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.   

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Research projects requiring participants:

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))

Email: angharad.hurley@otago.ac.nz

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 or Tia Lindbom

Email: rebecca.meiring@aucklanduni.ac.nz or tlin538@auckland.ac.nz

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: sanke638@student.otago.ac.nz

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: cathy.chapple@otago.ac.nz

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

For more information, use the keyword (U-KOPE) and contact:
Email mark.overton@postgrad.otago.ac.nz | Freephone 0800 687 489
For more information visit otago.ac.nz/ukope

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trial – Christchurch Participants Required

For more information, please contact NZCR on 0800 862 278 or recruiter@nzcr.co.nz

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: barneysbiz25@gmail.com

Digital Knee – Knee Osteoarthritis Pilot Study

For more information, please contact Aidan Messenger:

Phone: 027 865 3898

Email: Aidan Messenger – contact@digitalkneestudy.com

This study has been approved by the Southern HDEC (reference 20/STH/237). 

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.

Download the Participation Information Sheet here.

Osteoarthritis Research

Stiff or sore hips or knees? How much do you know about osteoarthritis?
Please take part in a global survey exploring osteoarthritis knowledge.
A brief video describing the study can be viewed at https://youtu.be/m-g8xIPPsHw

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. 

Click here for more information

Research team
Professor Elizabeth Broadbent and Norina Gasteiger: covidstudynz@gmail.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.

Are you at risk of gout arthritis?

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 an initial 90-minute visit at the University of Auckland’s Clinical Research Centre at the Grafton Campus, and a second visit 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, Wellington or Christchurch
  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Have high blood urate levels and/or a family history of gout


For more information, please contact Isabel Su:

Phone: 09 923 9531

Mobile: 027 281 2491

Email: Isabel.su@auckland.ac.nz

This study has been approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (MEC/05/10/130). For more information, click here.

Preventing gout attacks when starting allopurinol

The Bone and Joint Research Group is collaborating on a study on the effects of taking extra medication to prevent acute attacks of gout.

The University of Auckland, in collaboration with the University of Otago Christchurch, is currently conducting a study on the effects of taking extra medication to prevent acute attacks of gout when commencing allopurinol.

Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their gout. They will then be provided with study medication and be asked to have follow-up blood tests.

If you:

  • Live in Auckland
  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Have gout arthritis

Tapering biologics therapy

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.

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