Department of Rheumatology

Florence and Cope Chair of Rheumatology

Professor David Hunter

Liggins Chair of Rheumatology

Professor Lyn March

Research Focus

Australia's population is ageing. By 2050 nearly a quarter of our population will be over 65. But while we're living longer, it's often in discomfort and chronic pain. For many, senior years are marred by physical disability due to bone and joint disorders: that include more than 50 different types of arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal disorders. Researchers in the Rheumatology Department are dedicated to finding better treatment -and ultimately a cure- for these conditions. We have state-of-the-art facilities (at Royal north shore hospital and university of Sydney among others) to investigate treatment breakthroughs. Our findings have the potential to dramatically change lives of millions of suffered Australia wide and internationally. The Rheumatology Department brings together scientific researchers and medical clinicians who have a common interest in understanding and improving the outcomes for disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

We are currently conducting research into the causes, impact and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. While some of the key focuses of the department include Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis, investigations into Osteonecrosis, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis are also carried out by our researchers.