Centre for epidemiology
This centre is based at the University of Manchester. Their research is focused on investigating the cause and progression of musculoskeletal conditions in specific populations and the response to treatment. There is a particular focus on inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis) and osteoarthritis.
Information such as previous medical history, disease severity and treatment will be collected from existing groups of patients, as well as large national databases of electronic health records, in order to develop new treatment strategies, such as computerised tools. This will guide treatment decisions and allow clinicians to target therapies to patients who are most likely to respond, leading to better patient outcomes.