I am Professor of Rheumatology and an NIHR Senior Investigator at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Division of Musculoskeletal and DermatologicalSciences.
My clinical work is at The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester University Foundation Trust. I am also Director of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and Centre Academic Lead for the NIHR Translational Research Partnership in Joint and Related Inflammatory Diseases.
I qualified in Medicine from Queen's University Belfast in 1988 and gained my MRCP in 1991. My clinical training in medicine and rheumatology was in Northern Ireland and I completed my MD Thesis on the pathogenesis of systemic vasculitis in 1995. From 1996-1998 I was the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellow at the University of Toronto ( Profs M Urowtiz and D Gladman). I moved to Manchester in 1998 initially as an NHS consultant but later transferred to the University in 2003. I was appointed Professor of Rheumatology in August 2010 and an NIHR Senior Investigator in April 2013.