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Consultant Physician in Rheumatology
Department of Medicine (Dunedin)
Research summary


Professor Simon Stebbings' research has focused on ankylosing spondylitis and spondyloarthritis. Through national collaboration he established the multicentre Spondyloarthritis Genetics and the Environment Study (SAGE), which included a longitudinal study of outcomes in spondyloarthritis in New Zealand.

Through his membership of the International Genetics of Ankylosing Spondylitis study group he has contributed to the study of the genetic background to this common inflammatory arthritis.

Professor Stebbings is a member of the Assessment in Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) and has contributed to the development of an ASAS Health Index. He is a member of the working group on management guidelines for axial spondyloarthritis for the Asia Pacific League Against Rheumatism.

Professor Stebbings has strong research links with the Department of Psychology and the School of Physiotherapy. Through collaborations with colleagues his research has investigated the importance of fatigue in rheumatic diseases, and the effectiveness of complementary therapies. He has been involved in research into the effects of smoking on arthritis and ways to encourage smoking cessation.


Stebbings, S. (2023, November). Challenges of clinical trials in osteoarthritis: A personal journey. Keynote presentation at the Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand Research Network (Te Anga Kaikōiwi o Aotearoa) Annual Conference & the Taumata Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Stebbings, S., White, C., & Doyle, T. (2023). Bertolotti syndrome: An under recognized cause of inflammatory back pain? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 82(Suppl. 1), (pp. 1754). doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2023-eular.2128 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Stebbings, S.(2022, September). Therefore the moon... washes all the sky. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture]. Other Research Output

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Siegel, C. A., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2022). Assessment of central pain processing pathways in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Proceedings of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Falling, C. L., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Siegel, C. A., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2022). Somatosensory assessments in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A cross-sectional study examining pain processing pathways and the role of multiple patient factors. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 34(5), 503-511. doi: 10.1097/meg.0000000000002354 Journal - Research Article

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