Our Partners

UBC and BCCH Pediatric Rheumatology Division

Rheumatology team

The Division of Rheumatology was the first comprehensive clinical and training program in Pediatric Rheumatology in Canada. The aim of the Division is to provide multidisciplinary care for children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases, to provide training for specialists in pediatric rheumatology, and to pursue knowledge about etiology, management and disease outcome, through clinical and basic research.

The spectrum of rhematology includes includes juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatomyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis, autoinflammatory disease, inflammatory eye disease, and musculoskeletal pain syndromes.

Members of the Division are leaders in the development of Canadian and North American pediatric multi-centre clinical research cohorts in juvenile arthritis, lupus and vasculitis.

Cassie and Friends Society

Brown lab members and Porte family in Cassie and Friends team at the Scotiabank Run

Cassie and Friends, a society for children affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic Diseases is a canadian charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families affected by juvenile arthritis (JA) and rheumatic diseases. Founded by two parents in 2007, Cassie & Friends has earned recognition as a trusted home for those living with these painful and sometimes devastating conditions, both in BC and across Canada. To date, over $1.5 million has been raised to support, care, education and research, including high-profile partnerships with BC Children's Hospital, the University of British Columbia, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and SickKids Foundation to find better and more effective treatments for kids with rheumatic diseases.

BCCH Rheumatology Biobank

Lab researcher holding frozen tubes from deep freezer

In collaboration with the BC Children’s Hospital Biobank, we are collecting samples and clinical data from children and their families to create a bank (or library) of samples for use in current and future research to better understand the causes of rheumatic diseases of children and families, with the ultimate goal of improving treatment and preventing diseases.