Dr Stephanie Shoop-Worrall

Research Associate

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I am an MRC-funded Research Associate in Epidemiology, working with children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis' (JIA). I use data from the Childhood Arthritis Prospective Study (CAPS: http://www.caps-childhoodarthritisprospectivestudy.co.uk/), two biologics registers (BSPAR-ETN and BCRD: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/bcrdbspar) and the Childhood Arthritis Response to Medication Study (CHARMS: https://www.sparks.org.uk/groundbreaking-research-into-childhood-arthritis/)

My broad research areas are:

1. Treatment response: Exploring patterns of response to treatment in JIA. Predicting which children will repond to which treatments

2. Remission: Selecting the optimum definition and identifying predictors of this remission in JIA

3. Functional ability: Assessing how functional ability should best be measured in adolescents with JIA


I gained my BSc at the University of Liverpool in 2013 and then worked as a research assistant in veterinary epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College. I gained my MSc in Epidemiology(Biostatistics) at Imperial College London in 2014 and my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2018.


Social responsibility

Patient and public involvement and engagement:

I endevour to involve patient feedback into the design and completion of my work. This involves working with the Your Rheum group and the University's research user group.

I have facilitated meetings between members of the public, clinicians and researchers as part of Social Responsibility week 2016 and to organise a new core data set for JIA (CAPTURE-JIA) in 2015.

I regularly present my work to the public, including at the university's 3-minute thesis competition, for which I was a finalist, and at Faculty events. I have also written several articles on epidemiology (Biological Science's Review) and specifically my work, gaining me a commendation at the 2015 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Awards.


Other social responsibilities:

I am an active Allout Ally, responsible for maintaining safe spaces for LGBT staff and students within the University. I also lead aspects of the School of Biological Sciences Athena Swan social media, which aims to promote equality and diversity within the school. Additionally, I am a member of the Centre for MSK research Green Impact team, which promotes environmentally sustainable work practices. 

Further information


My work has been presented as oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences including:

-The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR): 2017

-Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS): 2016, 2017

-British Society for Rheumatology (BSR): 2016, 2017

-British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

-American College of Rheumatology (ACR): 2015, 2016, 2017

-Research with Children at Manchester, Postgraduate Conference: 2015

-British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA): 2014


I have also chaired oral abstract sessions at BSPAR (Southampton, 2018) and PReS (Athens, 2017) conferences.

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Epidemiology , Rheumatology, Biostatistics

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