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April 2018 Research Newsletter

A researcher in a lab

Welcome to the April 2018 research newsletter.

Once again there is lots to tell you, and in this edition we're excited to announce the launch of our roadmap for pain research, the culmination of 18 months of work to identify priority research areas for musculoskeletal pain.

We also announce our next challenge calls to stack the odds towards finding a cure and more effective treatments for arthritis, as well as pushing frontiers in health research. Both of these calls will open for applications on 31 May.

At the charity we're looking forward to this year's conference season, and first up we’ll be attending OARSI and the British Society for Rheumatology annual conferences, which take place over consecutive weeks in Liverpool. We'll also be at EULAR this summer in Amsterdam. We’d love to see you at any of these conference, keep an eye on our website for details of our stands and events.

We continue to work with our wide range of partners to help build stronger national support for musculoskeletal research and we have been particularly excited about new joint activity with the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, NIHR and other AMRC-member charities over the past year and we plan to build and expand on this into 2018 and beyond.

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  • An inflamed joint

    Research roadmap for pain

    We've developed a research roadmap for pain which outlines the most pressing and vital areas for future pain research to positively transform the lives of people with arthritis.

  • A gentleman speaking at a conference

    Come and see us at this year’s British Society of Rheumatology conference!

    We’re running a variety of sessions at this year’s British Society of Rheumatology conference, please register to attend any of our events, we’d love to see you there.

  • Gulraj Matharu

    Putting a spotlight on our researchers: Mr Gulraj Matharu

    In the first of a regular series we spoke to Mr Gulraj Matharu, who has recently completed an Arthritis Research UK clinical research fellowship and now holds an NIHR clinical lectureship in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at the University of Bristol.

  • Scientists in a lab chatting

    Promoting your research: A pre-publication guide

    It's vital our researchers keep us notified of publications ahead of print to help us communicate and promote our research, and we've produced a pre-publication guide which outlines what we may do with your publications once we receive them.

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