Professor of Medicine and Scientific Director
University of British Columbia
Dr. John Esdaile was the founding Scientific Director of Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-recherche Canada. Arthritis Research Canada has grown to more than 100 scientists and staff, located at three centres across Canada; Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City. He has been Professor and Head, Division of Rheumatology at McGill University and the University of British Columbia and held many positions leading research teams nationally.
Dr. Esdaile has authored more than 300 publications in refereed journals, as well as more than two dozen books and book chapters. His major areas of research interest include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. He has focussed on early diagnosis and early intervention as key elements to reduce disability and to save lives.
Dr. Esdaile was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2007. Other awards include the 2005 Canadian Rheumatology Association Distinguished Investigator Award, the 2009 UBC Killam Research Prize for Science, the 2009 Canadian Arthritis Network Consumer Champion Award, the 2010 Roger Demers Prize and the 2013 Jonas Salk Award.