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Brighton & Sussex Medical School



At BSMS, our research in rheumatology aims to improve our understanding of arthritis and autoimmune disease, leading to improved treatments and ultimately better health outcomes for patients.

Our main areas of research are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Current research studies range from laboratory-based investigations, clinical imaging and epidemiology, through to clinical trials. Together these projects seek to improve our understanding of disease mechanisms and treatment strategies with the ultimate aim of translating cutting edge research into clinical practice.

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Research facilities

We have access to excellent research facilities. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital is a dedicated unit providing specialised technical support for clinical investigations and patient-centred research. Our imaging research is performed at the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC).

The BSMS rheumatology research also sits within the portfolio of the Brighton Musculoskeletal Research Centre. This centre forms a wider collaboration with researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the local NHS trust with interests in musculoskeletal conditions.