Glasgow Arthritis Involvement Network

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 School of Infection & Immunity in the University of Glasgow.

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.

Versus Arthritis has published information about involving people with arthritis in research.

To find out more information about the department’s public engagement, please follow the activities of Rheumatosphere on Twitter: @Rheumatosphere

How do I become involved in the work of GAIN?

If you have arthritis, live in Scotland, and would like to find out more or become involved in GAIN please email, or call 0141 330 5620 for further information.

Click the link below to download our Patient Information Sheet, which contains background information and a form to apply to become part of GAIN, and return by email to

GAIN Patient Research Partner Information Form