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Professor Paul Bacon

Published on 23 January 2018

We're deeply saddened to hear the news that Professor Paul Bacon passed away on Friday 12 January 2018.

Professor Bacon was a long-standing supporter of the charity and he provided excellent service as chair of our fellowship implementation committee from 2009 until 2012. At the time, this was our largest committee of 32 standing members drawn upon to select and interview applicants for our career support schemes. Professor Bacon guided this committee skilfully and always mindfully both to what the potential projects could contribute for the needs of people with arthritis, and to the training of the next generation of arthritis researchers.

Professor Bacon was the founding-holder of the charity’s endowed professorship at the University of Birmingham, establishing a large academic rheumatology department for Britain’s second city, particularly encouraging clinicians to undertake PhDs with scientists. This training ground for clinical research produced 16 current Professors, who, along with many others in the rheumatology community, will be paying tribute to him in the coming months. 

Our thoughts are with his wife Jean and family at this difficult time.

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