About the Nordic JIA Study Group (NoSPeR)

NoSPeR is a study group currently working on Nordic population-based follow-up study on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

The participating countries are Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

The patients were enrolled between the years1997-2000.

The main targets of the study were to achieve more information about the epidemiology, outcome and disease characteristics of JIA.

At first the study was planned for 8 years’ period focusing mainly on disease activity and possible damages related to it. Later it was prolonged until 17-year follow-up, the results of which are currently being analyzed.

Clinical risk factors and biomarkers of JIA-associated uveitis have also been studied.

The study has already resulted in several publications in central international journals of rheumatology.