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Roche sponsors summer student in arthritis research project

Media Release
19 January 2011

Roche sponsors summer student in arthritis research project

The Wellington Regional Rheumatology Trust has organised a summer studentship through sponsorship by pharmaceutical company Roche.

The project will see a research student review treatment outcomes for patients with arthritis who have been treated with modern biologic medicines.

“By funding this project we hope that Roche can contribute to encouraging today’s young talent into becoming tomorrow’s health researchers”, said Stuart Knight, General Manager of Roche.

The Trust will employ second year medical student Christopher Drury from the University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine during the summer semester to carry out the research.

Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand Sandra Kirby said, “It is important that we gather and share the information about the impact of arthritis on New Zealanders. These conditions are often minimised but are the leading cause of disability in this country. We’re pleased that Roche is able to contribute, as well as encouraging a young persons interest in the disease area“

As an unrestricted grant the research is carried out independently and will look at many types of arthritis and a range of innovative treatments. Dr Andrew Harrison of the Wellington Regional Rheumatology Trust hopes the research will contribute to a better understanding of how access to modern treatments can impact on the lives of arthritis sufferers.

A report on the study is expected to be available in early in 2011.

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