Lianne Kearsley-Fleet

Lianne Kearsley-Fleet, BSc(Hons) MSc PhD FHEA


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I am an epidemiologist and research fellow at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. My research has involved investigating the effectiveness of biologic and JAK inhibitor therapy in adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Rheumatoid Arthritis (BSRBR-RA), and children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) using the UK JIA Biologics Register (including BCRD, and BSPAR-ETN).

I have a particular interest in outcome in children, young people, and adults with JIA. In 2023, I succesfully secured a £750'000 Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship: "Planning for a future without fear: Epidemiological investigations of long-term health-related outcomes in adults with JIA". 



I completed my BSc(Hons) in BioVeterinary Science at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2009. Following 15 months as a laboratory assistant for Pfizer Animal Health, I returned to the University of London and completed a MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2011. I worked as a research assistant in the Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health Group at the Royal Veterinary College before moving to the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at The University of Manchester as a research assistant in 2012. After seven years in this role, I completed my PhD by Publication in 2019 titled "Real-world effectiveness of biologic therapies in children and adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in the United Kingdom", and was promoted to research associate. In 2023, I was promoted to research fellow and succesfully secured a £750'000 Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship: "Planning for a future without fear: Epidemiological investigations of long-term health-related outcomes in adults with JIA". 


  • PhD in Epidemiology (2019) - The University of Manchester. 
  • MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology (2011) - Joint course: Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
  • BSc(Hons) in BioVeterinary Science (2009) - Royal Veterinary College, University of London.


  • Fellow of Advanced Higher Education (FHEA)
  • Lecturer: Masters for Experimental Medicine, Masters for Clinical Rheumatology, Centre for Epidemiology "Introduction to Epidemiology" course.
  • Course programme lead: Centre for Epidemiology "Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics" course. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Member of Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR). 
  • Member of EULAR-EMEUNET, a network of early-career rheumatology researchers across Europe. Specifically, co-lead for the social media sub-committee; 2019 to 2023.
  • Member of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) - 2019 to 2020.  

Social responsibility

  • Volunteer for local career fairs at primary schools as an epidemiologist.
  • Volunteered to present a lighting talk for the School of Biological Sciences annual event 2019.
  • Contributed to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) magazine with a lay summary of a recent scientific publication to disseminate the reuslts of my research to the public. 
  • Administrator for the adult and paediatric biologic registers Twitter feed, promoting research and networking with other researchers and organisations.
  • Created a YouTube video that explined by research from the paediatric biologic registers.
  • Create infographics and write lay summaries for dissemination to the public.

Prizes and awards

Activities and esteem


Invited speaker:

  • EULAR 2023 (Milan): Is sustained remission achievable in RA and JIA?
  • PReS 2022 (Prague): Biologic switching for the treatment of JIA.

My first-author work has been presented as oral and poster presentations at national and internation conferences, including: 

  • American College of Rheumatology (ACR): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018.
  • British Society for Rheumatology - Paediatric and Adolescent (was BSPAR), including research days: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023. 
  • British Society for Rheumatology (BSR): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2023.
  • Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT): 2013.
  • European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR): 2013, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023.
  • Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS), including young investigators meeting: 2014, 2019, 2021, 2023.

 I have also chaired an oral abstract session at EULAR (Madrid 2019). 

Media contributions and coverage

June 2019: Interviewed regarding my research for EULAR TV as a research highlight at EULAR/PReS 2019, Madrid. 

My publications have been highlighted by various news sources including MedPage Today, Medscape, Healio Rheumatology and Rheumatology News.

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


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