ABJHI Invites Proposals for Two-year Post-doctoral Research on Obesity and Osteoarthritis

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Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is making a fully funded two-year post-doctoral position available for research that will shed new light on the association between obesity and osteoarthritis.

Suitably qualified PhD graduates are invited to submit expressions of interest to ABJHI by 5 p.m. MT on Nov. 17, 2017.

The successful post-doctorate fellow will receive a salary of $60,000 per year for two years and a total of $10,000 for research costs. Funding will come from the proceeds of the Music in Motion gala to fight bone and joint disease and a matching amount from the Mitacs Accelerate program. (Click here to read the application requirements.)

It is the third research fellowship funded by ABJHI using Music in Motion proceeds matched by Mitacs Accelerate. ABJHI has established post-doctoral positions to evaluate a new model of care for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and to study the impact of obesity on care for patients with osteoarthritis in the hips and knees.

In addition to funding the research, ABJHI will lever the information in its large bone and joint data repository to advance the work. The secure repository has been built by ABJHI in partnership with physicians and Alberta Health Services and holds longitudinal data on more than 117,000 bone and joint patients in Alberta and 130,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries. It is the only bone and joint data repository in Canada that collects information along the patient journey from referral to treatment and long-term follow-up, giving researchers a valuable end-to-end picture of patient experience and outcomes.

“This new position signals further expansion of ABJHI’s role in research using the rich data repository and our expertise in analytics and knowledge transfer,” Martin Ferguson-Pell, ABJHI’s Executive Director, said.

“Developing improved care for people with obesity and osteoarthritis is a priority of Alberta’s Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (BJH SCN). This fully-funded post-doctoral work is expected to contribute to advancing knowledge that will support the BJH SCN’s focus on improving care for this patient group.”