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I completed my undergraduate medical training at the University of Birmingham Medical School. My pre-registration and general medical training were undertaken in the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. I trained in rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London; Guys Hospital, London and the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. My name was placed on the specialist register for rheumatology in 1986. I trained in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I joined the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in 1989. I was promoted to the Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology in 2001.

Research interests

My main research interest is in the epidemiology of inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions – in particular, risk factors for the development and outcome of rheumatoid arthritis. I am a Principal Investigator for the Norfolk Arthritis Register and the BSR Biologics Register. I have a major interest in drug safety and pharmacoepidemiology.   I was the Director of the  NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal BRU until April 2014, and remain the Lead for the Prevention of Co-Morbidity Research theme. I was the Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology until August 2014 and remain involved in the Norfolk Arthritis Register and BSR Biologics Register-RA programmes.

My collaborations

  • Professor George Kitas – Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor Jill Belch – University of Dundee
  • Professor Alex MacGregor – University of East Anglia

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  • British Society for Rheumatology (Distinguished member)
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • EULAR Honorary Member


  • MB ChB (Birm) 1977
  • MD (Birm) 1987
  • FRCP 1994
  • FFPH 2006 

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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