EULAR Virtual Research Center

The Center’s Mission

  • Founded in 2020, the EULAR Virtual Research Center facilitates collaborative basic, clinical, and translational research to improve the lives of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
  • The center does this by providing a research roadmap as well as research resources, infrastructure, services, and training to enable high-quality, interdisciplinary rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease research.
  • To advance its mission, the center also develops broad coalitions and partnerships at the local, national, and international level to integrate existing resources, support research that addresses the needs of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, and foster innovation in the field.

Services and Resources Coming Soon

The EULAR Virtual Research Center will offer a range of services:

  • The EULAR Consultation Service will provide expert advice to investigators with the goal of improving the quality of their research protocols. Researchers and health professionals can receive help with formulating research questions, methodology, and data analysis.
  • The EULAR Shared Technology Service will help researchers to get access to the latest technology to perform innovative and high-quality research on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The idea is to improve the quality of research and remove access barriers to innovative technology-driven research methods and equipment that researchers in low-resources settings may face.
  • The center will also offer team science support efforts by bringing together scientists, clinicians, health professionals, patient advocacy organizations, and other community members to solve interdisciplinary, system-wide scientific and operational problems in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease research that no one team can overcome alone.
  • Through the EULAR School, the EULAR Center will further provide training opportunities for a highly qualified, diverse rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease workforce from researchers, clinicians and other health professionals to patient researchers. Topics will include research methods, digital health, and data science with a focus on research into rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

Focus on the Needs of People with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

  • The EULAR RheumaMap provides more information about the unmet needs of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases across Europe. The document also highlights research challenges and opportunities for the coming years. It was developed in cooperation with the members of EULAR, namely scientific societies, patient organisations and health professional associations from all European countries.

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