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- Professor of Rheumatology
- Div of Medicine
- Faculty of Medical Sciences
I qualified from Oxford in 1988 and trained in rheumatology in London. I obtained my PhD for research into the molecular properties of autoantibodies that cause tissue damage in systemic lupus erythematosus and the antiphospholipid syndrome and began to build up my own research group in 2000 when I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at University College London. I was awarded the Michael Mason Prize for this research by the British Society of Rheumatology in 2004. I was promoted to a personal chair in rheumatology in 2008.
As well as continuing my basic science research I have developed clinical research programmes in autoimmune rheumatic disease and chronic pain. As a member of both the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group and the Systemic Lupus International Collaborative Clinics I am involved in large multi-centre research projects in the field of lupus.
My interest in chronic pain stems from the fact that I run a weekly rheumatology chronic pain clinic at University College London Hospital. I have forged a successful collaboration with researchers in primary care at Barts and the London and together we are working on studies of beliefs and expectations about chronic pain in different ethnic groups. We are also carrying out NIHR-funded research into development of a self-management programme for people with chronic pain in the community
My research is based almost entirely in humans or human cells, is highly collaborative and designed to have clear relevance to patients in my clinics. There are four themes 1) Can we design a better treatment for patients with antiphospholipid syndrome based on understanding the critical antigen-antibody interactions in that disease? 2) Why do patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases have such a high risk of cardiovascular disease and what should we do to manage this risk? 3) How do antibodies cause kidney disease in lupus nephritis? 4) Why do patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain have poor clinical outcomes. What do they want from healthcare providers and how should we deliver these services?
I am the Lead Teacher for Rheumatology at UCH and run the course here. I also do two hours face-to-face teaching and two teaching clinics a week. In addition, I run a first year SSC with Ian Giles and lecture on several courses at UCL. I also do outreach sessions for schoolchildren on medical careers.
I have won a UCL Top Teacher award every year since 2004.
|2005||FRCP||Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians||Royal College of Physicians|
|1998||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||University College London|
|1991||MRCP||Member of the Royal College of Physicians||Royal College of Physicians|
|1988||MB.ChB||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery||University of Oxford|
|1985||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||University of Oxford|