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Academic & Teaching

Giuseppina Abignano, Visiting Rheumatologist

Systemic Sclerosis is an autoimmune fibrotic condition currently orphan of validated outcome measures and effective therapies. Many pathogenetic aspects remain still unknown.
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Gururaj Arumugakani, Research Fellow


I am a Clinical Immunology trainee undertaking a research project studying the role of B-lineage cells in RA pathogenesis.
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Andrew Barr, Honorary Senior Lecturer

0113 392 4492

I have completed a PhD, with an ARUK clinical research fellowship, investigating the role of subchondral bone in osteoarthritis at LIRMM. My research continues in a postdoctoral role.
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Euan W Baxter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

0113 343 8336

A highly experienced postdoc with interests in chromatin and the regulation of gene expression as well as skills in cell and molecular biology.
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Maya Buch PhD FRCP, Professor of Rheumatology Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Section Head, Clinical Musculoskeletal Medicine, LIRMM

+44 113 3924883

Clinical and translational research in rheumatoid arthritis: biologic drug mechanism and response prediction and associated cardiovascular (CV) pathology. Scleroderma and CV manifestations.
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Carole Burnett, Visiting Fellow, Lead Research Radiographer, Leeds Teaching Hospital

Visiting Fellow, Lead Research Radiographer, Leeds Teaching Hospital
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Agata N Burska, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Working in the biomarker research program focusing in the early molecular and cellular event characterising the progression from health towards RA as well as prediction of therapy outcome.
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Sarah Churchman, Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My research interests include the molecular biology of musculoskeletal diseases, most recently focusing on the molecular profiles of rare uncultured multipotential mesenchymal stromal cells for use in
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Philip Conaghan, Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine, Director, Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine. Section Head, Musculoskeletal Medicine & Imaging.

0113 392 4492

Director, LIRMM. Section Head, Musculoskeletal Medicine & Imaging. Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist for LTHT; Deputy Director of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre
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Francesco Del Galdo, Associate Professor, Head of Scleroderma Programme

0113 3924879

The Scleroderma Programme in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine is a patient oriented multidisciplinary research programme established in 2009 by Dr Del Galdo.
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Jehan Jomaa El-Said El-Jawhari, Research Assistant

+44 7447408088

My current research projects are related to how immune cells, particularly NK cells, are involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Yasser Mohamed El-Sherbiny, Research Fellow

0113 343 8413

My research focus is immune system alterations during autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, B cell immunology therapy response prediction.
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Paul Emery, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, Section Head, Inflammatory Arthritis, Director of the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre

0113 392 4884

Arthritis Research UK Prof of Rheumatology. Section Head, Inflammatory Arthritis, Director of the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
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Jane Freeston, Arthritis Research UK Clinician Scientist, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

Awarded Arthritis Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship for research into early inflammatory arthritis using modern imaging modalities such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging
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Peter V Giannoudis, Professor and Chairman within Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery/ Honorary Orthopaedic and Trauma Consultant

44 113 3922750

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Mike Horton, Research Assistant, Director of the Psychometric Laboratory for Health Sciences

0113 392 2673

Support and assist various projects utilising Rasch Analysis and modern psychometric techniques.
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Elena Jones, Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology, LIRMM Lead PGR Tutor

0113 206 5647

My research interests are focused on the study of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in health and disease and their use in Regenerative Medicine.
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Sarah Kingsbury, Osteoarthritis Strategic Project Lead

0113 392 4878

Sarah joined LIRMM in 2009. Her current work includes two Arthritis Research UK funded clinical trials, HERO and PROMOTE, and two LTHT-funded orthopaedic clinical studies.
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Sarah Mackie, Associate Clinical Professor in Vascular Rheumatology, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

0113 343 8336

Associate Clinical Professor in Vascular Rheumatology, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist
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Michael McDermott, Professor of Experimental Rheumatology

0113 343 8641

I am a group leader in Experimental Rheumatology. My group studies molecular mechanisms of responses to biologics and the unfolded protein response (UPR) in the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Ann Morgan, Professor of Molecular Rheumatology and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist. Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine

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Lylia Ouboussad, Post-doctoral Research fellow

0113 343 8527

Academic scientist in Clinical Rheumatology and Experimental Rheumatology, investigating epigenetics, particularly microRNAs expression profiles in serum samples from clinical RA cohorts.
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Rory O’Connor, Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine Head of the Section of Rehabilitation Medicine, Institute Co-Director for Student Education

0113 392 2615

Professor O’Connor leads the rehabilitation research programme within the University of Leeds
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Hemant Pandit, Deputy Director, Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Institute Director of Research & Innovation

01133924895 / 24883

Hemant has pursued a career in translational research in Orthopaedics and has previously worked in Oxford for the last 16 years and is particularly interested in hip and knee arthroplasty
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Frederique Ponchel, Associate Professor, Head of group: Translational Research in Immune Mediated Inflammatory Diseases

0113 206 5642

The research interests of this group are centered around the molecular and cellular events that trigger the development of immune mediated inflammatory disease (IMID).
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Anthony Redmond, Professor of Clinical Biomechanics and Head of the Section of Clinical Biomechanics and Physical Medicine

0113 392 4914

Prof Redmond’s research focuses on the interaction between mechanics and biology in a range of musculoskeletal conditions,encompassing interventions studies,disease pathways and related enabling tech.
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James Ian Robinson, Senior Research Fellow, Group Leader - Fc Receptor Biology

0113 343 8420

BSc University of Essex; MSc University of Kent; PhD University of Leeds.
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Laura Jane Savage, Honorary Specialist Registrar (ST6) in Dermatology

0113 392 4961

Dr Laura Savage is a Dermatology trainee (ST6) within the Yorkshire Deanery.
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Heidi Siddle, Associate Professor and NIHR Clinical Lecturer

0113 392 4923

I am a clinical academic and lead for the FASTER group. My research focuses on persistent foot and ankle disease in inflammatory arthritis and the use of ultrasound imaging to assess disease activity.
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Ai Lyn Tan, Associate Professor, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist LIRMM Postgraduate Research Tutor

Main research interests: High resolution imaging: MRI and ultrasound. Osteoarthritis. Early inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. Muscle conditions in rheumatic diseases
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Edward Marc Vital, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

0113 3924964

I lead a lupus research group with interests in early disease, skin disease, musculoskeletal outcome measures, translational immunology and B cell therapies
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Richard Wakefield, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, Institute Co-Director for Student Education

0113 392 4849

I am a clinical academic in rheumatology. My main research interest relates to the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the field of inflammatory arthritis.
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Miriam Wittmann, Associate Professor in Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Member of NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit: Dermatology Clinics and Associate Director (Clinical): Centre for Skin Sciences, Bradford University.
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