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)

  • Major, T. J., Krishnan, M., Topless, R. K., Dewes, O., Thompson, J., Zoysa, J. D., ... Weeks, D. E. (2018). Re: "Widespread prevalence of a CREBRF variant among Māori and Pacific children is associated with weight and height in early childhood". International journal of obesity (2005)10.1038/s41366-018-0025-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rinki Murphy, Ofa Dewes, Andrew Shelling, Mohanraj Krishnan
  • Robinson, P. C., Dalbeth, N., & Donovan, P. (2018). The Cost-effectiveness of Biannual Serum Urate (SU) Monitoring after Reaching Target in Gout: A Health Economic Analysis Comparing SU Monitoring. The Journal of rheumatology10.3899/jrheum.170199
  • Wright, D. F. B., Dalbeth, N., Phipps-Green, A. J., Merriman, T. R., Barclay, M. L., Drake, J., ... Stamp, L. K. (2018). The impact of diuretic use and ABCG2 genotype on the predictive performance of a published allopurinol dosing tool. Br J Clin Pharmacol10.1111/bcp.13516
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Horne
  • Dalbeth, N., & Doyle, A. J. (2018). Imaging tools to measure treatment response in gout. Rheumatology (Oxford, England), 57 (suppl_1), i27-i34. 10.1093/rheumatology/kex445
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony Doyle
  • Dalbeth, N., Pool, B., Chhana, A., Lin, J.-M., Tay, M. L., Tan, P., ... Drake, J. (2018). Lack of Evidence that Soluble Urate Directly Influences Bone Remodelling: A Laboratory and Clinical Study. Calcified tissue international, 102 (1), 73-84. 10.1007/s00223-017-0328-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashika Chhana, Dorit Naot, Anne Horne, Ian Reid, Andrew Grey, Jillian Cornish, Jian-ming Lin, Bregina Pool, Mei Lin Tay, Karen Callon, Greg Gamble
  • Stamp, L. K., Chapman, P. T., Barclay, M., Horne, A., Frampton, C., Tan, P., ... Dalbeth, N. (2017). The effect of kidney function on the urate lowering effect and safety of increasing allopurinol above doses based on creatinine clearance: a post hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Arthritis research & therapy, 19 (1)10.1186/s13075-017-1491-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Horne
  • Stamp, L. K., Morillon, M. B., Taylor, W. J., Dalbeth, N., Singh, J. A., Lassere, M., & Christensen, R. (2017). Variability in the Reporting of Serum Urate and Flares in Gout Clinical Trials: Need for Minimum Reporting Requirements. The Journal of rheumatology10.3899/jrheum.170911
  • Gosling, A. L., Boocock, J., Dalbeth, N., Harré Hindmarsh J, Stamp, L. K., Stahl, E. A., ... Merriman, T. R. (2017). Mitochondrial genetic variation and gout in Māori and Pacific people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Annals of the rheumatic diseases10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212416


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Level 2, Room 201D
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