British Columbia

Welcome to British Columbia Chapter 

The Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association (CATA) is a student-run network that functions under the umbrella of The Arthritis Society, and aims to increase collaboration, networking, and training opportunities for trainees working in the field of arthritis research.  Essentially, CATA is helping to foster the development of the next generation of Canadian arthritis researchers!

CATA Chapters across Canada are being re-launched, and the BC Chapter is now reaching out to local arthritis trainees.  As a member of CATA you’ll get to meet trainees from other programs whom you’ve never met, but who may be doing the same type of work as you.

The term ‘trainee’ is broad and includes any student or other trainees interested in research related to arthritis, rheumatology, rehabilitation sciences, orthopedics, or musculoskeletal disease.

  • This can involve laboratory, clinical, outcomes, policy, economic, modeling, qualitative, or other types of research.
  • In addition to graduate students and post-docs, we welcome undergrad students (including co-op and summer students), medical students, residents, and fellows, and health professions students including (but not limited to!) those in physical therapy and occupational therapy.
  • It doesn’t matter if you’re working (or plan to work) in academia, clinical settings, government, industry, or the public sector.

If you are interested in joining or for more information, please email us at

Upcoming Events

None scheduled.


Past Events

  1. BC CATA Chapter Re-Launch Party and Networking Event – November 28, 2016, from 5-7 PM PST

Location: TAS Office at Mary Pack in Vancouver, BC

This event was held to celebrate the re-launch of the BC CATA Chapter!  It attracted trainees from a variety of programs and research areas, including post-docs,  M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, an undergraduate student, and three medical students.  After the trainees had a chance to connect (or re-connect) with each other, the Regional Director gave a brief presentation about CATA including its origins, the original BC Chapter, its current structure as part of TAS, and CATA’s three priorities.  We discussed the 2017 Walk to Fight Arthritis, and opportunities for trainees to participate in TAS’ workshops and webinars, then heard from some guest speakers.  Dr. Wei Zhang, a health economist, and post-doc at UBC, talked about her career path and the support she received from CAN and CATA during her training.  Mr. Kris Harrison and Ms. Wanda Huang, two TAS volunteers, spoke about their experiences living with arthritis, and the need to raise awareness about these debilitating diseases.  Building on the momentum generated at this event, the BC Chapter looks forward to partnering with the BC & Yukon Division of TAS, and increasing trainees’ engagement with local arthritis patients.