Everything you ever wanted to know about arthritis

Arthritis Research UK is holding a public meeting this evening (27 September 2011), hosted by the University of Aberdeen, to raise awareness of the issues and ongoing research surrounding arthritis.

Arthritis is one of the biggest causes of disability in Scotland, affecting millions of people of all ages, even children. Everyone knows someone who has one of its many forms - osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus - the list goes on.

The University of Aberdeen is at the very heart of cutting-edge research into all forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, and currently attracts funding of almost £4 million from leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK.

Medics and scientists are now holding a meeting open to the general public, patients, carers, or anyone who'd like to find more about that they're doing to tackle the massive problem of arthritis.

You can find out about exciting new stem cell research with Professor Cosimo De Bari; effective new treatments for treating chronic pain that are being developed with Professor Gary MacFarlane; and what's new in the laboratory with Professor Miep Helfrich. Arthritis patient Lorraine Brand will also talk about her personal experiences and the event will be chaired by Professor David Reid.

Regional fundraising manager Catriona Connelly said: "We hope the evening will be really informative and interesting to members of the public who have arthritis. We'd also very much like people to think about joining our Aberdeen fundraising branch, as all this fantastic research costs money, and we don't get a penny from any government sources."

The meeting will take place in the Suttie Centre, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, on Tuesday September 27 at 6.30pm. It's free, and tea and coffee will be served at the end.

For more information please contact Catriona on 01505 690444 or email her at c.connelly@arthritisresearchuk.org