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Biography

I qualified in Medicine (MB BCh BAO) from Dublin University in 1984. After completing general medical training in Dublin, I worked for a year as registrar in rheumatology in Bath. Following this I was appointed as clinical research fellow at the arc epidemiology research unit in Manchester. After completing an MD I completed a further two years training as specialist registrar in rheumatology on the north west rotation before being appointed as a consultant rheumatologist. I was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester in 1997, Reader in 2007 and Professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology in 2011.

Research interests

My research has focused on characterising the epidemiology of osteoporosis and the major osteoporotic fractures in men and women, and more recently the occurrence and predictors of musculoskeletal frailty.  As a member of the ‘Research in Osteoarthritis Manchester (ROAM)’ team I have been involved in the design and conduct of clinical trials of therapies for osteoarthritis.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Clinical and Scientific Committee - National Osteoporosis Society

Member of Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Group on Osteoarthritis and Crystal Diseases

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced Materials in Medicine
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

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