Glasgow Arthritis Involvement Network (GAIN)
The Glasgow Arthritis Involvement Network (GAIN) is a group of people living with arthritis and related conditions who inform and actively collaborate in Rheumatology research conducted at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation in the University of Glasgow (https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/).
Our department is committed to conducting research that reflects the needs and views of people with these conditions in order to ensure the research questions we ask are relevant and impactful.
Members of GAIN are enthusiastic individuals who engage with scientists, academics and healthcare professionals, collaborating and contributing to various aspects of the research including identifying research priorities, assessing research applications and informing study design and research dissemination. Involvement is based on individual’s preference and can take many forms including joining research proposal workshops, membership of study teams and steering groups, reviewing funding applications, designing participant information sheets and participating in research dissemination and public engagement development and design.
Where can I find out more about public involvement in research?
Further information about what is public involvement in research is available on the INVOLVE website here: https://www.invo.org.uk/find-out-more/what-is-public-involvement-in-research-2/
Versus Arthritis has published information about involving people with arthritis in research: https://www.versusarthritis.org/research/involving-people-with-arthritis/
To find out more information about the department’s public engagement activities please follow the activities of Rheumatosphere on twitter: @Rheumatosphere
How do I become involved in the work of GAIN?
If you live in or near the Glasgow area, have arthritis and would like to find out more or become involved in GAIN please email GAIN@glasgow.ac.uk or call 0141 330 5620 for further information.