JAN 21

RESIDENTS'
PRE-COURSE (PART 1)

Jan 28

REVIEW COURSE

Jan 28-29

AHPA PRE-COURSE

Jan 31

CRA Membership Early Bird Registration Closes*

FEB 2

RESIDENTS'
PRE-COURSE (PART 2)

FEB 2-5

ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

Feb 7-8

CANADIAN ARTHRITIS RESEARCH CONFERENCE

* Registration closes at 11:59 pm EST.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Lori Albert
Dr. Lori Albert is a Rheumatologist at the University Health Network and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto. She is the Education Lead for the Schroeder Arthritis Institute and Education Co-Lead for the emerging Centre for Human Immunology Research and Education at University of Toronto. Dr. Albert has a particular interest in enabling “immunology literacy”, and currently leads the Immunology Curriculum for the Rheumatology Training Program at University of Toronto.

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Dr. Sibel Aydin
Dr. Sibel Aydin is a rheumatologist with 15 years of experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound, a EULAR-trained-trainer on the subject, member of CRUS (Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society) and the co-leader of the GRAPPA (The Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) Ultrasound group. Despite having worked in different settings within this period, including community and academy, as a trainee or a staff, with or without trainees, musculoskeletal ultrasound was always incorporated into her clinical practice. She had established a practice over the years that includes ultrasound as a crucial part of the clinical care, a training program, and a research program using musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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Dr. Philip Baer
Dr. Philip Baer is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he was the class gold medalist. He completed his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Baer is Medical Director of ivari, Texas Life and Canadian Premier Life, Secretary of the Section of Rheumatology of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), President of the Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA). Awards: 2011 GTA Community Rheumatologist of the Year; 2012 OMA Section Service Award and ORA Rheumatologist-of-the-Year; 2016, CRA Practice Reflection Silver Award.

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Dr. Cheryl Barnabe
Dr. Cheryl Barnabe is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She holds leadership roles at the University of Calgary as Vice-Chair for Indigenous Health in the Department of Medicine, and as the Deputy Director for the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. She is a Canada Research Chair in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases, and her research program focusses on equity in health service delivery and arthritis outcomes, most specifically for Indigenous populations in Canada.

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Dr. Susan Bartlett
Dr. Susan Bartlett is a Professor of Medicine at McGill and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She trained as a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist. Susan is one of the few psychologists who specializes in conducting research in inflammatory arthritis and also counseling patients with rheumatic diseases. Her research focuses on patient- centred research, measurement development, treatment adherence, and psychosocial factors that impact patient outcomes. She is a member of the AHPA tis Board, the Arthritis Research Professional Board, the NIH PROMIS Board of Directors, and the American Thoracic Society Board of Directors. She has been a member of the CRA annual scientific program committee for several years.

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Dr. Louis Bessette
Dr. Louis Bessette completed his medical training in rheumatology at Laval University in 1993. From 1994 to 1996, he received a formation in clinical research at the Multipurpose Arthritis Center of the Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. During the same period, he completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He was director of the rheumatology program from 2006 to 2016 and head of the rheumatology department of the CHU de Québec from 2014 to 2019. He is a member of the scientific committee of the CATCH (Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort) study, director of the RHUMADATA registry in Quebec City, and the director of the research center GRMO (Groupe de recherche en rhumatologie et maladies osseuses). He is also a member of the Board of the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

He has participated in over 200 randomized clinical trial in rheumatology. He is the author and co-author of more than 130 scientific manuscripts and 500 abstracts presented at scientific conferences. His major research interests include rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and pharmacoeconomic studies.

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Dr. Inés Colmegna
Dr. Inés Colmegna is a rheumatologist, Associate Professor, and clinician scientist in the Division of Rheumatology and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. She holds a Chercheur Boursier Senior award from the FRQS. Dr Colmegna’s group studies the role of human stem and progenitor cells in immune tolerance. Her clinical research includes interventions to reduce the risk of co-morbidities in people living with rheumatoid arthritis. In particular, during the last 5 years she focused on vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Dr. Hugo Chapdelaine
Assistant professor, Université de Montréal. Director, Adult Clinical Immunology Program, Montreal Clinical Research Institute.

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Marcia Correale
Marcia Correale is the Clinical and Education Practice Lead (PL) for the Rapid Access Clinic – Low Back Pain (RAC-LBP) provincial operations team. She is also an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist and the Clinical PL for the Toronto Western Hospital RAC-LBP program. In response to COVID-19, Marcia and the provincial leadership team developed the RAC-LBP Virtual Care Toolkit, including online resources and videos, to enable standardized virtual care across Ontario and improve the virtual care experience for both patients and providers. The Toolkit is endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Bone and Joint Canada and continues to be a valuable resource.

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Dr. Benjamin Ellezam
Dr. Benjamin Ellezam’s pre-medical education includes a BSc in biochemistry and a PhD in neuroscience. He studied medicine and anatomic pathology at U. de Montréal and completed a two-year fellowship in neuropathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He has been staff neuropathologist at Sainte-Justine Hospital/U. de Montréal since 2012 and is currently Clinical Associate Professor. He provides a busy neuromuscular pathology referral service for hospitals throughout the province of Quebec, has been invited as keynote speaker at national meetings and is involved in multiple research projects with collaborators in neurology, oncology and rheumatology.

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Dr. Dilan Dissanayake
Dr. Dilan Dissanayake is a staff rheumatologist and transition clinician-scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto in 2014, with a research focus on immune dysregulation. Following this, he completed his residency training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Toronto before joining the Division of Rheumatology at Sick Kids in 2019, where he cares for patients in the Autoinflammatory Clinic. In the lab, he applies his immunologic expertise to understanding the cellular and molecular processes that contribute to inflammatory diseases.

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Dr. Jan Dutz
Dr. Jan Dutz is Professor and Head of the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia. He is a Senior Scientist with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, where his research focus is the skin immune system and the manipulation of this system to promote immune responses and induce tolerance. He is a rheumatologist and dermatologist with special clinical interest in the cutaneous manifestations of autoimmunity and rheumatic disease.

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Dr. Lihi Eder
Dr. Lihi Eder is Clinician-Scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Eder has a broad background in rheumatology with specific training and expertise in clinical epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis and cardiovascular diseases in rheumatic patients. She is co-Director, University of Toronto, Cardio-Rheumatology Program, an interdisciplinary program that aims to improve the management of cardiovascular morbidities in rheumatic patients by developing novel models of care and through research and educational activities.

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Dr. Aurore Fifi-Mah
Dr. Aurore Fifi-Mah (she/her/elle) is a Rheumatologist and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She was born and raised in the French island of Guadeloupe and initially trained as a rheumatologist in France. She is also a Canadian board-certified adult rheumatologist, trained in the Internal Medicine and Rheumatology programs at the University of Calgary. She has an interest in vasculitis and complex auto-immune/inflammatory diseases.

She is a member of the newly formed Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) task force of the CRA. She is working with her co-members to integrate the pillars of EDI into the guiding principles of CRA.

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Dr. Natasha Gakhal
Dr. Natasha Gakhal is a rheumatologist at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto with an expertise in quality improvement and an interest in improving triage and access to care.

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Dr. Paula Harvey
Dr. Paula Harvey is Physician-in-Chief, F. M. Hill Chair in Women’s Academic Medicine, and Scientist, Women’s College Hospital and Women’s College Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr Harvey is Co-Director of the Women’s College Hospital Cardio-Rheumatology Ambulatory Program. Dr Harvey’s overarching clinical and research focus is on cardiovascular disease in women, with a special interest in hypertension and autonomic disorders, cardiovascular diseases in patients with autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, and in therapeutic lifestyle interventions.

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Dr. Gillian Hawker
Dr. Gillian Hawker is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute. She is a rheumatologist and health services researcher whose research has focused on improving access to and outcomes for care for people with osteoarthritis, with a particular focus on disparities in access to total joint replacement surgery. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and in 2020 was the recipient of the International Osteoarthritis Research Society Award for Clinical Research.

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Dr. Glen Hazlewood
Dr. Glen Hazlewood is a rheumatologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on medication effectiveness and safety, patient preferences, and clinical practice guidelines in rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. He is the current Chair the Guidelines Committee through the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and co-chaired recent CRA COVID-19 vaccination guidelines in people with autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

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Dr. Megan Himmel
Dr. Megan Himmel is a PGY-5 rheumatology trainee at the University of Toronto and holds a PhD in Immunology. She has a special interest in immunology education and has contributed to the development of the Immunology Video Series Library that is used within the immunology curriculum of the rheumatology training program at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Marie Hudson
CanRIO is a network of Canadian rheumatologists and researchers with expertise in the management of the rheumatic complications of cancer immunotherapy and on the management of patients with rheumatic disease who are being treated or being considered for treatment with immunotherapy. The group’s three main objectives are 1) to perform collaborative research across Canada to enhance our understanding of Rh-irAE, 2) to facilitate the education of physicians and allied health professionals on this rapidly evolving area of medicine, and 3) to establish referral centers and collaborative networks between rheumatology and oncology across Canada to ensure facilitated access and optimal management of cancer patients with rheumatic disease.

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Samir Magdy Iskander
Samir Magdy Iskander is a 4th Year Medical Student at Western University interested in treatment of chronic disease. Samir will be presenting work supervised by Dr. Janet Pope and Dr. Andrew Chow focused on the real-world durability of novel biological DMARDs and JAKI inhibitors in a real-world Canadian cohort.

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Dr. Nicole Johnson
Dr. Nicole Johnson is a clinical pediatric rheumatologist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Johnson has been a passionate advocate for community awareness for children with rheumatic diseases. She holds the positions of Co-Curriculum Lead for Post Graduate Medical Education for Racial Equity in Healthcare at the Cumming School of Medicine and Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

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Dr. Stephanie Keeling
Dr. Stephanie Keeling is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta Division of Rheumatology. She completed her Master’s in Experimental Medicine with Walter Maksymowych, studying inflammatory back pain in spondyloarthritis. Since that time, she has established the Lupus Clinical of Northern Alberta (LUNA) with conjoint clinics in Dermatology. She has also collaborated with Cardiology at the Mazankowski Heart Institute and conducted a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic for Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases which has now evolved into the new ON-Traac (On Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, Access to Care) program with co-director Steven Katz. This treat-to-target clinic for inflammatory arthritis includes co-morbidity management for osteoporosis and cardiovascular risk utilizing a shared care model with allied health professionals. She was the principal investigator of GRADE-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of lupus in Canada and has investigated peripartum outcomes in Albertans with connective tissue disease and inflammatory arthritis. She also participates in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows.

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Dr. Raphaël Kraus
Dr. Raphaël Kraus is a pediatric rheumatologist in the Department of Pediatrics at CHU Sainte-Justine (CHUSJ) and the University of Montreal. Having undertaken his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (New York, NY), he then completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric rheumatology and a clinical research fellowship in childhood vasculitis at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. With interests in health systems leadership, completed his MSc in System Leadership and Innovation at the Institute for Health Policy and Management, University of Toronto.

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Dr. Stephanie Kulhawy-Wibe
Dr. Stephanie Kulhawy-Wibe is a PGY-5 rheumatology resident at the University of Calgary. She has been on the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Human Resources Committee since 2019. Her current research is focused on Human Resources Planning and Wellness.

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Dr. Bindee Kuriya
Dr. Bindee Kuriya is an Assistant Professor in Rheumatology at the University of Toronto, and her main interest is the evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) outcomes. Specifically, she uses RA registries and real-world population-level data to study important comorbidities associated with RA, including mental health conditions and cardiovascular disease. She is a principal member of the Cardio Rheum Program at U of T that is aimed at primary prevention of CVD for patients with inflammatory arthritis.

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Dr. Océane Landon-Cardinal
Dr. Océane Landon-Cardinal obtained her MD degree in 2010 and completed her Rheumatology residency training at the Université de Montréal in 2015. She then completed a 2-year Clinical Research Fellowship (2016-2018) on autoimmune myopathies at the National Referral Center for Neuromuscular Diseases at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, under the supervision of Pr Olivier Benveniste and Dr Yves Allenbach. Since 2018, she is a staff rheumatologist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), and since 2019 a clinical assistant professor at the Université de Montréal and physician-scientist at the CHUM research center. She has established a Myositis Clinic at the CHUM and joined the Canadian Inflammatory Myopathy Study (CIMS), a pan-canadian multi-site research group, as a co-investigator. Her research focuses on the clinico-sero-pathological characterization, treatment, and prognosis of autoimmune myopathies.

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Dr. Claire LeBlanc
Dr. Claire LeBlanc is a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist and sport medicine physician who is based at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate MSK anatomy and physical examination skills at McGill University.

She helped to create the Canadian physical activity guidelines for children and youth and recent recommendations for participation regardless of chronic disease or disability. She also contributed to many national and international position papers promoting healthy active living and safe sport participation.

Dr. LeBlanc has written book chapters on a variety of health and wellness topics in many textbooks used by pediatric residency programs internationally.

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Dr. Nadia Luca
Dr. Nadia Luca is a Pediatric Rheumatologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Along with Dr. Vimal Prajapati she co-leads the Multi-Disciplinary Localized Scleroderma Clinic at Alberta Children’s Hospital. They collaborate with national and international investigators to improve the outcomes of children with localized scleroderma.

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Andre Luquini
Andre Luquini is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Research Assistant at Arthritis Research Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Diane Lacaille. He is a Rheumatologist who was trained at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and has experience in occupational medicine and forensic examinations. His PhD research focuses on understanding and preventing presenteeism (or decreased productivity at work) in workers living with arthritis, through the Making-it-Work (TM) program.

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Dr. Nancy Maltez
Dr. Nancy Maltez is a Rheumatologist, clinician investigator at The Ottawa Hospital, Division of Rheumatology and a lecturer at the University of Ottawa. She joined the team in 2018 after completing her internal medicine and rheumatology subspecialty training in Ottawa. She is currently completing her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. Her main clinical and research interests are in scleroderma, specifically Raynaud’s phenomenon and the use of autologous stem cell transplantation as a treatment.

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Cristina Montoya
Cristina Montoya is a Registered Dietitian and Holistic Cannabis Practitioner who has lived with Sjögren’s Syndrome since childhood. She provides nutritional coaching to individuals with rheumatic diseases to embrace an anti-inflammatory way of eating using the Mediterranean Diet and gut health principles, one bite at a time. She created the blog arthritisdietitian.com to help patients navigate the sea of nutritional misinformation. Cristina volunteers with the Sjögren’s Society of Canada and the Arthritis Society by providing feedback on patient resources and developing anti-inflammatory recipes. Cristina loves spending time with her son, tweaking recipes, and learning about gut health and cannabis sciences.

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Dr. Janet Nuth
Dr. Janet Nuth is a Physician Advisor in Safe Medical Care Learning at the CMPA. Prior to joining the CMPA in 2008, she practiced Emergency Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital where she was involved in medical education.

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Dr. Mohammed Osman
Dr. Mohammed Osman is a rheumatologist/clinical immunologist who is a clinician-scientist and the director of the systemic sclerosis and microvascular clinics at the University of Alberta. He regularly utilizes nailfold video capillaroscopy (NVC) as a point-of-care tool in evaluating patients with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis, anti-synthetase syndrome and systemic lupus, but also in assessing patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon. He utilizes NVC in risk stratifying the visceral complications associated with these diseases as part of his clinical research program. He also collaborates with other rheumatologists who conduct NVC in other centres at the national and international levels.

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Dr. Martin Plaisance
Nephrology training at Université Laval, Québec City. Clinical Fellowship focused on glomerulonephritis at Guy’ and St-Thomas Hospital, London, UK. Nephrologist and professor of medecine in Sherbrooke at the CHUS and Université de Sherbrooke since 2001. Interests in clinical skills teaching, glomerulonephritis, home nocturnal hemodialysis and ethics of relations with pharmaceutical industry.

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Dr. Vimal Prajapati
Dr. Vimal Prajapati is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary as well as co-founder and co-director of Skin Health & Wellness Centre, Dermphi Centre, and Dermatology Research Institute. Additionally, he has started several subspecialty initiatives, including multidisciplinary pediatric morphea, pediatric scleroderma, and pediatric psoriasis clinics in Calgary as well as rapid access psoriasis and rapid access eczema clinics in Calgary plus rural outreach psoriasis and rural outreach eczema clinics Medicine Hat.

Dr. Prajapati completed his dermatology residency at the University of Alberta, earning certification in both Canada and the United States. He then pursued an additional 1-year fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Prajapati has received 20 major awards; authored 1 textbook chapter; published 39 peer-reviewed manuscripts in print or electronic format; and presented 42 abstracts at scientific meetings regionally, nationally, as well as internationally. He also conducts clinical trials for both adults and children, with participation in 63 studies as an investigator or steering committee member.

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Dr. Dax G. Rumsey
Dr. Dax G. Rumsey is a paediatric rheumatologist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. His main rheumatologic area of interest is in Juvenile Spondyloarthritis (JSpA).

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Dr. Trudy Taylor
Dr. Trudy Taylor practices adult rheumatology in Halifax, NS and is passionate about Medical Education. She is also a member of the CRA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce.

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Dr. Wen Qi
Dr. Wen Qi is a PGY4 in rheumatology at Laval University. He completed his undergraduate and core internal medicine training at Laval University. He has an interest in rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatologic emergencies.

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