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Paediatric rheumatology CSG

As of the 1st of April 2014, the ‘Medicines for Children Research Network’ (MCRN) has been renamed the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Children (NIHR CRN: Children).

The paediatric rheumatology CSG is chaired by Professor Athimalaipet Ramanan. The deputy for the CSG is Dr Clare Pain.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Children (NIHR CRN: Children) and Arthritis Research UK in partnership have established the “NIHR CRN: Children/Arthritis Research UK Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Studies Group”, within the existing structures of the NIHR CRN: Children and Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs).

This partnership of expertise offers a major opportunity to developing a comprehensive and long lasting research programme for paediatric rheumatology in the UK.


“All children and young people in the UK with a rheumatological condition may be given the opportunity to be enrolled in a clinical trial or well conducted clinical study from point of diagnosis onwards, and in so doing improve the care and outcome of them and patients with similar conditions in the future; and to have the option of contributing towards a related, fully informed and consented Biobank (e.g. DNA and Serum) for subsequent investigation into the cause of their condition.”

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