Biologics and Biosimilars

Biologics and Biosimilars for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Project Status:In progress

Knowledge User(s)

Patient and Public Partner

Patient/Public Partner(s)

Laurie Proulx


Dr. Glen Hazlewood

Funding Source(s)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance

Project Objectives

To summarize the current evidence regarding the efficacy of biologic (and associated biosimilar) therapies for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

Research Approach

Systematic Review

Project Lead(s)

Linda Wilhelm

Position: Patient Partner, The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, SPOR Network CPN

Linda Wilhelm is the President of The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, a national, volunteer, patient driven organization that has worked to improve the lives of people living with arthritis since 2002. She is co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Chronic Pain Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network, as well as a member of the networks patient advisory committee. She is also a member of The Evidence Alliance (SPOR) Network. Linda has participated in past Health Canada expert advisory panels and numerous conferences concerning access and drug safety issues. She is a former member of both the Expert Advisory Committee for Vigilance of Health Products and the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network’s steering committee. Ms. Wilhelm has been an active advocate for treatment access and quality of care for all patients both regionally and nationally for over twenty years and is a past board chair for the New Brunswick Division of the Arthritis Society. Ms. Wilhelm has been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over thirty five years. Ms. Wilhelm is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Golden and Diamond Medal and the 2015 Arthritis Alliance of Canada Qualman/Davies Patient and Consumer Leadership Award.

Linda Wilhelm

Patient Partner, The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, SPOR Network CPN

Linda Wilhelm is the President of The Canadian Arthritis Patient...

Shannon Kelly

Position: University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Shannon Kelly currently manages and works as a senior research methodologist in the Heath Technology Assessment Unit of the Cardiovascular Research Methods Centre (CRMC) at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she focusses her work on advancing the science of evidence synthesis, research design and methodology. Her team conducts evidence syntheses to inform health care practice and policy. In this capacity, she has worked with a number of organizations nationally and internationally, including the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization and the Cochrane Collaboration.

Shannon is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa and a trainee with the Cardiovascular Network of Canada (CANet) National Centre of Excellence. In her capacity with CANet, she sits on the Board of Directors. Shannon has been actively involved with post-market Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) since 2011 and has led numerous research projects for the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, the Canadian Collaboration for Network Meta-analysis (CCNMA), the Methods and Application Group for Indirect Comparisons (DSEN- MAGIC) and the POst-market Drug Evaluation Team (PODET). In addition, Shannon leading a working group to develop nutrition-specific risk of bias tools (NUQUEST).

Shannon Kelly

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Shannon Kelly currently manages and works as a senior research...

Project Outputs

In Progress