Understanding who is at risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Research Study

About the research

A number of risk factors have been identified for developing RA. These include a family history, smoking, overweight, poor nutrition and lack of exercise, mining and exposure to certain types of dust. Some people with early signs of joint pain or swelling progress to RA and others don’t.

Arthritis Queensland Chair of Rheumatology, Professor Ranjeny Thomas and The Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (or A3BC), are linking risk factors with changes in the immune system and symptoms over time.  

The research team are looking for study participants who meet any of these categories:

  • Their doctor thinks they have early symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA);
  • are a parent, sibling or adult child of someone diagnosed with RA, or
  • do not have RA or a relative with RA, but who may be interested in participating in RA research as a 'healthy volunteer'


How to participate

To find out more and to get involved, please complete and submit the below form. By submitting this form, you agree to your responses to be provided to the research team. The research team will make contact with you to confirm your eligibility to participate in the research.

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Phone Number
Which of the following best describes your connection with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

For more information about the study, please contact the research team on di.arthritis@uq.edu.au or (07) 3443 6991. 

This research is being led by Arthritis Queensland Chair of Rheumatology, Professor Ranjeny Thomas and her research team. Learn more about Professor Thomas and her research

Your gift will help fund self-management courses, education seminars and will provide individual support for people living with arthritis.