The Musculoskeletal Collaboration and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Centre of Excellence at The University of Aberdeen.


The Musculoskeletal Research Collaboration consists of a team of clinical and non-clinical scientists working together to seek a better understanding of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs). Our work encompasses the spectrum of investigative techniques from basic science, clinical studies, randomised controlled trials through population perspectives on such disorders. We have programmes of work in: Cell Biology, Biomechanics and Imaging, Genetics and Genomics, Clinical and translational and Epidemiology. The common theme across our work is that we seek to develop new or better ways of diagnosing and treating RMDs. Together with our clinical colleagues at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and our collaborators (local, national and international) we work towards this goal using a strong multidisciplinary approach.

We were awarded Centre of Excellence status 2010-2015 by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). EULAR represents the patient, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all European nations. Its role is to stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases. This highly prestigious award is based on the number and quality of our research outputs.


Professor Gary J Macfarlane

Head, EULAR Centre of Excellence at University of Aberdeen


Professor Cosimo de Bari

Deputy Head, EULAR Centre of Excellence at University of Aberdeen