Professor Alan Silman

Medical Director since January 2007

Alan SilmanAlan is responsible for providing the strategic direction and leadership to our research and education activities.  He has been involved in medical research in the musculoskeletal field for the past 30 years. Prior to joining Arthritis Research UK he was the Director of the arc’s Epidemiology Unit (1988-2006).  Professor Silman was until the end of 2011 a consultant rheumatologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. 

Some of his milestones include leading the Epidemiology Unit to its award as the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Centre of Excellence in 2006; he was Heberden Orator in 2004; and received an Honorary Doctorate from UEA 2009.  He is the UK editor of the main leading international textbook in rheumatology.  He is a distinguished speaker both in the UK and overseas.  His external responsibilities have included membership of the MHRA Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group, Chairman of the Assessment Panels of UK Universities Research Assessment Exercise (2002-2008) and Chairman Ministry of Defence panel of research into the health of servicemen and women.