The arthritis research theme is a multidisciplinary group of researchers with an interest in arthritis research.
Doctors treating patients with arthritis face a number of clinical challenges. These include
- identifying patients at risk of developing arthritis
- determining which people with arthritis are likely to have more severe disease and future disability
- individualising treatment and medication to provide the best options for arthritis patients.
The aims of the Arthritis Research Theme are to strengthen research into arthritis within the University of Otago by encouraging laboratory and clinical research into the many different forms of this condition, and to increase the profile of arthritis and arthritis research within New Zealand.