OMERACT 2014, Budapest

The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) was held in the Hilton Budapest in May this year. OMERACT is an independent initiative of international health professionals interested in outcome measures in rheumatology who integrate patients at each stage of the process. Over the last 20 years, OMERACT has served a critical role in the development and validation of clinical and radiographic outcome measures in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other rheumatic diseases. There was a strong Welsh contingency at the conference which was attended by Professor Ernest Choy, Dr Ann Taylor, Patient Partner, Mary Cowern and Research Fellow, Roxanne Cooksey. 

For more information about OMERACT, please visit their website:

Date added: 15th June

WARN Conference 2014

The WARN 2014 Conference was held in Mid-Wales on 22 May 2014 at the Metropole Hotel in Llandridnod Wells, Powys. We were pleased to have a high level of attendance from service users, clinicians, researchers and talks were given by Professor Choy, WARN Network and Inflammatory Arthritis Lead, Dr Andrew Lemmey lead of the Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders with Exercise Sciences, Dr Ben Hickey, Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar, Dr Fazal Sheikh, Rheumatology Registrar, Dr Narenda Kumar Rath, Specialist Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedics and Dr Syed Farhan Bari, Specialist Rheumatology Registrar. The Conference was chaired by a WARN patient partner,  Mrs Arianna Morgans who did an excellent job. We would like to thank all who attended the Conference and details of the 2015 Conference will be available on the website when details are finalised.

Date added: 2nd June 2014

Specialist Registrar Development Programme

The WARN Specialist Registrar Development Programme saw four successful applicants awarded with a WARN research grant. WARN received many research applications of a high standard which were reviewed by the Strategic Board. Applications who received the highest scores were awarded with the research grants. We would like to congratulate the successful applicants (please see below) who will be presenting their findings at the WARN 2014 Annual Conference. For further information, please see the WARN Events page. 

1.  Dr Ben Hickey, Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar

'Can objective measurement of seating position predict outcome following sacroiliac joint injection and fusion?'


2.  Dr Fazal Sheikh, Rheumatology Registrar

'Does rheumatoid cachaxia still exist in this era of aggressive early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?’


3.  Mr Narendra Kumar Rath, Specialist Registrar Trauma and Orthopaedics

'The anatomical effects of rotation on atlantoaxial joint and lumbar spine: A pilot MRI study.'


4.  Syed Farhan Bari, Specialist Registrar Rheumatology

‘Imaging neural correlates of fatigue and pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors.’

Date added: 1st December 2013

WARN - Call for new project and  proposals information

The Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN) compiles regular reports to NISCHR which explores the activity of Welsh-led Musculoskeletal and Arthritis Research. In order to support the activities of Welsh Arthritis research, we ask that the RDG's and their researchers complete short project forms which summarise any new WARN associated research projects underway and also project proposal forms for submitted grant proposals. You can also input the information into the relevant section on the 'contact us' page of this website which will send the information directly to us.

Date added: 15th May 2013








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