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Lay case guidance

Your lay case should be structured as follows:

1. Lay title

2. Lay abstract
Provide one or two sentences which summarise your research proposal. This should be succinct and contain top-level information only.

3. What is the background to this problem?
Briefly and clearly explain the context of your research, the particular area(s) that your proposal seeks to address and the need for further understanding or treatment options. Please avoid going into great detail of the condition in question unless it's rare.

4. What questions do you hope to answer and what will this tell you?
What questions do you want to answer? Summarise the evidence that led you to formulate your questions and objectives.

5. What is your experimental plan?
Give a brief overview of how you intend to answer your research questions, including details of what experimental models will you use (for example human cells, animal models, clinical samples, patient and/or education research studies)

6. Why is this particular study important?
For example, why have you chosen to investigate this molecule, gene, therapy or aspect of disease, education or health promotion over others?

7. Why is this proposal relevant to Arthritis Research UK?
Explain the relevance of your proposal to Arthritis Research UK’s strategy and goals.

8. Novelty
How is this research different to what has been done before by your research group and others?

9. Potential for benefit
How will the outcomes of your research lead to clinical, patient and/or societal benefits, and what are the likely timescales to benefit?

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