Important new rheumatology resource unveiled

October 21, 2009

A comprehensive account of the most important advances in rheumatology research from the past decade has been published in BioMed Central's open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy (AR&T). This freely available collection of 38 articles written by an internationally recognized group of experts spanning more than 400 pages is an essential educational tool which provides clinicians and researchers with a detailed overview of the current status of basic, translational and clinical research in rheumatology.

Rheumatic diseases affect the body's joints, muscles, skin and a variety of internal organs and connective tissues. Current estimates indicate that some 43 million Americans have been diagnosed to date as well as even greater numbers worldwide. AR&T's new review collates the expertise of 39 renowned scientists and rheumatologists to present physicians and scientists around the globe with an invaluable reference work outlining the biologic processes underlying rheumatic diseases and analyzing the most significant developments in specific rheumatic diseases from the past decade.

"The past ten years have seen an explosion of new information in rheumatology research" said Arthritis Research and Therapy Editors-in-Chief, Peter E Lipsky and Ravinder N. Maini. "This collection produced for AR&T's 10th anniversary will help readers around the world understand the nature of the new developments that not only should stimulate additional interdisciplinary research on unsolved problems but also foster the timely application of this new knowledge into better patient care."

The collection of articles can be found here: http://arthritis-research.com/series/sbr2008
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Notes to Editors:

1. BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

2. Arthritis Research & Therapy (http://arthritis-research.com/) is an international, peer-reviewed online and print journal, publishing original research, reviews, commentaries and reports. The major focus of the journal is in mechanisms of, and translational laboratory and clinical research into localised and systemic immune-inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Phase I, II and III clinical trials are also published.

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