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)

  • Bursill, D., Taylor, W. J., Terkeltaub, R., Kuwabara, M., Merriman, T. R., Grainger, R., ... Andrés M (2019). Gout, Hyperuricemia, and Crystal-Associated Disease Network Consensus Statement Regarding Labels and Definitions for Disease Elements in Gout. Arthritis care & research, 71 (3), 427-434. 10.1002/acr.23607
  • Chow, E., Williams, M., Giri, B., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). Strategies to reduce the impact of smoking on rheumatoid arthritis outcomes: Clinical experience of a brief outpatient clinic screening questionnaire. Comment on "The impact of smoking on rheumatoid arthritis outcomes." By Vittecoq et al. Joint Bone Spine 2018;85:135-138. Joint, bone, spine : revue du rhumatisme, 86 (2)10.1016/j.jbspin.2018.09.012
  • Choi, H., Neogi, T., Stamp, L., Dalbeth, N., & Terkeltaub, R. (2019). Reply. Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.), 71 (3), 481-482. 10.1002/art.40742
  • Tai, V., Merriman, T. R., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). Genetic advances in gout: potential applications in clinical practice. Current opinion in rheumatology, 31 (2), 144-151. 10.1097/bor.0000000000000571
  • Rong, J., Zhu, M., Munro, J., Cornish, J., McCarthy, G. M., Dalbeth, N., & Poulsen, R. C. (2019). Altered expression of the core circadian clock component PERIOD2 contributes to osteoarthritis-like changes in chondrocyte activity. Chronobiology international, 36 (3), 319-331. 10.1080/07420528.2018.1540493
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Raewyn Poulsen, Jacob Munro, Jillian Cornish
  • Jordan, K. N., Pennebaker, J. W., Petrie, K. J., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). Googling Gout: Exploring Perceptions About Gout Through a Linguistic Analysis of Online Search Activities. Arthritis care & research, 71 (3), 419-426. 10.1002/acr.23598
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie
  • Musson, D. S., Gao, R., Watson, M., Lin, J.-M., Park, Y.-E., Tuari, D., ... Naot, D. (2019). Bovine bone particulates containing bone anabolic factors as a potential xenogenic bone graft substitute. Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, 14 (1)10.1186/s13018-019-1089-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Musson, Maureen Watson, Karen Callon, Dorit Naot, Jillian Cornish, Jian-ming Lin, Young Eun Park
  • 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 surgery10.1016/j.jse.2018.11.044
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mei Lin Tay, Karen Callon, Michael Dray, Dipika Patel, Jillian Cornish, David Musson


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