Special interest groups

The BSR special interest groups provide a valuable resource to our members, giving a unique and unparalleled insight into their specialisms.  Each group is run individually by convenors who manage and organise meetings, information and proposals on behalf of the groups.  Each year, BSR invites the Special interest groups to submit proposals for sessions which run alongside the annual Rheumatology conference. 


Below is a list of the Special interest groups which are currently active.

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) SIG
arc/BSR education
BHPR osteoporosis SIG
BHPR RA SIG
Cardiovascular comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis
Foot and ankle
Genetics of rheumatic disease
Heritable disorders of connective tissue
Information technology
Interstitial lung disease 
M-S health of the ethnic minority
Musculoskeletal pain
Musculosketal ultrasound
Myositis
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell atreritis
Psychosocial research in arthritis
RA outcomes
Scleroderma
Sjogren's syndrome
Soft tissue rheumatism and sports medicine
Spondyloarthritis
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Vasculitis


If you are interested in forming a new group or need to update the details of a group, please contact ARivett@rheumatology.org.uk

  


  

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) SIG

This group aims to facilitate working between paediatric and adult rheumatology, promote best practice and research opportunities and share expertise. Recent focus has been on the changing role of adult and paediatric rheumatologists in the care of young people, drivers and barriers for change and consumer involvement. It is recognised that most adult rheumatologists will care for adults with paediatric onset disease which may have a different burden of disease compared to adult-onset rheumatological disorders. The group addresses barriers to improving adolescent and young adult care including training issues, exposure to good models of adolescent care across the UK and lack of incentive for Trusts to improve care for this group across all specialities. The group aims to update attendees on relevant research projects and promote opportunities for clinical-academic working. The group has been proactive in developing an AYA SIG webpage on the BSR website to signpost members to appropriate training and resources to develop adolescent and young adult services. In the future, the group will aim to ensure appropriate skills and competencies for training, inform manpower planning, facilitate development of networks and shared care as well as engaging young people in their care, service provision and research. The group welcomes new members.

For further information and to contact the Adolescent and Young Adult SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

arc/BSR Education

To contact the arc/BSR Education SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

BHPR Osteoporosis SIG

The Osteoporosis Special Interest Group aims to provide a regular update for general rheumatologists on topical issues in osteoporosis. In addition we highlight the importance of osteoporosis to the BSR and make sure this important specialist area maintains a high profile at the annual conference.

For further information and to contact the BHPR Osteoporosis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

BHPR RA SIG

This group meets at the annual conference and comprises a session of topics related to rheumatoid arthritis of interest to allied health professionals.  Speakers are invited to present on topics of interest and questions and discussion follow. 

For further information and to contact the BHPR RA SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Cardiovascular comorbidity in Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Cardiovascular disease is one of the main comorbidities and a principal cause of mortality in rheumatoid arthritis.  The causes for this are still not clear, but classical CVD risk factors, systemic inflammation and other factors peculiar to RA (e.g. genes and therapies) all appear to play an important role.  Pharmacological and lifestyle interventions for control of these risk factors are of importance.  The group will exchange information on current research and practice work streams, facilitate the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborating small or large networks to help provide answers to specific research questions, develop, implement and evaluate relevant guidelines and practice changes to the benefit of patients with RA.

For further information and to contact the Cardiovascular comorbidity in Rheumatoid Arthritis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Foot and Ankle

There is a growing body of knowledge in this previously poorly understood area of practice and it is attracting rising interest. The BSR Foot and Ankle course is perennially over subscribed and the growing evidence base has enabled foot-related recommendations to be included in the NICE clinical guidelines for OA and RA, and ARMA standards of care. The Foot and Ankle SIG in rheumatology attracts a diverse range of disciplines including  medical practitioners and researchers in different fields (e.g. rheumatology, orthopaedics); allied health professionals (podiatrists, physiotherapists, OTs, orthotists); bioengineers; epidemiologists and others.
The objectives of the SIG:

1. To convene an annual meeting of the group and interested parties
2. To identify areas of common concern and to devise strategies for their solution
3. To provide opportunities for the development of collaborative research projects
4. To provide a forum for discussion of ongoing work, work in evolution or the development of new ideas
5. To provide an informal support network for new or established researchers in the field
6. To provide a forum for developing consensus-based statements or standards

For further information and to contact the Foot and Ankle SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Genetics of Rheumatic Disease

This group includes members with an interest in the genetics of common musculoskeletal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. However, researchers into the genetics of less common diseases, such as systemic sclerosis and myositis, are also welcome. The aim of the SIG is to update BSR members on advances in the field of genetics and how this might impact in the future on management of patients in the clinical setting.

For further information and to contact the Genetics of Rheumatic Disease SIG click here (members only content).

  


 

Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue

This SIG covers all hypermobility-related connective tissues disorders including the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and welcomes participation of all those interested in clinical genetics, chronic pain, associated GI and dysautonomic manifestations as well as rehabilitation and pain management. We aim to hold meetings in association with all BSR and ACR annual meetings.

For further information and to contact the Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Information Technology

This group chats and shares examples of good IT practice and promotes good IT governance.

For further information and to contact the Information Technology SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Interstitial Lung disease

This SIG represents a large mixed group of trainees as well as established Consultants in both Rheumatology and Respiratory medicine with a mutual interest in diseases of the lungs occurring in patients with rheumatic disorders. In addition to annual SIG meetings at the BSR, they have established a national network of clinicians interested in clinical research and are in the process of developing two distinct areas. Firstly, they have a national database for patients with RA and ILD which we hope to present data from in April. Secondly they are keen to set up a working group to explore the issues of acute and chronic pulmonary  infection in patients with RA.  They are keen to attract any interested clinician to join them and help the development of these and related initiatives, with the intention of undertaking properly funded clinical research studies under the umbrella of the CLRN.

For further information and to contact the Interstitial Lung disease SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

M-S health of the Ethnic Minority

This group consists of people who are intertested in the musculo skeletal health from multiethnic minorities and the group meets once a year at the BSR Conference.It is used as a forum for research and networking amongst members with common interest in the health condition of the wider population from multi ethnic minority.
The interested people are free to join the meeting at the BSR and also take part in any research related to this population at large.

For further information and to contact the M-S health of the Ethnic Minority SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Musculoskeletal Pain

MSK pain challenges healthcare professionals and systems. This SIG is a forum for clinicians who wish to improve treatment and services for patients with chronic MSK pain. Research, audit and open discussion are the tools available to stimulate action.

For further information and to contact the M-S health of the Ethnic Minority SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The Ultrasound (US) SIG formed with a view to increasing awareness of the benefits of Ultrasonography in Rheumatology practice. This dynamic group has grown over time, supporting the development and improvement of BSR ultrasound courses.

We meet annually at the BSR meeting, but have lots of informal contact through the year sharing ideas around training needs and ways to increase appropriate use in practice. Over the last few years we have included train the trainer sessions with SIG meetings to ensure exposure to new techniques. We have strong links with the EULAR ultrasound group. 

Our objectives are:
1) Supporting the use of US in Rheumatology
2) Raising  awareness of the benefits of  US in day to day practice, with a view to introducing key elements of US practice into the training curriculum
3) Coordinating educational programmes for  US, developing standardised training programmes and learning outcomes
4) Use the SIG as conduit for collaborative research
5) Developing  local centres of excellence, and specialist skills (within SIG)

For further information and to contact the Musculoskeltal Ultrasound SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Myositis

The UK Myonet is an open group of physicians, scientists and others interested in the advancement of our understanding of the pathology and management of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. The group is multidisciplinary including paediatricians, respiratory physicians, dermatologists and neurologists in addition to rheumatologists. We meet twice a year to present recent research advances, plan future research projects and discuss clinical cases/issues. We have links with the European myositis research group EUMYONET and the international group IMACs and collaborate with them on various research projects. This group represents a great opportunity to be kept up to date with advances in myositis as they occur and get involved in research in the area.

For further information and to contact the M-S health of the Ethnic Minority SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Osteoarthritis

To contact the osteoarthritis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Osteoporosis

The Osteoporosis Special Interest Group aims to provide a regular update for general rheumatologists on topical issues in osteoporosis. In addition we highlight the importance of osteoporosis to the BSR and make sure this important specialist area maintains a high profile at the annual conference.

For further information and to contact the osteoarthritis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Atreritis


For further information and to contact the Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Atreritis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Psychosocial research in arthritis

 


 

RA Outcomes

For further information and to contact the RA Outcomes SIG click here (members only content).

  


 

Scleroderma

 This SIG focuses on practical clinical and research aspects of scleroderma and related disorders including Raynaud’s phenomenon.  It provides a forum for discussion and informal presentation of clinical trials and has close links with the UK Systemic Sclerosis Study Group (UKSSG) a network of centres in the UK with interest in clinical research and care of scleroderma.  Rheumatologist or AHPs with interest in scleroderma are welcomed and meetings promote dialogue, discussion and networking.  Meetings are held at the BSR Rheumatology annual conference.  The scleroderma SIG provides a platform for discussion of collaborative scleroderma research that may, for example, lead to applications to the Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Group (CSG) for autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

For further information and to contact the Scleroderma SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Sjogren's Syndrome

 The Sjogren’s SIG aims to educate clinicians on the presentation & diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome; its oral, ocular and systemic manifestations and optimal clinical management. The SIG will update clinicians on advances in diagnosis and treatment and promote and co-ordinate collaborative research into Sjogren’s syndrome.

For further information and to contact the Sjogren's Syndrome SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Soft Tissue Rheumatism and Sports Medicine

 To contact the Soft Tissue Rheumatism and Sports Medicine SIG click here (members only content).

 

 


 

Spondyloarthritis

This group covers issues relating to the spondyloarthritides, including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. This SIG aims to keep all members up to date with a broad range of topics including aspects of clinical management, research, guidelines and nationally important matters such as NICE guidelines. The group meet once a year at the BSR but does also aim to keep all members updated via email during the rest of the year. The field of spondyloarthritis is evolving rapidly, and members will find this SIG an invaluable way of keeping up to date.

To contact the Spondyloarthritis SIG click here (members only content).

 


 

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

 To contact the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SIG click here (members only content).

 

 



Vasculitis

 We are a cross-specialty group focussing on the systemic vasculitides and related diseases.  We want to promote knowledge of and participation in studies of these uncommon and potentially life threatening conditions. We will review current and future planned studies and present evidence of our work in progress.  We seek active audience participation in the meetings as well as looking for centres to partner with us in many of our projects, which by their nature, usually require multi-centre involvement.  We want you to join us so that you can get involved in our activities at all levels, from just learning about vasculitis and what we do, to providing feedback on our presentations, through active discussion, and perhaps to take part in some of our projects as collaborative ventures.

For further information and to contact the Vasculitis SIG click here (members only content).


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