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Vision Statement:

Arthritis research can alter the lives of people with arthritis, today.

Research Interests:

Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, epidemiology

McGill University, BSc, 1969
McGill University, MD,CM, Medicine, 1971
Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Intern, Straight Medicine, 1971-72
Magog, Quebec, General Practice, Medicine, 1972-73
Montreal General Hospital, Senior. Asst. Resident, Medicine, 1973-74
Montreal General Hospital, Resident, Immunology, 1974-75
Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, Fellow, Rheumatology , 1975-76
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, London, England, Fellow, Research, 1976-77
Yale University, MPH, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, 1986
Recent Publications:

Karp I, Abrahamowicz M, Fortin P, Pilote L, Neville C, Pineau C, Esdaile JM. Recent corticosteroid use and recent disease activity: Are they independent determinants of coronary risk factors in systemic lupus erythematosus? Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:169-75.

Cibere J, Thorne A, Bellamy N, Greidanus N, Chalmers, A, Mahomed N, Shojania K, Kopec J, Esdaile JM. Reliability of the hip examination in osteoarthritis: Effect of standardization. Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:373-81.

Pouchot J, Kherani RB, Brant R, Lacaille D, Lehman AJ, Ensworth S, Kopec J, Esdaile JM, Liang MH. Determination of the minimal clinically important difference for seven fatigue measures in rheumatoid arthritis. J Clin Epidemiol 2008;61:705-13.

Goligher EC, Pouchot J, Brant R, Kherani RB, Aviña-Zubieta JA, Lacaille D, Lehman AJ, Ensworth S, Kopec J, Esdaile JM, Liang MH. Minimal clinically important difference for 7 measures of fatigue in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol 2008;35:635-642.

Koehn CL, Esdaile JM. Patient education and self-management of musculoskeletal conditions. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol 2008;22:395–405.

Lacaille D, Guh D, Abrahamowicz M, Anis AH, Esdaile JM. Use of non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and increased risk of infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:1074-1081.

Lacaille D, White MA, Rogers PA, Backman CL, Gignac MA, Esdaile JM. A proof-of-concept study of the “Employment and Arthritis: Making it work:” program. Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:1647-55.

Fortin PR, Abrahamowicz M, Ferland D, Lacaille D, Smith CD, Zummer M. Steroid-sparing effects of methotrexate in systemic lupus erythematosus: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Canadian Network For Improved Outcomes in Systemic Lupus. Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:1796-804.

Aviña-Zubieta JA, Choi HK, Sadatsafavi M, Etminan M, Esdaile JM, Lacaille D. Risk of cardiovascular mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Arthritis Rheum 2008;59:1690-7.

Cibere J, Zhang H, Garnero P, Poole AR, Lobanok T, Saxne T, Kraus VB, Way A, Thorne A, Wong H, Singer J, Kopec J, Guermazi A, Peterfy C, Nicolaou S, Munk PL, Esdaile JM. Association of biomarkers with pre-radiographically defined and radiographically defined knee osteoarthritis in a population-based study. Arthritis Rheum 2009;60:1372-80.

Sayre EC, Li LC, Kopec JA, Esdaile JM, Bar S, Cibere J. The effect of disease site (knee, hip, hand, foot, lower back or neck) on employment reduction due to osteoarthritis. PLoS One. 2010 May 3;5(5):e10470.

Grindrod KA, Marra CA, Colley L, Cibere J, Tsuyuki RT, Esdaile JM, Gastonguay L, Kopec J. After patients are diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, what do they do? Arthritis Care Res 2010;62:510-5.

Ratzlaff C, Doerfling P, Steininger G, Koehoorn M, Cibere J, Liang M, Esdaile J, Wilson D, Kopec J. Lifetime trajectory of physical activity according to energy expenditure and joint force. Arthritis Care Res 2010;62:1452-9.

Cibere J, Zhang H, Thorne A, Wong H, Singer J, Kopec JA, Guermazi A, Peterfy C, Nicolaou S, Munk PL, Esdaile JM. Association of clinical findings with pre-radiographic and radiographic knee osteoarthritis in a population-based study. Arthritis Care Res 2010;62:1691-8.

Lehman AJ, Pratt DD, Delongis A, Collins JB, Shojania K, Koehler B, Offer R, Esdaile JM. Do spouses know how much fatigue, pain, and physical limitation their partners with rheumatoid arthritis experience? Implications for social support. Arthritis Care Res 2010;63:120-7.

Doerfling P, Kopec JA, Liang MH, Esdaile JM. The effect of cash lottery on response rates to an online health survey among members of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons: a randomized experiment. Can J Public Health 2010;101:251-4.

Ratzlaff C, Steininger G, Doerfling P, Koehoorn M, Cibere J, Liang M, Wilson D, Esdaile J, Kopec J. Influence of lifetime hip joint force on the risk of self-reported hip osteoarthritis: a community-based cohort study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2011;19:389-98.

Aviña-Zubieta JA, Choi HK, Abrahamowicz A, Rahman M, Sylvestre MP, Esdaile JM, Lacaille D. Risk of cerebrovascular disease associated with the use of glucocorticoids in patients with incident rheumatoid arthritis. A population-based study. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(6):990-5. Epub 2011 Mar 2.

Ip S, Sayre EC, Guermazi A, Nicolaou S, Wong H, Thorne A, Singer J, Kopec JA, Esdaile JM, Cibere J. Frequency of bone marrow edema in knee osteoarthritis and association with pain severity: results from a population-based study. J Rheumatol 2011;38(6):1079-85.

Cibere J, Sayre EC, Guermazi A, Nicolaou S, Kopec JA, Esdaile JM, Thorne A, Singer J, Wong H. Natural history of cartilage defects and osteoarthritis progression on magnetic resonance imaging in a population-based cohort with knee pain. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2011;19(6):683-8.

Li LC, Sayre EC, Kopec J, Esdaile JM, Bar S, Cibere J. Quality of non-pharmacological care for people with osteoarthritis in the community. J Rheumatol 2011;38:2230-7.

Crema MD, Guermazi A, Sayre EC, Roemer FW, Wong H, Thorne A, Singer J, Esdaile JM, Marra MD, Kopec JA, Nicolaou S, Cibere J. The association of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-detected structural pathology of the knee with crepitus in a population-based cohort with knee pain: the MoDEKO study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011 Sep 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Awards & Recognition:

2005 Distinguished Investigator Award (Canadian Rheumatology Association) 2006 Kirkland Foundation Scholar (US)
2007 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
2009 University of British Columbia Killam Faculty Research Prize for Science
2009 Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Scientific Achievement Award
2009 Consumer Champion Award, Canadian Arthritis Network
2010 Roger Demers Prize, Laurentian Rheumatology Association
2011 IMHA Research Ambassadors Knowledge Translation Award