Professor Ernest Choy, MD, FRCP (UK)


Professor Ernest Choy is Head of Rheumatology and Translational Research at the Institute of Infection and Immunity and Director of the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospital of Wales and Clinical Lead of the Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN). Previously, he was Reader and Director of the King’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Unit in the Academic Department of Rheumatology, King’s College London. His major research interest is the treatment of rheumatic diseases focusing on the efficacy of new treatment strategies. He was Director of Research and Development at King's College Hospital between 2003-2008.

Prof Choy is a member of the European League Against Rheumatism Committee Standing Committee for International Clinical Studies Including Therapeutic Trials. He chairs the EULAR Taskforce on developing recommendations for management and classification criteria for fibromyalgia. Prof Choy has served as expert advisor to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UKand many pharmaceutical companies. He has published widely on treatments for rheumatic diseases in major medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer on the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

Mark Atkinson

 Mark.Atkinson.jpgDr Mark Atkinson is a research analyst in the Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation (CHIRAL). He was involved in analysis and documentation of the Population-based Ankylosing Spondylitis (PAS) cohort. He is experienced in the analysis and linkage of routine health and administrative data in  the context of the SAIL databank. He is currently developing data linkage for the UK Biobank and will soon be working with the arthritis outcomes adjudication group.

  Dr Mohammad Al-Amri

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Mohammad is a Research Associate at Cardiff University. He obtained his PhD in Rehabilitation Engineering from the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at University of Surrey, which enabled him to develop the Surrey Virtual Rehabilitation System (SVRS) that is considered appropriate for gait rehabilitation protocols. As part of the SVRS he developed the Real-time Treadmill Speed Control Algorithm that makes augmented treadmill training feasible. He is currently interested in improving understanding and practice across the board in the application of movement analysis of patients with knee injuries. Throughout his experience in several biomedical engineering fields including Virtual Rehabilitation and Movement Analysis, he is therefore and as a member of a team of researchers evaluating of biomechanics strategies used by patients with knee injuries during functional tasks and implications for treatment in order to developing and testing whether the novel virtual reality based biomechanics can help to ameliorate the knee condition. Mohammad is aiming to translate the research into cost-effective real-world applications that benefit patients and clinical staff. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation. Reserach interests: Movement Analysis, Virtual Reality based Rehabilitation and physical exercises, and Virtual Gait Rehabilitation techniques.

Dr Sinead Brophy  

Sinead_Brophy_27-300-q80.jpgDr Sinead Brophy has worked in the field of Ankylosing Spondylitis and sponyloarthropathy for 14+ years and specialises in analysis of large datasets. She is a Reader in the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) which is one of five new UKCRC Centres of Public Health Research Excellence and a member of CIPHer and the MRC centre of excellence in eHealth which specialises in linking routine dataset and research data.  Specialist Subjects: Epidemiology of Chronic Disease.

Syed Bilgrami


I am currently working as Speciality Doctor in Rheumatology & GIM at Withybush General Hospital, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Our Rheumatology department consists of 2 consultants (Dr A Coulson & Dr J Barber), myself as a middle grade, 1 Rheumatology specialist nurse and 2 Rheumatology nurse assistants. We also have 1 OT and 1 Rheumatology Physiotherapist associated. I have completed General Practice training with MRCGP [INT] after core medical training with special interest in General Medicine & Rheumatology but later on my interest in Rheumatology was not fulfilled with that alone so I decided to continue my career in Rheumatology and currently working to be consultant Rheumatologist. I have been working in westWalessince 2010 and planning to undergo specialist training in Rheumatology inWalesin near future.  My research interest is particularly in RA along with Calcium & Vitamin D deficiency in our RA patients. 

Roxanne Cooksey

Pic Rox.jpgRoxanne was appointed as the data analyst for the Population-based Ankylosing Spondylitis (PAS) cohort, a MRC funded study which collects data from Ankylosing Spondylitis patients living in Wales. Experienced in data linkage of routinely collected health data, report writing and data analysis, she has contributed to various research articles in the spondyloarthropathies.  As the Research Portfolio Development Fellow for WARN, Roxanne is involved in helping raise the profile of Welsh arthritis research.  More recently, she has been appointed as an Outcome Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials (OMERACT) Fellow, investigating disease flare in Rheumatoid arthritis by using longitudinal data collected world-wide. Specialist Subjects: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Flare, Data Analysis.

Mary Cowern

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I have lived with rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 20 and joined Arthritis Care as a self management trainer in 1997.  I studied for a BSc (Hon) in Health & Social Care, graduating in 2010, when I then became South Wales Development Manager for Arthritis Care.  I was appointed Wales Director in March 2012.  I have significant experience in policy and public affairs work, patient representation and research.  I am a member of the WARN Service User Advisory Group and a patient advisor for the National Joint Registry.  I chair the Long Term Conditions Alliance Cymru and participate in a number Welsh Government working groups and boards.  I have published work on public and patient involvement and spoken about arthritis, disability and self management on national and European platforms. Research Interests: Rheumatoud arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, exercise & arthritis, fatigue & arthritis, biomechanics & bioengineering, pain management, self management and patient reported outcome measures.

Dr Helen Davies

Helen_Davies.jpgDr Helen Davies PhD, MSc, is a registered nurse (RN) and has many years experience as a Senior Research Officer in the College of Medicine, Swansea University.  Helen's research interests are in chronic disease management, health promotion and mindfulness research, she has suppporting research publications in these areas.  Helen is currently managing a programme of research in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) with a focus on innovative intervention for disease manaement.  Helen holds certifiates in mindfulness, including mindfulness training in MBSR.  If you are interested in finding out more about mindfulness please visit 

 Professor Mick Dennis

m s dennis.JPGMick Dennis is Professor of Psychiatry for Older People at Swansea University, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Leicester for many years. He is a strong clinical and research background that  includes  depression in people with poor physical health and the relationship between mental well-being and disability.

Ron Evans

 Ron_Evans.JPGTrained as an engineer then teaching for 25 years. Councillor at all local government levels, former parliamentary candidate. Member of 1000 Lives ERAS, Presenter at “Knee School” Chair SAIL Consumer Panel and member Advisory Group, member NJR user panel. Former Chair at Flintshire CHC. Research interests: Osteoarthritis, joint replacement, cardiac problems, angina.

Dr Ann Harvey 

Ann Harvey.pngAnn Harvey joined the Biomechanics, Inflammation & Pain strand of the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre in October 2011, having completed her D.Phil. and a short post-doctoral post at Oxford University. She is based in the Institute of Infection & Immunity within the School of Medicineand provides links with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Centres in Cardiff.  Ann’s background is in medical image analysis, and she is currently working on investigating the interactions between pain and inflammation in arthritis, using a range of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques. 

Dr Robert K Hills

IMG_0739.JPGRobert Hills is currently Senior Lecturer in Translational Statistics at Cardiff University and head of the UKCRN accredited Haematology Clinical Trials Unit (HCTU). He is statistician for the UK National Trials in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. The HCTU, together with WCTU, coordinate this portfolio of trials, which recruits over 100 patients annually to over 2000 randomisations. He is particularly interested in novel approaches to trial design that where patient numbers are used in the most efficient manner possible to speed up the testing of new therapies. Together with Professor Alan Burnett he devised the “pick-a-winner” design currently used in AML LI-1 and recently published in Blood. He has written extensively on clinical trial design, and teaches regularly in a number of universities across the UK.

Dr Helen Hodgson

Helen Hodgson.jpgHelen Hodgson is the Research Coordinator for the Department of Orthopaedics, UHW,Cardiff and is the Clinical Liaison Officer for the Arthritis Research UK BBC. She has a PhD in connective tissue biology which she gained at Cardiff Universityin 2004 and has subsequently undertaken post-doctoral research in the area of bone and cartilage pathology with a heavy content related to arthritis research.

Helen has gained extensive experience in applying for ethical approval for a multi-centre proposal and industrial clinical trials and has built up positive collaborations between academic research staff, clinicians and industry. She has also coordinated a number of grant submissions in the area of Orthopaedics. She is also active in public engagement and is currently setting up a Cardiff patient research involvement group. 

Liz Irvine

Liz Picture1.jpgLiz is the Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN) Coordinator. She has worked in the College of Medicine for a number of years as Administrator/Coordinator for various Research Studies.

  Dr Rhian Goodfellow

Rhian_Goodfellow.jpgRhian Goodfellow is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology in Cardiff University and works as Consultant Rheumatologist in Cwm Taf LHB. She has a background in basic science research, participates in clinical trials and is involved as supporting clinician in the ARUK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University. She is currently the Chair of the All Wales Specialty Advisory group in rheumatology, after previously being  the arc Regional Advisor for Wales.  Her current academic priority is Medical Education with particular emphasis on developing a new innovative undergraduate medical curriculum for Cardiff University. 

Professor Lesley Griffiths

lesley_griffiths.jpgLesley Griffiths is a musculoskeletal service user and Professor Emeritus, School of Health Science in Swansea University and will thus plays a dual role in the Network. She specialised in research which explores the experience of patients, service users and carers, and has published widely in this area. She has extensive working experience of service user involvement and was Associate Director of Involving People from 2005-2007.

 Professor Andrew Lemmey

Andy-Lemmey.jpgAndrew is an academic researcher and is currently Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University. For 15 years Professor Lemmey has led a productive, multidisciplinary team which is internationally recognised for its contributions to the non-pharmaceutical management (principally involving exercise) of chronic conditions.  His research areas of expertise include rheumatoid cachexia, and strategies for improving body composition, physical function, quality of life, and attenuating fatigue in patients with chronic conditions (principally rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and end-stage osteoarthritis).  He has written the chapter on “Arthritis” for the Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL, USA) text "Clinical Exercise Physiology (3rd Edition)" due to be published March 2013.  This textbook is used by the American College of Sports Medicine as the core text in their course for Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM RCEP) qualification, and is unchallenged as the world’s leading, and most influential, text on exercise rehabilitation for patients with chronic diseases.  Currently he is leading a multi-million pound, joint bid between the college of Health & Behavioural Sciences, Bangor University and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (NHS) to establish an academically-based Rehabilitation Center in Bangor.

 Professor Ronan Lyons

ronan_lyons.bmpRonan is Professor of Public Health at Swansea University. He is a public health physician/epidemiologist with 30 years experience of clinical medicine, public health and health informatics in Ireland  and the UK, and has a particular interest in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. Specialist Subjects: Health Informatics; Public Health; Cohorts; Complex Interventions; Injuries.

 Eleni Magklara 

Eleni.JPGEleni is a research health psychologist. She obtained her BSc degree at University of Athens, Greece and accordingly she completed her MSc degree in Health Psychology at Leiden University, Netherlands. She is currently conducting her PhD thesis at Bangor University, School of Psychology. She is working with osteoarthritis patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. Her research focuses on the determinants of adherence to exercise rehabilitation after joint replacement and on how adherence influences patients’ functional recovery and emotional well being after surgery.

Neil McKenzie

Neil McKenzie.jpgKeen member of Involving People and a member of the WARN since 2010.  Appointed to North Wales Regional Research Ethics Committee in 2011 and a member of the NISCHR Advisory Board since 2011. Regularly attend conferences and meetings and conduct reviews and participate in research from lay perspective. Reserach interests: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, prevention, pain self-management, progression, disability. 

  Arianna Morgans

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E-learning consultant – healthcare. RA patient. Founder Paleo-UK Facebook group.

Since being diagnosed with RA in 2010 Arianna has been looking at ways in which she can help manage her disease by creating a ‘joined up’ approach. Arianna follows a version of the Paleo Diet called AIP (autoimmune protocol), a nutrient dense, low inflammatory diet to help support the immune system. Other lifestyle changes that have helped Arianna have been exercise, stress management and good sleeping patterns. Essentials magazine recently ran a feature on Arianna’s story, she hopes by sharing her experiences it will raise awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis and help inspire others living with the condition.


Dr Mari Nowell

Mari Nowell.bmpMy research interests lie in the biological communications between cells, and over the years, I have explored this phenomenon in diverse organisms, from the simple invertebrate nematode worm to the more complex vertebrate systems of fish and man. Several years ago, I identified a novel protein to be upregulated in patients with rheumatoid (inflammatory) arthritis and I have been carrying out research into its activities as part of my Career Development Fellowship, which I was awarded in 2007, funded by Arthritis Research UK.

 Dr Mark Ridgewell

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Mark Ridgewell has worked as a GPwSI in Sports and Exercise Medicine since 2000. He has worked as a Principal in General Practice in Mumbles since 1991 and has worked in elite sport for the same period. He has been heavily involved in the UWIC Masters course in Sports and Exercise Medicine since its inception in 1999 and is its Programme Director. He has worked as Sports Physician to the Welsh Institute of Sport and the Football Association of Wales since 2005. His special interests include management of overuse injuries and exercise in the general population.

 Dr Paulien Roos 

Paulien Roos.jpgDr. Paulien Roos is an Academic Fellow at the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre of Cardiff University. She is based at the Schools of Healthcare Studies and Medicine. Paulien has an MSc in theoretical and mathematical biology from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and a PhD in trip recovery strategies from the University of Bath. She was a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Texas at Austin, where she investigated fall risk measures using simulation models.  As one of the Academic Fellows, Paulien applies her biomechanics and simulation modelling expertise to establish models of dysfunction and recovery to inform rehabilitation of patients with knee and back disorders. She works closely together with physiotherapists in order to achieve this.

Professor Ian Russell


Ian Russell has been Founding Professor of Clinical Trials at Swansea University since October 2008. He is a career health services researcher who specialises in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of pragmatic randomised trials to evaluate complex interventions in health care. He was an early protagonist of both patient-reported measures of health outcome within trials and systematic reviews to synthesise the findings of trials. To pursue this agenda in Wales, he founded the North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH) in 2004, and the West Wales Organisation for Rigorous Trials in Health (WWORTH) in 2008. He has also held academic appointments in Newcastle, North Carolina, Aberdeen (where he founded the Scottish Health Services Research Unit), Cardiff (where he founded WORD) and York (where he founded the Department of Health Sciences). In the musculoskeletal field he was Chief Investigator of the UK Back pain Exercise And Manipulation (UK BEAM) trial, which studied more than 1400 patients in 14 centres in all four countries of the UK. It is still the largest randomised trial in the world literature of treatment for back pain. Papers in the BMJ in 2004 established the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation and, to a lesser extent, of progressive exercise. These papers underpinned the review by NICE that recommended widespread adoption of these two treatments. His part-time appointments have included: Founding Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board for Health Technology Assessment; Deputy Chair of the Health Services Research Board of the Medical Research Council; Director of the Institute of Medical & Social Care Research at Bangor University; Chair of the University of Wales Health Committee; and Director of Research in Swansea University College of Medicine.

Professor Catherine Sackley

CathSackley-Cropped-110x146.jpgCath Sackley is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Professor of Rehabilitation Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of East Anglia. She is a physiotherapist and her research focuses on the problems experienced by older people with musculoskeletal, neurological and vascular disease living in the community. Her work has informed practice, particularly for the residents of care homes. It covers common daily problems such as incontinence, difficulties with mobility and other activities of daily living.

Dr Stefan Siebert MBBCh, MRCP, PhD

Photo_Siebert_WARN2013.jpgStefan Siebert is Clinical Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow, where he leads the Spondyloarthritis research programme. He also works as Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Prior to moving to Glasgow in September 2012, he worked as academic Rheumatologist in Swansea University in Wales, during which time he was involved in setting up WARN and was a member of the UKCRN Musculoskeletal Specialty Group and SW Wales Research Ethics Committee.

Research interests include understanding the immunological mechanisms underlying autoimmune and autoinflammatory conditions, and novel therapies for these conditions. He also has an interest in cohort development and the use of routine data for clinical research. He has a background in basic science research and has been lead investigator on a number of commercial and non-commercial clinical trials. He is a current member of the Arthritis Research UK Spondyloarthropathy Clinical Specialty Group and Progress Review Committee.

Victoria Shah

Victoria_Shah.pngVictoria Shah has been a Podiatrist for 18 years, with experience in various fields. She has worked in the UK and abroad, covering clinics privately, within the NHS, and for large private companies.
Some of Victoria's most interesting work has been prevention of impairment and disability in a rural Leprosy hospital in Nepal, and before that woundcare clinics in Calcutta, India, for a charity called Calcutta Rescue. In 2012, she completed a Masters in Musculoskeletal studies at Cardiff Metropolitan, which has helped to improve her clinical skills. Victoria now work for Aneurin Bevan Health Board, in Panteg and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan sites. All of Victoria's current clinics are Musculoskeletal, working alongside colleagues to help with the provision of Orthotics.

 Mike Smith

Mike Smith photo.jpgLecturer in Physiotherapy and Arthritis Research UK Training Fellow at Cardiff University. My research focuses upon the characteristics of shoulder dysfunction and its therapeutic management. I am currently an Arthritis Research UK Training Fellow, investigating shoulder prognostic factors (, including diagnostic ultrasound evidence of shoulder pathology. I also lead the Cardiff Interactive Shoulder Movement Alliance (CISMA; ) – an online initiative with members in over 30 countries across 5 continents. The aim of CISMA is to bring together the national and international shoulder community for the benefit of patients. This involves collaboration on research, development of educational material and the dissemination of clinical resources. Research interests: Shoulder pain and dysfunction, prognosis and diagnostic ultrasound.

 Dr Valerie Sparkes

Valerie_Sparkes.pngValerie Sparkes is a lecturer in the School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University and previously worked for 18 years as a senior clinician in the NHS. She specialises in researching into musculoskeletal conditions, specifically chronic spinal disorders including non specific low back pain particularly focusing on stratified approach to management of low back pain. Other research fields include motor control of the spine and upper and lower limb joints and its effect on the degenerative process of the disc and cartilage. She works as a researcher in the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre at Cardiff University. She is on the executive committee for Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair.

Harold Toone

Harold_toone.jpgAs a member of the Involving People Network WARN, Harold Toone actively participates in various stages of the research process as well as regularly contributing to WARN conferences and meetings. Harold has a particular interest in older people's well-being with a focus on arthritis, cancer, surgery, mental health, LGBT issues as well as issues affecting carers.

 Dr Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor (small).jpgI am a Reader in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University and my early career has focused around distance learning and e-learning postgraduate courses in pain, critical care and surgical practice. During my time at Cardiff University, I completed a nursing degree, MSc in Medical Education and have recently successfully completed a PhD. I have been involved strategically in pain service development in England and Wales. I led a team who lobbied the Welsh Assembly to produce a set of directives for pain and to see chronic pain as a condition in its own right and they agreed and we launched these in 2008 with a number of pathways. I am involved with the British Pain Society having chaired the Initial Assessment and Management Pathway, published on the Map of Medicine, delivers sessions on the commissioning road-shows and one of the authors of the soon to be published Commissioning Guidance. I am a member of the Educational SIG and am contributing to the publication on undergraduate pain education. I also sit on the executive committee for the Primary and Community SIG and am working on the concept of 'problematic pain' and leading on this for the Faculty of Pain Medicine. I am on the executive committee of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition and was heavily involved in the English Pain Summit. Following my recent PhD award I am working with Professor Ernest Choy and Professor Richard Wise looking at fatigue and pain from a neuroimaging perspective.

Dr Andrew Watkin

Andrew_Watkin.jpgAndy Watkin is a GP in the Amman Valley, with a longstanding interest in Rheumatology, secondary care experience in the speciality since 1985 and currently employed as a Hospital Practitioner in Morriston Hospital in Swansea.


Dr Rhiannon Whitaker

Rhiannon_Whitaker.jpgRhiannon Whitaker is a Chartered Statistician and Associate Scientific Director of NWORTH, Bangor's clinical trials unit. She has a wide experience of designing, running and analysing multicentred trials in a range of health related disciplines. She is a member of several research development groups (RDGs) in musculoskeletal medicine with a view to developing multicentred NIHR HTA trials grant applications.   She has, through her statistical and methodological support work in BCUHB, supported a wide range of researchers across many professional groups in developing research. She is a member of the NISCHR Advisory Pannel for the Research for Patient and Public Benefit workstream, the UKCRC Registered CTU working group and acts as a peer reviewer for the NIHR. NWORTH, the Bangor Clinical Trials Unit, is a fully registered UKCRC Trials Unit (no.23) which receives core funding from NISCHR ( The staff of NWORTH includes trial and data managers, statisticians, a quality assurance professional, IT specialists and administrators, with close links with other related professionals such as outcomes specialists.

 Dr Anwen Williams

Anwen Williams.jpgDr Anwen Siân Williams is a pharmacist, a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and senior member of the academic staff in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. She is a biomedical research expert who is passionate about defining the biological changes that occur in the musculoskeletal system during the transition from health to disease. Dr Williams leads a successful scientific research programme within the Section of Rheumatology that is aimed at delivering excellent teaching and learning opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Her skills and success in balancing the competitive pressures of research, teaching, scholarship and knowledge transfer were recognized by Cardiff University in 2009 when she was awarded the title of “Reader” for research excellence. She has sustained success in obtaining external grant support from national charities (Arthritis ResearchUK, the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Charity and Joint action) and has maintained her output of high quality research papers over the last 10 years. Her scientific expertise is aligned with (i) the development and characterization of models which recapitulate cellular, molecular and architectural features of inflammatory joint disease, (ii) the identification and examination of cellular and molecular mechanisms that orchestrate cell trafficking, inflammation-induced tissue injury and reparative responses and (iii) the evaluation of novel agents for treating arthritis.

Dot Williams

I have been involved with the WARN SUAG for a few years, I have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis/ankylosing spondylitis and the research into these is of great interest to me as I have benefitted greatly from the use of anti-TNF treatments.  I am also involved as a service user with the SAIL database in Swansea University and have a role in agreeing the use of the databank for research projects.  Outside of my service user roles I work in social services in the field of adult protection and teach with the Open University.

Nefyn Williams


Dr Nefyn H Williams is an academic general practitioner and osteopath and senior clinical lecturer in the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research in Bangor University, as well as Associate Director of the Bangor Clinical Trials Unit the North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health. He is also Assistant Director of Research and Development for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. His major research interest is the treatment of common musculoskeletal problems in primary care and the rehabilitation of chronic disease particularly with exercise interventions. He is a member of the steering committee of the Arthritis Research UK musculoskeletal pain clinical studies group and a member of the Primary Care, Community and Preventative Intervention panel for the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme.

Joanne Wrigley

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I have been a Podiatrist for over 10 years and have always had a special interest in Rheumatology and the Podiatric problems the associated diseases have posed for my patients. I work within a musculoskeletal team and as part of the Rheumatology Treatment Team in Cardiff and Vale. I am interested in research within the scope of Rheumatology and biomechanics, as well as QoL for patients. Reserach interests: Biomechanics, wounds and Rheumatology.

Shangming Zhou

photoJPG_SMZHOU.jpgDr Shang-Ming Zhou is a Senior Lecturer in statistical modelling and analytics for epidemiology and public health. His research interests include health statistics, data mining (e.g. text mining), machine learning, intelligent computing, causal inference, health informatics, and their applications to epidemiology and public health. He is particularly interested in using data mining to identify phenotype cohorts of patients with rheumatic diseases from big linked health datasets. He is a member of the UKCRC Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), which is one of five new UKCRC Centres of Public Health Research Excellence.


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