Biography

I completed my undergraduate medical training at the University of Birmingham Medical School. My pre-registration and general medical training were undertaken in the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. I trained in rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London; Guys Hospital, London and the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. My name was placed on the specialist register for rheumatology in 1986. I trained in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I joined the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in 1989. I was promoted to the Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology in 2001.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

  • Professor George Kitas – Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor Jill Belch – University of Dundee
  • Professor Alex MacGregor – University of East Anglia

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  • British Society for Rheumatology (Distinguished member)
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • EULAR Honorary Member

Overview

  • Research Lead for Prevention of Co-Morbidity - NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit
  • Programme lead for the Norfolk Arthritis Register - Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology
  • Professor of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology
  • Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist – Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
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Qualifications

  • MB ChB (Birm) 1977
  • MD (Birm) 1987
  • FRCP 1994
  • FFPH 2006 

Research interests

My main research interest is in the epidemiology of inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions – in particular, risk factors for the development and outcome of rheumatoid arthritis. I am a Principal Investigator for the Norfolk Arthritis Register and the BSR Biologics Register. I have a major interest in drug safety and pharmacoepidemiology.   I was the Director of the  NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal BRU until April 2014, and remain the Lead for the Prevention of Co-Morbidity Research theme. I was the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology until August 2014 and remain involved in the Norfolk Arthritis Register and BSR Biologics Register-RA programmes.

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