Diabetes (medication) and osteoarthritis

What is the topic of this research project? 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease affecting over 1,500,000 people in the Netherlands making it one of the most prevalent diseases in the country. Moreover, due to the ageing population and the increase of people with overweight its prevalence is expected to rise in the following decades. Although symptomatic treatment options are widely available, currently no disease modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOAD) exist. Anti-diabetic medications may offer opportunities for patients with OA. In this project we aim to evaluate the effect of these drugs on the occurrence and development of OA.

Who is the principal investigator? 

Dr. Yannick Nielen

Who is collaborating?

Department of Rheumatology MUMC+

Are we looking for students or researchers to collaborate on this project?  

Yes, we offer short (at least 3 months) and long term (at least 6 months) internships for students with an interest in pharmacoepidemiology, diabetes, and rheumatology (and pharmacy). Experience with programming or coding (e.g. R, SAS, SPSS) is recommended; however, some in-house training is available. 

Contact (research coordinator)

yannick.nielen@mumc.nl

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