World-leading clinical trials company Atlantia, which is based in Cork, has announced plans to kick-start a significant new study to tackle one of the most prevalent diseases facing the Irish population today – osteoarthritis. They are now calling on osteoarthritis sufferers to come forward to take part on the ground-breaking study.

Barry Skillington, Director at Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, spoke of what they hope to achieve with the study,

“One in five of us in Ireland will suffer with some form of arthritis over the course of our lives and, for the majority, it will take the form of osteoarthritis. The disease can range from mild to chronic but its prevalence is increasing significantly. It has been forecasted that the frequency of osteoarthritis cases is expected to double by 2020.

In Ireland – over 30% of all GP visits in Ireland relate to arthritic conditions. It is also the case that the condition often goes underdiagnosed so many people could actually be suffering in silence.


Trial participants will travel to the Cork company’s HQ on several occasions in August & September to take part in the trials. All participants will be reimbursed for their time.


  • Are you aged between 30 & 75 years and been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee?
  • Do you have a healthy weight, with a BMI between 18.5 and 29.9 kg/m2
  • Do you have documented diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) of the target knee
  • Suffer from mild to moderate pain, which is not adequately controlled with anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you think yourself, a friend or relative might qualify and would like to participate in this study you can register for a screening assessment by contacting Niamh on 087-1648153. You can also email or Linda on