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Pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

How do teens with JIA bounce back?

Thank you so much for your interest in helping us help families with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)!

We conducted a research study to understand what parents of teens do to help your kids bounce back from JIA pain to continue to do things that are important to them. Even more importantly, we wanted to hear from teens as well – how do they get through pain flares and keep on going!

The survey is now closed. The results of this international survey will be shared here, on social media, as well as through our partnership with Cassie & Friends and other JIA communities. Please check back for study updates!

My hope is that, with your participation, together we will help teens with JIA and families like yours live their lives with less pain, both physically and mentally.

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

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Featured News


May 15th, 2023

The Chambers Lab made a splash at the Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Pain Society, which was held in Banff, Alberta in May 2023. Missed the event? Check out our posters presented at the meeting below (click on the...

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NRAS: Research Study Opportunity

February 13th, 2023

Check out this post from JIA at NRAS (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society) for information about how to participate in our research! Research Study Opportunity – How do you bounce back from JIA pain? - JIA  

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CBC News: Resilience in kids with juvenile arthritis

March 7th, 2022

"There is a lot of pain associated with the disease and a lot of research around pain is focused on some of the tough parts. It's focused on how much it hurts...But there's a lot less research that's actually looking...

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Global Halifax: New study focuses on pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

February 25th, 2022

PhD student, Yvonne Brandelli, talks with Paul Brothers of Global News Morning about pain in youth with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Yvonne is conducting a new study to explore resilience, or the ability to "bounce back", and looking for over...

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Cassie & Friends: How do you bounce back from JIA pain?

February 4th, 2022

PhD student, Yvonne Brandelli and her research team at Dalhousie University and The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research (IWK Health Centre) need 319 youth and their parents to complete an online survey which will help us learn more about resilience...

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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


IWK Health Centre

Jennifer Stinson


The Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto

Jennifer Wilson

Knowledge User

Cassie & Friends

Jennifer Parker

Research Associate

IWK Health Centre

Abby Mazzone

Patient Partner

Amy Mazzone

Patient Partner

Tiffany Thompson

Patient Partner

Funding and Support

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University