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Areas of research

Research in the McCaig Institute centres on understanding bones and joints, preventing long-term damage, diagnosing conditions early, developing new treatments and improving patient care.

Campbell Rolian holding bones

Understanding bones and joints

Before bone and joint conditions can be prevented, diagnosed or treated, researchers need to understand how bones and cartilage form and grow on a cellular and genetic level and what the underlying causes of disease and inflammation are. 

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Deb Baranec with weights


McCaig Institute researchers are studying ways to prevent bone and joint diseases or injuries from occurring before irreversible, long term damage occurs.

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Ava Morgan on a swing

Early and accurate diagnosis

Early diagnosis and intervention can alter the long-term outcome of these chronic bone and joint diseases.

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Roman Krawetz and Derrick Rancourt

Developing new treatments

Researchers in the McCaig Institute are working to provide novel, safe and effective treatments for people with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other bone and joint conditions.

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Cheryl Barnabe and patient

Improving patient care

Researchers in the McCaig Institute work with the Alberta Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute to improve health services throughout the province.

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McCaig Institute researchers are working to develop ways to restore or improve function for people who have sustained a bone and joint injury.

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