Professor Nicola Dalbeth



Nicola Dalbeth is an academic rheumatologist who leads a clinical and laboratory programme of research in gout, an inflammatory arthritis of major significance to Aotearoa New Zealand.  Her work focuses on understanding the impact and mechanisms of disease in gout. 

She has been lead investigator in both commercial and investigator-initiated clinical trials in gout.  She is a founding member of the Counties Manukau District Health Board Māori Gout Action Group. She chairs the Atlas of Healthcare Variation Gout Expert Advisory Group, and Australia and New Zealand Gout Special Interest Forum. She was the Lead Clinical Advisor for the Gout Clinical Pathways (Greater Auckland Integrated Healthcare Network) and the national bpac Gout Treatment Guidelines.  She has served as an Expert Panel member on the American College of Rheumatology Gout Management Guidelines, and is a steering committee member for the OMERACT gout working group and the ACR/EULAR gout classification project.

Research | Current

Clinical research includes clinical trials, imaging studies (using plain radiographs, MRI and three-dimensional CT modeling) to analyze joint damage, studies to investigate the functional impact of gout, and validation of outcome measures in gout.  The laboratory work in the Auckland Bone and Joint Research Laboratory involves investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammation and joint damage in gout.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhu, M., Tay, M. L., Callon, K., Tuari, D., Zhao, L., Dray, M., ... Young, S. (2019). Overlay repair with a synthetic collagen scaffold improves the quality of healing in a rat rotator cuff repair model. Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery, 28 (5), 949-958. 10.1016/j.jse.2018.11.044
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mei Lin Tay, Karen Callon, Dipika Patel, Jillian Cornish, David Musson, Jie Zhang, Jacob Munro
  • Dalbeth, N., Phipps-Green, A., Frampton, C., Neogi, T., Taylor, W. J., & Merriman, T. R. (2019). Response to: 'The reference levels of serum urate for clinically evident incident gout' by Chen and Ding. Annals of the rheumatic diseases, 78 (5)10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-213372
  • Frecklington, M., Dalbeth, N., McNair, P., Morpeth, T., Vandal, A. C., Gow, P., & Rome, K. (2019). Effects of a footwear intervention on foot pain and disability in people with gout: a randomised controlled trial. Arthritis research & therapy, 21 (1)10.1186/s13075-019-1886-y
  • Towiwat, P., Chhana, A., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). The anatomical pathology of gout: a systematic literature review. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 20 (1)10.1186/s12891-019-2519-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashika Chhana
  • Wu, Z., Koh, B., Lawrence, L. M., Kanamala, M., Pool, B., Svirskis, D., ... Crosier, P. S. (2019). Liposome-Mediated Drug Delivery in Larval Zebrafish to Manipulate Macrophage Function. Zebrafish, 16 (2), 171-181. 10.1089/zeb.2018.1681
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jonathan Astin, Bregina Pool, Darren Svirskis, Christopher Hall, Zimei Wu
  • Stewart, S., Brenton-Rule, A., Dalbeth, N., Aiyer, A., Frampton, C., & Rome, K. (2019). Foot and ankle characteristics in systemic lupus erythematosus: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism, 48 (5), 847-859. 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2018.07.002
  • Kieser, A., Dalbeth, N., & Serlachius, A. (2019). Keeping Up with the Applications: Lessons Learned Evaluating Gout Apps. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 25 (4), 272-273. 10.1089/tmj.2018.0091
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Serlachius
  • Stamp, L. K., Topless, R., Miner, J. N., Dalbeth, N., & Merriman, T. (2019). No association between ATP-binding cassette transporter G2 rs2231142 (Q141K) and urate-lowering response to febuxostat. RHEUMATOLOGY, 58 (3), 547-548. 10.1093/rheumatology/key423


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M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 2, Room 201D
New Zealand

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