The Arthritis Society is pleased to share some key details regarding our new strategic plan to guide the research mandate for the next five years. The Society's Scientific Advisory Committee, along with key stakeholders that included scientists, clinicians, consumers and Society staff, has developed a strategic plan to guide the research mandate for the next five years.
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The comprehensive engagement of the various stakeholders, in addition to the solicitation of input from the wider arthritis community, has led to a transparent process leading to the development of the strategic plan.
The new plan will support our overall goal to search for the causes and cures of arthritis and to promote the best possible treatments and care for those living with arthritis.Most significantly, our recent strategic research planning process resulted in the development of three research themes:
These three research themes provide a needed structure and organization for the research effort that coordinates the activities into areas that align with the mandate of The Society and allow for optimizing cross-arthritis disease impact of the research program. As there are more than 100 forms of arthritis, by focusing the research program on these themes, we hope to integrate the commonalities between the various forms of the disease and accelerate the achievement of our goals. Finally, the themes embrace the combined expertise of our research community, which should again lead to more integrated perspectives and maximize the impact of the research program.
Essentially, the new plan was developed with the following goals in mind:
Highlights of the proposed plan include the following:
Focusing on research themes will help determine commonalities between patient populations with different forms of arthritis. This will lead to accelerated advances in both improving the quality of life for those with the diseases, as well as advancing knowledge regarding the underlying causes of the conditions.
Key elements in the plan are designed to facilitate communication between researchers from different disciplines, as well as engagement of patients with the different forms of arthritis with the research community.
The new plan will also provide avenues for strategic partnering with other research-focused agencies to leverage donor dollars while retaining the unique niche for our research communities.
As we know, research is the key to unlocking the mysteries of arthritis. The more we understand what causes these diseases, the sooner we will hope to see improved treatments and, ultimately, cures.
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