The Group's programme of applied epidemiological research is focused on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health. Our epidemiological work seeks to understand mechanisms of disease onset and outcome, this then informs our programme of observational studies and randomised controlled trials on disease management, which in turn feeds into our work on designing, implementing and evaluating health services for patients with these conditions.

We also seek opportunities to undertake methodological research. The focus of this work includes, but is not limited to: undertaking studies 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

Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease

The programme of work focuses on three clinical areas:

We also focus on interventions (such as physical activity) which are beneficial across arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.