The group's programme of applied epidemiological research is focused on rheumatic conditions and musculoskeletal health. Our work seeks to understand mechanisms of disease onset and outcome, which then informs our programme of observational studies and randomised controlled trials on disease management. This in turn feeds into our work on designing, implementing and evaluating health services for patients with these conditions. We also research  interventions (such as physical activity) which are beneficial across arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Our research focuses primarily on three clinical areas:

We also seek opportunities to undertake methodological research. This work includes, but is not limited to: undertaking research to determine how to optimise participation in population-based epidemiological studies; developing instruments to collect information on phenotype across different types of response media; investigating alternative strategies for recruiting population-based controls in terms of participation and the characteristics of persons who participate.

Some of our recent, highly cited, papers are listed here.

For more information please contact Professor Gary Macfarlane