The Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit/Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit’s Research User Group (RUG) is a group of lay individuals who have an active interest in musculoskeletal health, either living with a musculoskeletal condition themselves or caring for someone who does.

Its main purpose is to assist the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in all aspects of research. The group currently comprises of 11 members with a range of musculoskeletal conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis and they meet every three months at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility in Manchester.

Public involvement in research

The aim of the Research User Group is to support:

– Identification and prioritisation of research topics
– Design of research
– Management of research
– Dissemination of study results

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Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT

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