Two major arthritis research centres launched in Manchester
Two major new research centres at The University of Manchester aimed at improving the lives of people with arthritis are to be officially launched on May 19.
Leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK is investing almost £5m over the next five years into the centres of genetics and genomics, and epidemiology.
The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics aims to capitalise on the exciting expanding knowledge in genetics and apply that to patients with inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, by increasing the understanding of genetic factors that determine the risks of developing the disease, and identifying better target treatments based on genetic profiles.
Researchers based at the new centres have already made a number of important findings that have had a big impact on arthritis treatment including:
Professor Jane Worthington, director of the centre for genetics and genomics, said: “We’ve already discovered a considerable amount about the genetic risk factors for inflammatory arthritis, and we now want to combine this knowledge with information on non-genetic risk factors in order to develop methods to predict who will get arthritis, when, and how severely, and to make it easier to choose the right treatment first time.
Professor Deborah Symmons, director of the centre for epidemiology added: “These two new centre awards will enable us to continue to find better, more targeted therapies, highlight possible side-effects, with a view to improving the lives of the millions of people suffering from these painful conditions.”
Medical director of Arthritis Research UK Professor Alan Silman said: “Within these two centres there are some fantastically talented people engaged in very exciting, cutting-edge research that will make a real practical difference to arthritis patients. The more we know about the specific risk factors for groups and individuals, the more we can tailor treatments to meet their particular needs. We’re very happy to be supporting this research in Manchester.”
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