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Pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Risk and resilience in youth with JIA

In partnership with Cassie and Friends, our research team is launching a series of studies looking at resilience & risk in JIA.

Our goal is to learn more about how youth with arthritis cope with and manage their pain and what factors within youth and their caregivers (e.g., personality, relationships) help them develop resilience (i.e., the ability to recover from challenges).

Patient Engagement

We’re looking for 4 individuals with lived experience to join our research team, including youth (13-18 years old) with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and caregivers of youth with JIA.

Our open call closed on August 16th. Thank you to all those who submitted their interest. If you applied, we will be contacting you with more information soon.

This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.

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A systematic review on pain in children with JIA

August 8th, 2021

  Pain and its associated factors in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA): A systematic review Our team is conducting a systematic review on pain in children with JIA to determine the biological, psychological, and social risk and protective factors...

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Research Team


Yvonne Brandelli

Trainee Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Christine Chambers

Supervising Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Sean Mackinnon

Supervising Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University

Adam Huber

Co-Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Jennifer Stinson

Co-Investigator

The Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto

Jennifer Wilson

Knowledge User

Cassie & Friends

Jennifer Parker

Research Associate

IWK Health Centre

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University