Wales's first research centre dedicated to developing new drugs and treatments for arthritis sufferers has been unveiled in Cardiff.
The new centre, based in Cardiff University' School of Medicine, will rely on volunteer patients to test drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
With start-up funding of £115,000 from medical research charity Arthritis Research UK over the next three years and additional funding from Cardiff University, the centre will also seek to develop new laboratory tests that will determine the most appropriate therapy for patients.
Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic inflammatory joint conditions that result in pai, disability, joint damage and a reduced quality of life.
Anna-Maria Jones, from Dinas Powys is an arthritis sufferer who supports the new centre. She was first diagnosed ten years ago, and used to suffer intense pain with the condition so much so she was forced to give up work.
But now, thanks to the new drugs she's taking, her condition has improved.