Max Yates


  • MED

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Risk factors for onset and progression in rheumatic diseases.

Personal profile

Key Research Interests


Rheumatic Diesease


Cohort studies

Outcome measures


I am a Clinical Associate Professor, specialising in epidemiology of rheumatic diseases. My PhD investigated risk factors for onset and progression amongst individuals diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) and subsequently I was appointed as a NIHR Clinical Lecturer whilst I finished my specialist training in rheumatology in 2018 before gaining tenure in 2019. I run the Academic Specialised Foundation Programme, which represents the first step on the rung for Integrated Academic Training for doctors. 

I am an active member of consortia and international groups including the UK Biobank Eye and Vision Consortium and the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) working groups, the latter of which I co-chair the PMR working group.

I investigate aetiological hypotheses using statistical models. My current interests include investigating comorbidity in PMR, GCA and inflammatory polyarthritis and using retinal images to validate vascular disease states in these conditions. I am also interested in the pathway management and care of people with rheumatic diseases and the use of electronic tools to improve process management, autonomy, and efficiency. 

The availability of large datasets through the Norwich Epidemiology Centre, coupled with the support of such a team brings lends Norwich Medical School to be able to offer a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate research opportunities and I'd welcome informal email approaches to discuss suitable projects. I currently have a PhD studentship avalaible: DEADLINE 15th Jan 2024

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia


Award Date: 9 Nov 2017

Master of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2015

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Science, University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

External positions

Heberden Committee , British Society for Rheumatology

1 Jan 2021 → …


  • Epidemiology
  • Rheumatology

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