Centre for adolescent rheumatology
The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology is the world’s first centre dedicated to understanding arthritis in adolescents. In partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London and University College London Hospital, and with funding also provided by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC), research at this centre will explore how and why arthritis affects this age group.
Having arthritis during adolescence is not easy and it is vital that teenagers with healthcare problems are given the best treatment to address their particular needs.
The centre’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of adolescents with arthritis by undertaking cutting edge research to understanding how and why arthritis develops and progresses in this age group.
This should lead to the discovery of new or better treatments as well as methods to prevent complications that adolescents with arthritis develop in later life (such as heart disease) and tests that may predict how the disease will progress.
The centre will also help raise awareness of the health needs of adolescents with rheumatic disease and ensure that teenagers have uninterrupted and full access to clinical trials, giving them access to the latest treatments. This centre also provides education, training and a national network to increase the number of experts in the area.