Christine Chew

Christine Chew


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I hold a honorary academic post at the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation. Currently, I am a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (University of Bristol), while undertaking Paediatric Rheumatology subspecialty training at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.


I am interested in exploring how we can design better treatments for autoimmune conditions through understanding the origin and function of immune cells residing in primary tissue that undergo inflammation during disease. I became fascinated by the function of kidney macrophages for their diverse role in maintaining tissue health and significant involvement in autoimmune disease, whilst studying for a PhD (Versus Arthritis Clinical Research Fellowship) in the laboratories of Professor Tracy Hussell and Professor Rachel Lennon.


My research investigates how immune cells in tissue are maintained during health and the pathways that lead to resolution after inflammation. A specific focus of my research is paediatric uveitis, a chronic sight-threatening eye disease affecting a third of children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which is difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat.


My current research in paediatric uveitis is funded by grants from NIHR CRN Children/Versus Arthritis Paediatric Clinical Studies Group and FAIR UK.


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, PhD, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2021

Master of Research, Medical Sciences (Distinction)

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

MRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Bachelor of Science, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MBChB, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011


  • immunology
  • inflammation
  • rheumatology
  • arthritis
  • children


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