anas Samman, University of Toronto
Abstract Title: Differential Expression of Synovial Fluid microRNAs in Psoriatic Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Supervisor: Dr. Vinod Chandran

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