Take part in research or complete a survey
In addition to funding arthritis research, Arthritis New Zealand also supports researchers who are undertaking important studies on arthritis that require participants. This page provides links and information to a wide range of projects currently being carried out throughout Aotearoa New Zealand which invite members of the public to complete surveys, participate in research-related activities or attend in-person sessions with the researchers themselves.
Please contact the Research Manager Dr Richard Griffiths by filling in the form below if you would like Arthritis New Zealand to list your research project on this page.
Contact Dr Richard Griffiths:
Research projects requiring participants:
Have you used DHB rheumatology services in the last 5 years? Do you want to share your opinion on future services? Online survey available now!
For more information, please contact Professor Rebecca Grainger (University of Otago, Department of Medicine):
Phone: 04 385 5541
This study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee reference D22/140
Please click on the button below to undertake the online survey
Are you at risk of gout? Study participants from Auckland and Christchurch are needed
High urate levels in the blood (hyperuricemia) are the most important cause of gout, a common and painful form of inflammatory arthritis. However, it is currently unclear why some people with high urate levels develop gout and others do not.
The University of Auckland and the University of Otago are running a long-term study of people with high urate levels which will help us understand what predicts the development of gout.
Participation will involve attending two 90-minute visits, one at the beginning and a second one five years later. At each study visit, we will ask you to complete some questions about your health, assess your height and weight, examine your joints for tenderness and swelling, assess your walking, collect urine and blood samples to test your urate levels, creatinine (kidney function) and CRP (a marker of inflammation) and, if you agree, to look at your DNA. Ultrasound scans and x-rays of your feet and knees will also be taken.
You may be eligible for this study if you:
• Live in Auckland or Christchurch
• Are 18 years old or older
• Have high blood urate levels and/or a family history of gout
This study has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (MEC/05/10/130).
For more information, please click on the following buttons if you live in either of those regions:
Do you have knee osteoarthritis, are 45 years or older and have had ongoing knee pain for 3 months or longer? – Auckland participants required
For more information, please contact David Toomey, PhD candidate, Lecturer – Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology. School of Clinical Sciences
Phone: 021 0843 5809
This study has received ethical approval from the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (Ref: 21/STH/128).
Please click on the button below to download the Participant Information Sheet to find out more about the study
Have you been diagnosed with gout and are currently taking allopurinol? Do you also have a smart phone and are over 18 years? Study participants are required
For more information and a copy of the Participant Information Sheet, please contact Yasaman Emad, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland.
This study has been approved by the Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee on [23/11/2021] for three years. Reference number [AH23037].
Please click on the button below to download the Participant Information Sheet.
Have you had regular, moderate or severe pain for 3 months or longer caused by any type of arthritis or fibromyalgia? Auckland Participants Required
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Does a child or young person in your family/whānau have Lupus/SLE?
Auckland Participants Required
For more information, please contact Dr Julie Blamires (Lecturer in Nursing, Auckland University of Technology)
Phone: 021 238 7275 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study has been approved by the AUT and ADHB ethics committees (AUTEC#21/355 and A+938).
Please click on the button below to download the Parent and/or Other Family Member Participant Information Sheet (you can also email or phone Dr Blamires if you would like to see the study consent forms and the three other participant information sheets for participants aged 10-14 years old, under 16 years and over 16 years).
Do you have a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Parents are invited to complete two short surveys on the use of complementary and alternative medicines
For more information, please contact Angharad Hurley (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago (Christchurch))
This study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (Health). Ethics approval number H21/028
Please click on the following link to download the survey invitation (which is comprised of participant information sheets, electronic consent forms, etc.)
Do you have early Osteoarthritis? – Auckland Participants Required
For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Meiring
This study has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee on 11/09/2020 for three years. Reference number 20/CEN/200.
Have you ever been involved as a consumer/patient research partner in musculoskeletal research in Aotearoa New Zealand? – Participants Required
For more information, please contact Kealey-Rei Sanford
Phone: 027 869 7321 | Email: email@example.com
This project has received ethics approval by University of Otago Human Ethics Committee reference: D20/362
The Opti-OK Clinical Trial – Dunedin Participants Required
For more information, please contact Dr Cathy Chapple
Phone: (03) 479 5235 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study has been approved by Health and Disability Ethics Committees and is funded by the Stanley Paris Research Fellowship. Ethics Reference: 21/STH/81.
Understanding Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Experiences (U-KOPE) research project – Dunedin Participants Required
Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trial – Christchurch Participants Required
For more information, please contact NZCR on 0800 862 278 or email@example.com
This study has been approved by the Northern A Ethics Committee (June 2021).
Have Your Say: Public Transport Survey to Help Develop a “Ride Share” App for the Disability Community
A group of Aucklanders who have different disabilities are currently exploring the feasibility of starting their own “ride share” app to provide a transport service for the wider Auckland disability community, which is ultimately accessible, respectful and safe for all potential customers to use. As part of the consultation process, the group are inviting people who the proposed service would potentially support to complete a short 5-10 minute online survey. Questions relate to the types of transport services people currently use, their frequency of use, their past and present transport experiences, barriers to better/safer journeys and how they might use a service like the one being proposed.
The types of respondents we would love to hear from include people with arthritis, blind and/or low vision, wheel and powerchair users or people who have had a stroke, epilepsy or other kinds of disabilities or conditions which affect their mobility and quality of life.
For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ROAM Study (Research Osteoarthritis and Greenshell Mussells)
How Arthritis May Have Impacted an Individual’s Way of Using Hair Dryers Survey
Measuring Physical Activity in People with Osteoarthritis
The University of Auckland is seeking adults aged 40 – 80 years of age who have been diagnosed
with mild knee or hip osteoarthritis to participate in a research study.
For further information, please contact Dr Rebecca Meiring on 09-923-4815.
Knee Osteoarthritis Research
Psoriatic Arthritis clinical study
COVID-19 and Stress Study
Are you 18 years or older and live in New Zealand?
Your contribution will help us understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the physical and mental wellbeing of New Zealanders.
This will involve:
• Completing an online survey (about 10-15 mins)• Completing an online survey (about 10-15 mins)
• Collecting and storing a small sample of your hair (optional)
You’ll be asked to do the survey 3 times: today, 12 weeks later and when the government changes its social distancing measures. You’ll be asked to take 2 hair samples: today and in 12 weeks. This is optional.
Professor Elizabeth Broadbent and Norina Gasteiger: email@example.com
This project is a collaboration between the University of Auckland, the University of Nottingham and Kings College London. The UK team is led by Professor Kavita Vedhara.
Researchers at the University of Otago are undertaking an online survey about the views of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on reducing biologics. The aim is to explore the views of people with RA about the possibility of reducing their biologic medications such as Enbrel or Humira.
You may participate if you are 18 years of age or older, have rheumatoid arthritis, and have taken or currently on biologics treatment. If you wish to participate further information can be found here.
Have a question about your arthritis? Get an educator to phone you!
To save some time over the phone, fill out the online form and let an Arthritis Educator call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.