Development of new tools for prediction and prevention of RA (PREDICT RA)

Objectives of the Project

We aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for the early stages of disease development in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in order to identify environmental and life style factors that can be modified and to design new strategies to specifically target these mechanisms. By this, prevention of RA will be achievable in the future.

We will use clinical data and biological material obtained from persons at risk for developing RA (one of the largest follow-up programs with more than 2000 participants...

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Facts and Figures

Project lead
Prof. A. Catrina
Karolinska Institutet
FOREUM research grant: € 300.000
2018, Duration 3 years

Meet the Team

Prof. A. Catrina
Karolinska Institutet
Prof. D. van Schaardenburg
University of Amsterdan
Dr. J. Nam
University of Leeds
Dr. D. Courvoisier
University Hospitals of Geneva

Patient Voice

A specific part of the budget (10%) is dedicated to facilitate patient partners participation to meetings and other research activities.

Patient research partners have given feedback and suggested changes have been integrated.

Specifically, patient partners will be involved in developing tools for measuring patient relevant outcomes (pain), for improving recruitment (e-health tools to facilitate access to rheumatology units), for risk communication tools and for implementation of life-style changes (such as apps for quitting smoking and motivate for increased physical activity).