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

Photo collage of various Cassie + Friends events

Cassie + Friends’ mission is to transform the lives of children and families affected by Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases through research, education, connection and support. Our vision is a pain-free future for kids.

Working hand-in-hand with patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and researchers across every province and territory in Canada, we’ve created a vibrant, engaged and connected community that helps kids, teens, young adults and their families face the ups and downs of life with a chronic condition - so that no child has to live in pain alone.

As the only charity in Canada focussed 100% on kids, we’ve now raised nearly $3.5 million through the help of families, organizations and dedicated friends. Together, we will ensure the 24,000 kids and teens affected by childhood rheumatic disease in Canada - a leading cause of chronic disability in kids - receive the attention, resources and research they deserve. To learn more and join our mission, please visit cassieandfriends.ca

Related Cassie and Friends Links

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.

Related Rheumatology Links

Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators

CAPRI logo

CAPRI was formed in 2007 by pediatric rheumatologists from across Canada who recognized the need for a research network to improve care for children with rheumatic diseases. CAPRI now includes pediatric rheumatologists and researchers from every children’s hospital in Canada and is committed to maintaining a collaborative spirit inpursuit of the original mission: To pursue knowledge for the benefit of children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases.

Learn more about the CAPRI