LEAP (Linking Exercise, Activity, and Pathophysiology in Childhood Arthritis: A Canadian Collaborative Team) is a multi-centre research program focused on studying children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). JIA is one of the most common chronic diseases occurring in childhood, and can limit an affected child’s ability to participate in normal physical activities, sport and play. Low levels of physical activity during growth and development can lead to poor muscle strength, which in turn can affect the ability of growing bones to become as strong as they need to be. Our research program will be focused on studying the effect of JIA on children’s physical activity, and the eventual impact on bones and muscles.

The LEAP Research Program:

  • Aims to study physical activity in children and adolescents with JIA.
  • Funded as a Team project by Canadian Institutes for Health Research in Oct 2010 for 5 years.
  • Involves 12 pediatric rheumatology centres in Canada.