Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children team

About us

The work of the EATC4Children focuses on children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), JIA-associated uveitis, juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus, bone and bone health disorders, and other related conditions.

The Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children (EATC4Children) was created in 2014 with core funding from Versus Arthritis, and is the UK’s only EATC dedicated to children. We are a unique and diverse network of individuals bringing together our expertise to deliver experimental and translational research in childhood arthritis and related musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. This means we work from bench to bedside, taking our research, inspired and informed by patients, from the laboratory to the clinic where it can directly benefit patients.

The core team operates from Liverpool (University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust), Sheffield (University of Sheffield) and Bristol (University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust).

Our major focus is to deliver excellent care and ensure that the research we do is always directed towards answering the priority questions our children, young people, and their families have.

Our vision

The UK’s EATC4Children aims to be a world class experimental medicine centre in all that it does to transform outcomes for the children and young people affected by childhood arthritis and related MSK conditions. To achieve this, we work in partnership with children and young people to:

  1. Deliver impactful research based on, developed, and informed by patient need.
  2. Identify tools that enables patient stratification (being able to divide patients into distinct groups based on the presence or absence of particular disease characteristics) and treatments for patients.
  3. Educate the next generation of translational scientists and doctors (clinicians, healthcare professionals, clinicians and scientists) and the wider society about experimental medicine.


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