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We're thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Ai Lyn Tan as the next Rheumatology Advances in Practice Editor-in-Chief. Ai Lyn takes over from Prof Richard Watts in June 2020.


Ai Lyn is an Associate Professor at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) at the University of Leeds, and an Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds and the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre.


She says: "As an academic rheumatologist, my main research interests include using high resolution imaging techniques such as MRI and ultrasound to improve the understanding of the pathogenesis of early inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis and muscle conditions.


"I manage the Early Arthritis Clinic, and appreciate how research can enhance patient care. I'm also a Lead for Postgraduate Research Studies at LIRMM, and on the LIRMM Athena SWAN Self- Assessment Team that contributed to the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds being the first medical school in England to be awarded Gold in the Athena SWAN Charter.


"When I’m not looking for answers into joints and muscles, I run. A lot! I’ve completed a few marathons, and am also an avid parkrunner; I thrive on the efficiency of run-commuting to work. I'm an active member of the medical community on Twitter – a great resource for keeping up-to-date with the latest information, networking, and the perfect platform for me to share knowledge and promote physical activity to inspire people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.


"I'm passionate about volunteering and have regularly volunteered in major international sporting events and at my local parkrun. I also volunteer as parkrun UK’s social media ambassador, a fulfilling role as I get to share in the achievements of so many inspirational parkrunners."


You can catch up with Ai Lyn on Twitter: @DrAiLynTan