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Canterbury Rheumatology and Immunology Research Group

The aim of our group is to undertake research in the broad field of rheumatic diseases.


  • To undertake research in the broad field of rheumatic diseases
  • To promote public awareness and support for arthritis, particularly in the Canterbury region
  • To promote excellence in and improve the standard of care for patients with rheumatic and immunologic disorders in the Canterbury regions


  • Professor Lisa Stamp – Director, Rheumatologist
  • Dr Peter Chapman – Rheumatologist
  • Dr Rafi Raja - Rheumatologist
  • Dr John O’Donnell – Rheumatologist/Immunologist
  • Jill James - Research Nurse
  • Dr Megan Johnston – Research Assistant
  • Jan Ipenburg – Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Maija-Stina Out - Nurse


Research interests

  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics of disease modifying anti-rheumatic therapies
  • Management of gout
  • Novel markers in early arthritis
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis
  • Genetics of rheumatic diseases

Arthritis Research Theme