About the group

The Epidemiology Group is one of the major research groups within the Institute of Applied Health Science.  Our main research focus is on the epidemiology, outcome and management of arthritis , pain, and musculoskeletal health. In our research we aim:

  • To understand their epidemiology, with a focus on modifiable risk factors;
  • To conduct trials of management with the goal of preventing onset or improving patient outcome; and
  • To design, implement and evaluate health services for patients with these conditions.

Our specific clinical focus is on common disabling conditions (musculoskeletal pain, including fibromyalgia, and fatigue), inflammatory disorders (axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis), and rare conditions (vasculitis). We conduct our research using a variety of approaches including both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and also undertake methodological work within each of these three areas.

We are a part of the Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health, which has held  “Centre of Excellence in Rheumatology” status by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) since 2010, currently renewed until 2026.

We also host an annual Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology, which attracts delegates from all over the world.  Further information is available here.

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