Fall 2022 (Volume 32, Number 3)

2022 CIORA Grant Award Recipients

By Janet Pope, MD, MPH, FRCPC

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The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) is pleased to announce that its granting division, the Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology cAre (CIORA), will be funding 4 two-year grants and 1 one-year grant for a total of $485,626 CDN to projects that will enhance access and innovation for rheumatology care. Additionally, the CRA will set aside $60,000 to fund the CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator Award in 2023 (more details to follow).

Over the last 15 years, CIORA has funded 114 projects and provided almost $8.5M CDN in research funding since 2006.

CIORA’s grant program supports sustainable projects related to:

  • Academic clinical research initiatives related to all rheumatic diseases
  • Clinical research initiatives for community rheumatologists related to all rheumatic diseases

Principal Investigator(s) Title Award
Vinet, E. Personalized therapy in lupus pregnancies. $114,000
Boire, G.
Beausejour, M.
Feldman, D.
Assessing the timeliness of referrals in rheumatology for chronic inflammatory arthritis from a centralized referral system. $111,074
Abikhzer, G. Digital FDG PET/CT versus temporal artery biopsy and ultrasound for first-line diagnostic imaging of giant cell arteritis. $109,326
Barber, C. Development and pilot of a shared-care model for rheumatoid arthritis leveraging an “on-demand” follow-up strategy. $109,796
Gottheil, S. Reducing urgent care wait times in community rheumatology: A quality improvement project. $41,430

A listing of all current and previous recipients is available at

CIORA is issuing another call for grants in 2023!
  • CIORA Online Grant Application System opens January 23, 2023.
  • Letter of Intent must be submitted by February 20, 2023.
  • CIORA Online Grant Application submission deadline is March 31, 2023.

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