21 May 2014
UK charity Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) has launched two new research centres at the University of Manchester – one to examine the epidemiology of arthritis and environmental factors that affect disease risk, and the other to investigate the genetic and genomic basis of the disease.
The charity has said it will invest nearly £5 million over the next five years in these centres. The ARUK Centre for Genetics and Genomics will attempt both to further understanding of the genetic factors that influence the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and to identify new, more effective personalised treatments based on genomic profiling of patients.
Together, ARUK hopes that the two research centres will pave the way for improved prevention and treatment.