Rheumatoid arthritis genes further unravelled

Researchers have improved their understanding of high-risk genes responsible for the development of rheumatoid arthritis thanks to research conducted by scientists at The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute and Monash University.

Researchers are able to closely analyse the immune cells behind rheumatoid arthritis’ development, looking at their behavioural changes after treatment.

The autoimmune disease is characterised by chronic inflammation of the joints and the study found immune cells in patients with RA lacked inflammation control systems.

RA affects roughly 1% of the population, mostly impacting those aged between 50 - 75 years.

Read more at The University of Queensland