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Rare Disease Fellowship

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BSR Rare Disease Fellowship, 12 – 15 March 2018


This new fellowship is a unique opportunity for you to experience hands-on clinical practice from leading experts in the management of scleroderma at three nationally-recognised specialised centres. 

President: Dr Peter Lanyon
Dr Peter Lanyon, President

"This new initiative is linked to our strategic aims of providing education that supports our members to deliver the best clinical outcomes, and our membership of the Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Alliance (RAIRDA). This is a tremendous opportunity to acquire concentrated hands-on skills. I would strongly encourage anyone wishing to improve or develop their services for people living with scleroderma, to apply."


We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Rare Disease Fellowship 2018 are:

  • Dr John Stack – Consultant rheumatologist 
  • Dr John McLaren – Consultant rheumatologist
  • Dr Fiona Pearce – Specialist trainee in rheumatology (ST5/6)
  • Dr Jeremy Royle – ST4 rheumatology and general internal medicine
  • Dr Stuart Carter – Consultant rheumatologist 
  • Dr Fang En Sin – Specialist trainee (ST6) in rheumatology and general internal medicine
  • Dr Mark Leith – ST6 rheumatology trainee – NIMDTA

The winners will be visiting 3 hospitals over a 4 day programme. They will be given the opportunity to acquire concentrated hands-on skills in order to develop and improve their services for people living with scleroderma. 

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this fellowship you will have increased your knowledge and skills in:

  • Undertaking comprehensive clinical assessment (including Modified Rodnan scores and practical use of microvascular diagnostics)
  • Devising treatment plans based on holistic assessment including the role of a specialist multidisciplinary team
  • Assessing and managing cardiac, respiratory, renal, skin and gastrointestinal involvement and severe digital vascular disease
  • Knowing when and how to use high cost drugs
  • Understanding the treatment options for severe progressive disease including the use of Autologous Stem Cell transplantation 



CPD credits

Our CPD is approved by The Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Up to 21 CPD credits will be available for attendees.


12 – 15 March 2018  

*with an optional ½ day on 16 March to attend a scleroderma clinic.

Venue and hosts:

  • Royal Free Hospital, London

    Prof Chris Denton

  • Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield 
    Dr Mohammed Akil

  • Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester
    Dr Ariane Herrick

Applications have closed.