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The first participant in the RIDD trial – which is testing whether anti-TNF therapy can prevent or slow the progression of Dupuytren’s disease - has received their trial injection. Dupuytren’s disease affects 4% of the general UK population and causes the fingers to curl irreversibly into the palm. There is currently no approved treatment to prevent disease progression.

 The RIDD trial has two parts – our first participant is taking part in the dose response study for patients with advanced disease who are due to have the diseased tissue surgically removed. We will analyse the removed tissue in the lab to see the effect the treatment has had on the cells. The other part of the RIDD trial is for patients with early disease – with nodules in their hand but only mild or no contracture – and this will open in the summer.