Professor Ann Morgan

Professor of Molecular Rheumatology and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist. Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine

Location: Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St. James's Unive

Teaching Commitments: MD and PhD supervisor Academic and Educational Supervisor


Professor Ann Morgan graduated from the University of Leeds with first class honours in Pathology and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours, having achieved distinctions in Biochemistry and Surgery and the William MacAdam Prize in Medicine and The McGill Prize in Surgery. After obtaining my MRCP, I chose a career in rheumatology and subsequently undertook a PhD entitled “Fc Receptor Polymorphisms and Rheumatoid Arthritis” at the University of Leeds, supervised by Professor John Isaacs and Professor Sir Alex Markham . This was supported by an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship and I was awarded a Young Investigator of the Year by both the British Society of Rheumatology and British Society of Immunology for work undertaken during my PhD. Following my PhD I continued my research studying FcR biology during my Arthritis Research UK/ Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist Fellowship. The award of an HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship allowed me to continue my work on the FcRs, whilst developing new academic interests in genetic and soluble biomarkers of rheumatoid arthritis treatment and disease outcomes. My work on the genetics of rheumatoid arthritis is recognised internationally and I currently sit on a number of national Scientific Steering Committees in this field and am on the Editorial Board for Rheumatology. In 2012, I was elected to lead a national rheumatoid arthritis project on behalf of Arthritis Research UK (INBANK), for whom I am also a member of their Biomedical Sciences Fellowships Committee.

As a clinician, my main interests are in vasculitis and rare autoimmune diseases, where I lead the regional Behçets service, regional combined ophthalmology and rheumatology immunosuppression service. I have an expanding clinical and scientific interest in large vessel vasculitis, particularly giant cell arteritis, where I am the Chair of the UK GCA Consortium and leading an expanding research programme in vascular biology. At the local level I am a deputy UoA1 lead for Clinical Medicine and Athena Swan lead for the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine.

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