Research Involvement Opportunities - Arthritis Action

Research Involvement Opportunities

Keele University

Preventing anxiety and depression in people with inflammatory rheumatological conditions

Do you experience any of the following?

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • axial spondylarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)
  • polymyalgia rheumatica

People with inflammatory rheumatological conditions are more likely to develop depression and anxiety than people without a long-term condition. Researchers at Keele University are inviting you to take part in a research study. They would be interested in hearing your views about how to prevent low mood and stress in people with the above conditions. You do not need to have experienced low mood or stress, but you do need to be 18 years or above.

If you wish to take part, you will be invited to a single interview, lasting up to an hour, at a time convenient to you. This can be face to face, by telephone or online. Interviews will be treated in strict confidence and anonymity is assured.

Your contribution will help towards the design of an intervention to prevent low mood and stress.

For further information, please contact Lauren Gray: or 01782 738267.

 This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.

MAC Clinical Research Study

Phase 2 study in adult participants with moderate to severe pain due to knee osteoarthritis

  • Do you have osteoarthritis and are aged between 40 – 80?
  • Do you live in one of the following areas? – Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Staffordshire/The Midlands and the surrounding areas
  • Are you interested in taking part in a clinical research study?

MAC Clinical Research is currently conducting a phase 2 clinical trial to test a potential new treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. The study drug GSK3858279 is a type of medicine called a monoclonal antibody. Previous research has shown that GSK3858279 blocks the activity of a protein called CCL17 and may reduce pain. It is hoped that blocking CCL17 may reduce knee pain in patients with OA.

The study drug is not an approved treatment. However, it has been previously studied in approximately 100 people in clinical trials to date. What we learn in this trial may help people with OA knee pain in the future.

There will be up to 30 x outpatient visits, (including X-ray on both knees on 2 occasions), over a maximum of 36-weeks. If eligible you may receive up to £1,690 for your time and commitment, plus travel expenses or transport to site visits.

You can register your interest to take part in this clinical trial or request further information using this link.

Alternatively, you can telephone the recruitment team on 0800 633 5507.

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.

HIPPOCRATES Prospective Observational Study (HPOS)

Identifying people at risk of developing psoriatic arthritis

  • Are you living with psoriasis and want to participate in research?
  • Aged 18 or over and living in Europe
  • Not diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis

Researchers invite you to share your experiences.

Up to one third of people living with psoriasis will develop a related arthritis causing inflammation in the joints and tendons.

HPOS is a study of people living with psoriasis. Led by patient research partners and a research team at the University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin, it is part of a large research project investigating psoriasis arthritis across Europe. Researchers want to identify which people living with psoriasis will develop arthritis. With your help, they can advance medicine and improve long-term quality of life for people living with psoriasis.

The study will run over 5 years and participants will be treated with full confidentiality. You will be asked to complete a small number of online questionnaires. You can choose which parts of the study to be a part of and can change your mind about participating, and your preferences, at any time.

You can find more information on the study website here.

If you have any further questions, contact

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.

King's College London

The Living with a LTC Study

People who live with long-term conditions (LTCs) often experience emotional difficulties related to their physical health. Researchers at King’s College London have developed a new questionnaire to measure the emotional distress related to living with a LTC. We hope this will eventually help healthcare practitioners better identify people who might need support.

The researchers are looking for people who are:

  • 18 years or older
  • based in the UK
  • have a long-term condition – eg arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, endometriosis, cancer, Long COVID or other
  • have an email address

You can participate in the survey and find a Participant Information Sheet through this link.

Completing the screening survey and questionnaire should take around 20 minutes. One week later, you will be sent a link to complete an additional 5-minute survey. You will also have the opportunity to win 1 of 5 x £100 vouchers.

If you have any questions about the study, please get in touch with the team at

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.