Professor Dr Willem van Eden and Professor Dr Femke Broere of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University are hard at work developing a vaccine against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They do this in collaboration with researchers from University Medical Center Utrecht, including Professor Dr Jaap van Laar. For the next five years, ReumaNederland provides 500.000 euros to make this research possible. Professor Dr Willem van Eden's research group is also awarded the title of Research Centre of Excellence by ReumaNederland.
With the Research Centres of Excellence that are ahead of the curve in research into inflammatory rheumatism, ReumaNederland wants to make big breakthroughs in the treatment of people who have inflammatory rheumatism. In the upcoming period, more research groups for inflammatory rheumatism, arthrosis and juvenile arthritis in the Netherlands will receive the recognition of being declared Research Centres of Excellence. ReumaNederland provides a total of 7.3 million euros for these Research Centres.
Breakthroughs to improve living with inflammatory rheumatism
The research into and treatment of inflammatory rheumatism has advanced greatly in the past years, but damaged joints are still a frequent consequence of the disease. Not a single form of inflammatory rheumatism can currently be cured. Current treatments merely suppress only a part of the symptoms and barely affect symptoms such as extreme fatigue and pain.