Arthritis Research UK
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Arthritis Research UK is a British medical research charity dedicated to curing arthritis. It used to be known as Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC)
ARC, which had been founded as the Empire Rheumatism Council in 1936, changed its name to Arthritis Research UK in 2010 as part of a drive to raise the profile of arthritis research and the organisation itself. It has also reduced the potential for confusion with a plethora of other charitable groups using the 'arc' initials.
Dr Stewart Adams, discoverer of Ibuprofen, opened Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre. The centre, which is based in Nottingham, aims to understand pain and to come up with more effective ways of dealing with it.
Research has shown that 10 million people in the UK are affected by arthritis. Arthritis Research UK is working to help them to remain active by funding research, campaigning and providing information for patients, the public and health professionals.
The Arthritis Research UK research committee considers around 400 applications for funding per year. The medical research provides answers about the causes of arthritis, effective treatment, and ultimately the cure for all arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
Arthritis Research UK has been awarded for:
- Developing anti-TNF therapy for rheumatoid arthritis beyond existing treatments
- Identifying the genes linked to the disease in patients with osteoarthritis
- Developing longer-lasting and durable prostheses, and researching the causes, effects and treatments of infections in joint replacements
- Improving the treatment of brittle bone disease in children
- Developing tissue engineering techniques in osteoarthritis by using patients' own cartilage
- Looking at ways of better targeting drug treatment in arthritis in children and teenagers
- Examining the role of therapies such as acupuncture and yoga, on osteoarthritis and back pain
- Official Site
- Charity Commission. Arthritis Research UK, registered charity no. 207711.
- The Academy of Medical Sciences