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Steering group

Our steering group encompasses a range of expertise and knowledge around inflammatory arthritis. Our task is to keep abreast of the current international research agenda in inflammatory arthritis, ‘horizon scan’, talk to our constituency (rheumatologists, AHPs, patients and carers), and to be receptive to ideas and suggestions.


Professor John Isaacs (Chairman)
Professor of Clinical Rheumatology, Newcastle University 

Dr Kimme Hyrich
(vice chair)
Professor of Epidemiology, Manchester University

Dr Maya Buch

NIHR Clinician Scientist, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Leeds University

Dr Heidi Siddle
Specialist Rheumatology Podiatrist and Senior Research Fellow, Leeds University

Dr Nick Viner
Consultant Rheumatologist, Torbay Hospital

Dr Samantha Hider
Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Keele University

Professor Peter Taylor
Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Oxford University (ARUK EATC representative)

Professor Adam Young
Consultant Rheumatologist, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Meghna Jani
MRC Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics/ Specialty Trainee Rheumatology, University of Manchester

Mrs Di Skingle
NRAS Trustee (Patient representative)

An overall priority is to ensure that our constituents sense ownership of the end research: networks only work where there is collaboration and co-operation from the key players.

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