JointHealth™ express   August 31, 2012

Update about the upcoming Reaching Out with Arthritis Research (ROAR) Public Forum

Good news for those who cannot attend in person: The event will be webcast live, so you will be able to watch and listen, and even interact by email and Twitter, in real-time.

Arthritis - Active for Life!

Do you have persistent joint pain?
Do you have osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)?
Are you wondering about the best strategies for keeping active?

To ensure that the latest osteoarthritis research gets into the hands of people with arthritis, the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is hosting ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

The scientific researchers at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) will be speaking about the best ways for those with osteoarthritis (OA) to stay active for life. Although there is no known cure for OA, it is possible to reduce pain, improve the movement of joints and limit its effects on daily activities. This event will provide the latest OA management strategies and an update on current research activities:
  • Research and the 2012 updated physician guidelines for managing this disease - Dr. Jolanda Cibere
  • Important management recommendations in early OA - Dr. Linda Li
  • The work factors that may lead to OA - Doctoral Candidate Allison Ezzat
  • How those with moderate to severe OA can protect their joints while staying active - Dr. Michael Hunt
  • Activity recommendations after joint replacements - Dr. Marie Westby
ROAR is an interactive, educational forum that was developed in British Columbia seven years ago. It is an event where the latest research findings are presented to people with arthritis, their family members and the public, in easy to understand language.

Listen and learn. As past attendee and arthritis patient advocate, Delia Cooper says, "Knowledge is key to self-management and ROAR is the single most effective method of providing the public with the knowledge gained through arthritis research studies – knowledge that will make a difference in their lives. But more than that," she adds, "the ROAR forum creates an opportunity for people living with arthritis to influence future research decisions."

The presentations are followed by small group discussions led by ROAR volunteers, which provide patients with an opportunity to question and discuss. Also, near the end of the event, all the speakers will form a panel, moderated by Dr. Catherine Backman, to give attendees a chance to ask any questions on any relevant topic.

Meeting researchers face to face, raising concerns, and asking pertinent questions brings the reality of living with arthritis to the academic research world.

We encourage everyone with arthritis, their friends, family members, and the interested public to attend ROAR and discover the recent developments in the management of OA.

Listen – Learn – Question – Discuss!

Public Forum: ROAR brings the latest arthritis research to you!

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Library Square, Vancouver Public Library

Registration: or call 604-871-4580 or 604-207-4005

Fee: $5

Accessing the free webcast: For details please email and include "ROAR 2012 Webcast" in the subject line.