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Research strategy meetings

We often hold research strategy meetings to gain understanding of given areas. Attendance at the meetings is by invitation only. The aim is to cover all areas and expertise, but not to be too large to inhibit active participation in small group discussions

Outputs from strategy meetings

The outputs from each meeting include some or all of the following:

  • opportunities for networking between different disciplines
  • identification of key priority areas that are relevant for Arthritis Research UK to fund
  • identification of areas appropriate for collaboration with other funders, including the UK Research Councils, NHS and industry
  • consideration as to whether the area, or specific sub-areas needs specific infrastructure support to boost critical mass.

Our strategy meeting reports:

Research Priorities for Ankylosing Spondylitis November 2013 (PDF 7MB)
Microbiome October 2013 (PDF 14.8 MB) 
Research priorities for fatigue September 2013 (PDF 654 KB) 
Priorities for research in stratified and personalised medicine July 2013 (PDF 1.01 MB) 
Research priorities for stem cell research and osteoarthritis February 2013 (PDF 778 KB) 
Vitamin D and MSK disease report December 2012 (PDF 1.16 MB) 
Exploitation of outputs of Genome Wide Association Studies December 2012 (PDF 845 KB) 
Priorities for research into fibromyalgia July 2012 (PDF 474 KB) 
Gout and crystal disorders June 2012 (doc 222 KB) 
Priorities for research in delayed fracture healing January 2012 (doc 138 KB) 
Priorities for research in reducing work disability from musculoskeletal disorders November 2011 (PDF 473KB)
Priorities for research in chronic shoulder pain July 2011 (PDF 300 KB)
Hip and knee arthroplasty March 2011 (PDF 879 KB) 
Priorities for research in epigenetics in arthritis September 2010 (PDF 288 KB) 
Biologic therapies in inflammatory joint diseases: models for decision making September 2010 (PDF 201 KB) 
Priorities for the use of biologics April 2010 (PDF 33 KB)

Pre 2010 research strategy meetings include the following, if you require further information on any of these please contact the research department at

Bone disease December 2009
Complementary therapies November 2009
Musculoskeletal ageing June 2009
Fatigue and its role in rheumatoid arthritis November 2008
Tissue engineering and cell-based therapy June 2008
Health services and implementation research May 2008
Mechanisms of pain in arthritis November 2007
Biomechanics and bioengineering October 2007
Osteoarthritis October 2006

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