Our life-changing research

We understand that arthritis can have a huge impact on the lives of people with arthritis, their families and friends. All of these people are counting on new research to help find better treatments.

Last year, Versus Arthritis invested £22 million in innovative and pioneering research to improve the lives of the 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis, like Charles.

“I’ve seen the difference research has made to my own life. Because of the advances made in joint replacement surgery by the time of my last knee replacement, I found I recovered faster and had less post-operative pain.”


By supporting Versus Arthritis, you can help us achieve life-changing breakthroughs in our push against the pain and the fatigue of arthritis, like:

  • The development of anti-TNF therapy: We discovered a key molecule, leading to a new class of drugs known as biological therapies. Since its approval in 1998, infliximab alone has transformed the lives 1.9 million people with inflammatory arthritis.
  • An innovative exercise programme to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis: Research has highlighted the important role that exercise can play in reducing pain and increasing function in people with osteoarthritis. ESCAPE-pain is a six-week programme of integrated exercise and self-management delivered in a group. In Kent, the intervention is estimated to have led to a 50% reduction in the costs of physiotherapy for chronic joint pain.
  • New approaches to treating inflammatory arthritis: We found that treating patients within 12 weeks of symptom onset is crucial to prevent pain and reduce the risk of long-term joint damage and disability. This transformed the standard management of rheumatoid arthritis, focusing on early diagnosis and treatment rather than symptom management. 

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Every day, Versus Arthritis supports scientists, therapists, nurses and doctors who are working alongside people with arthritis to search for new answers and continue to defy arthritis through our research.

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Our latest research projects

From the potential of broccoli to treat osteoarthritis to developing a vaccine to treat pain, read about our current research projects and learn how any new discoveries may impact the lives of people living with arthritis.

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