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Programme and Speakers

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We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the Annual Conference 2019! The full programme will be available to view here shortly.

Prof Andrew Morris, CBE MSc MD FRCP (Edin, Glas) FRSE FMedSci – Jewels in the Crown

Professor of Medicine

Director of Health Data Research UK

Vice Principal, Data Science

University of Edinburgh

Since August 2017 Prof Andrew Morris has been the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK, the multi-funder UK Institute for health and biomedical informatics research. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014.  Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee. 

Andrew was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honour’s List.

Prof Ernest Choy, MD, FRCP – Heberden Round

Professor Ernest Choy is Head of Rheumatology and Translational Research at the Institute of Infection and Immunity and Director of the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospital of Wales and Clinical Lead of the Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN). Previously, he was Reader and Director of the King’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Unit in the Academic Department of Rheumatology, King’s College London. His major research interest is the treatment of rheumatic diseases focusing on the efficacy of new treatment strategies. He was Director of Research and Development at King's College Hospital between 2003-2008.

Prof Ian Bruce - Heberden Oration

Professor of Rheumatology and an NIHR Senior Investigator at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences. 

Prof Ian Bruce was qualified in Medicine from Queen's University Belfast in 1988 and gained my MRCP in 1991. His clinical training in medicine and rheumatology was in Northern Ireland and he completed my MD Thesis on the pathogenesis of systemic vasculitis in 1995. From 1996-1998 he was the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellow at the University of Toronto ( Profs M Urowtiz and D Gladman). He was appointed Professor of Rheumatology in August 2010 and an NIHR Senior Investigator in April 2013. 

Prof Sarah Ryan - Droitwich Lecture

Professor Rheumatology Nursing

Sarah was recently appointed as a Professor of Rheumatology Nursing. This is an innovative post funded by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Haywood Foundation, a local charity to improve the lives of people with arthritis.Sarah has developed education courses for nurses and allied health professionals. Research interests have focused on the psycho-social impact of RA whilst clinical activities have included the development of a nurse-led chronic musculoskeletal pain service. Sarah is editor of Musculoskeletal Care and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for her contribution to rheumatology nursing.

Prof Michael Beresford – Barbara Ansell Address

Brough Chair, Professor of Child Health, University of Liverpool

Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Professor Beresford is Brough Chair, Professor of Child Health, University of Liverpool.

He is NIHR CRN Specialty Cluster Lead responsible for five National Specialties including Children and Musculoskeletal, and Stratified/Personalized Medicine.

He directs the UK’s only ‘Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children,’ the ‘NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility’, leads an internationally-renowned Childhood Lupus translational research programme, and led development of six sets of European-wide ‘SHARE” recommendations.

He chaired the UK Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Study Group from its inception for nine years, developing a UK-wide portfolio of clinical studies in paediatric rheumatology, and is Executive Council member of PRES.



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