Our research is aimed at understanding the roles that stem cells (the cells that can give rise to new joint tissues) and stromal cells (the supporting connective tissue cells) in the joint play in the pathogenesis of arthritis.

We are seeking to devise ways in which we can harness their intrinsic ability to maintain and repair joint tissues in order to modulate disease outcome with the ultimate goal of maintaining and restoring healthy joints.

The research team, which is based at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the Foresterhill Health Campus, is led by Professor Cosimo De Bari, a clinical academic at the University of Aberdeen and honorary consultant Rheumatologist in NHS Grampian.