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The Duchess of Cornwall meets our researchers in Aberdeen

Published on 19 January 2017

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall 

This week we were delighted to welcome our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, to the University of Aberdeen. In a joint visit with the National Osteoporosis Society, Her Royal Highness met students, staff and patients at a reception held at the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences.

Her Royal Highness was introduced to Professor Cosimo De Bari whose team have been researching how stem cells can be harnessed to treat and prevent joint damage.  In addition to preventing the progression of joint damage in people with arthritis, the study also aims to trigger the repair of damaged tissue, meaning patients could regain use of their joints.

Dr Kathryn Martin has recently begun working on evaluating the effectiveness of Walk with Ease, a six-week walking intervention programme designed for people with arthritis. Kathryn’s team are working closely with community and patient partners in Aberdeen to introduce the programme to patients with arthritis and understand if the programme can be integrated into treatment plans.

Additionally, Her Royal Highness was introduced to PhD students studying at the University, as well as patient representatives who regularly support the research team.

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