Personal profile


  • Professor of Rheumatology
  • Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust


I qualified from the University of Aberdeen, trained in general medicine at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow and in rheumatology in Salford. I was appointed honorary consultant rheumatologist in 1993, and Professor of Rheumatology in 2011. My major clinical and research interests are Raynaud’s phenomenon and systemic sclerosis-spectrum disorders.

Research interests

My research programme is disease based, investigating different aspects of pathogenesis, measurement and treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon and systemic sclerosis. Salford Royal Hospital is a tertiary referral centre for systemic sclerosis. I have a particular interest in nailfold capillaroscopy and in other methods of measuring digital vascular structure and function. I am Principal Investigator in a number of clinical trials/studies.

I collaborate with members of the UK Systemic Sclerosis Study Group, the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (I am past-president of the SCTC), and the EULAR Scleroderma Trials and Research Group (EUSTAR). A major remit of these three organisations is to facilitate collaborative studies investigating systemic sclerosis-spectrum disorders.  

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Member of British Society for Rheumatology
  • Member of British Microcirculation Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • International member of the American College of Rheumatology
  • Past-President of Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC)
  • A Vice-President of Scleroderma and Raynaud's UK (SRUK)

Methodological knowledge


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Lydia Becker Institute
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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