Young researchers seeking new treatment for arthritis

7 March 2019• PRESSRELEASE

Twelve young researchers, seven European universities, two companies and 3.3 million euros. Those are the ingredients of the ArthritisHeal project, which officially started on 1 March 2019. Coordinated by the Leiden University Medical Center, the parties will be looking for new treatments for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Marieke Bax, René Toes, Bart Everts and Martin Giera will be supervising the PhD students.The research focuses on so-called pro-resolving lipids. The immune system plays a major role in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. "We already know that these anti-inflammatory lipids play a role in the correct coordination of the immune system. In this project we will map out exactly how this works for arthritis and why this coordination did not go well in patients with these diseases ", says Dr Martin Giera, research coordinator and head of the metabolomics group in the Center for Proteomics & Metabolomics (CPM). The ultimate goal is to use anti-inflammatory lipids as a potential treatment for the two diseases.

Different fields

Twelve international PhD students will be working together on the four-year project. The young researchers come from different countries and different fields: biology, chemistry and medicine. Three of the twelve PhD students will be assigned a position in the LUMC at the departments of Parasitology, Rheumatology and the CPM. The PhD students will start working with patients, but will also look for new anti-inflammatory lipids in the laboratory.

The project, with the full title 'Establishing the molecular fundamentals of arthritis diseases - a step forward to Heal Arthritis', is financed with a grant from the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Innovative Training Network.

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