Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that is caused by the immune system attacking joints and other tissues. It affects around 450,000 Australians, and the disease frequently first appears in 35-64 year olds.


Rheumatoid arthritis can have a major impact on people’s quality of life and can also reduce their life span. Our researchers are working to increase understanding of this disease so improved and better-targeted treatment can be delivered.

Our rheumatoid arthritis research

For more than 20 years our researchers have been advancing knowledge about rheumatoid arthritis. Their discoveries have led to current clinical trials that are testing better treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.

Our ongoing rheumatoid arthritis research aims to:

  • Understand what goes wrong in the immune system to trigger and sustain inflammation.
  • Design better ways to diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Our rheumatoid arthritis research is integrated into WEHI’s broader research programs in immunology and inflammation.

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