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 served as a member of the Core Leadership Team on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Gout Management Guidelines, and as a steering committee member for the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) gout group and the ACR/European League Against Rheumatism 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)

  • Tehan, P. E., Carroll, M., Dalbeth, N., & Rome, K. (2020). How Footwear Is Assessed in Patient Reported Measures for People with Arthritis: A Scoping Review. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 12 (2), 161-167. 10.1002/pmrj.12182
  • Kleinstäuber M, Wolf, L., Jones, A. S. K., Dalbeth, N., & Petrie, K. J. (2020). Internalized and Anticipated Stigmatization in Patients With Gout. ACR open rheumatology, 2 (1), 11-17. 10.1002/acr2.11095
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie
  • Stewart, S., Dalbeth, N., Aiyer, A., & Rome, K. (2020). Objectively Assessed Foot and Ankle Characteristics in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Comparison With Age- and Sex-Matched Controls. Arthritis care & research, 72 (1), 122-130. 10.1002/acr.23832
  • Stamp, L. K., Chapman, P. T., Barclay, M., Horne, A., Frampton, C., Merriman, T. R., ... Dalbeth, N. (2020). Relationships Between Allopurinol Dose, Oxypurinol Concentration and Urate-Lowering Response-In Search of a Minimum Effective Oxypurinol Concentration. Clinical and translational science, 13 (1), 110-115. 10.1111/cts.12686
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Horne
  • Krasnoryadtseva, A., Dalbeth, N., & Petrie, K. (2020). Does seeing personal medical images change beliefs about illness and treatment in people with gout? A randomised controlled trial. Psychology & health, 35 (1), 107-123. 10.1080/08870446.2019.1626396
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie
  • Jatuworapruk, K., Grainger, R., Dalbeth, N., & Taylor, W. J. (2019). Development of a prediction model for inpatient gout flares in people with comorbid gout. Annals of the rheumatic diseases10.1136/annrheumdis-2019-216277
  • Chhana, A., Pool, B., Wei, Y., Choi, A., Gao, R., Munro, J., ... Dalbeth, N. (2019). Human Cartilage Homogenates Influence the Crystallization of Monosodium Urate and Inflammatory Response to Monosodium Urate Crystals: A Potential Link Between Osteoarthritis and Gout. Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.), 71 (12), 2090-2099. 10.1002/art.41038
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashika Chhana, Jillian Cornish
  • White, D., Lao, C., Williams, M., Lawrenson, R., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). The costs associated with ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis in Aotearoa/New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132 (1506), 10-19. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Douglas White


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