I am a Research Associate in Epidemiology and Data Science, largely working with children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
I am fortunate to work under the CLUSTER consortium and 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. Machine learning: Applying novel supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods to understand clusters of disease and further stratified medicine
2. Remission: Understanding the state of 'remission', how it is measured and how to predict who will achieve it
3. Adolescent medicine: Understanding how measures of disease and its impact should be captured as young people mature into adulthood
4. COVID-19: Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, young people and adults with rheumatic diseases
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.
Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE):
I endeavour to involve patient feedback into the design, interpretation and dissemination of my work. This involves working with several involvement groups including Your Rheum, the Cluster patient network and the University's research user group.
I facilitate meetings between members of the public, clinicians and researchers, most recently to develop a new core data set for JIA (CAPTURE-JIA).
I regularly present my work to the public, including secondary schools across the North West and at the university's 3-minute thesis competition, for which I was a finalist. 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 lead aspects of the School of Biological Sciences Athena Swan social media, which aims to promote equality and diversity within the school. I am also an active Allout Ally, responsible for maintaining safe spaces for LGBT staff and students within the University Additionally, I am a member of the Centre for MSK research Green Impact team, which promotes environmentally sustainable work practices.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
- University Research Ethics Committee member
- Athena Swan Committee, School of Biological Sciences
- Member of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS)
- Working group member of EMEUNET, a network of early-career rheumatology researchers across Europe
My work has been presented as oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences including:
- American College of Rheumatology (ACR): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020
- British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- British Society for Rheumatology (BSR): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA): 2014
- European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR): 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Jodrell Bank Cantre for Astrophysics Machine Learning: 2018
- LECRC: Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: 2019
- Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Research with Children at Manchester: 2015
- Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome (SAM): 2019
I have also chaired oral abstract sessions at BSPAR (Southampton, 2018) and PReS (Athens, 2017) conferences.