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Personal profile

Academic Background

  • 1978 BA (Oxon) Physiological Sciences Class 2
  • 1982 BM BCh (Oxon)
  • 1982 MA (Oxon)
  • 1985 MRCP (UK)
  • 1991 DM (Oxon)
  • 1999 FRCP (London)

Key Research Interests

My major research interest is the aetiopathogenesis, epidemiology, classification and treatment of various types of systemic vasculitis. Current studies:

DCVAS: Establishment of the DCVAS study on development of new classification and diagnostic criteria for systemic vasculitis.

Substudies i) investigating influence of ethnicity on disease phenotype and geoepidemiology, ii) role smoking on disease phenotype and outcome, iii) costs of vasculitis diagnosis

DELAYS IN VASCULITIS DIAGNOSIS: Developing project to investigate reasons for delay in diagnosis of vasculitis in primary and secondary care using CPRD general practice database

NORVAS: I continue to lead the NORVAS study on the epidemiology of vasculitis in Norfolk. This has now been running for 23 years and we have completed a 23-year analysis.

GENVAS: I am leading this nationwide study collecting DNA from AAV patients for genetic studies

GCANS: I am leading the setting up of this project to study the epidemiology and outcomes of giant cell arteritis (GCA). This will link with the EPIC-NORFOLK study which will provide prospectively collected data on risk factors for GCA.

IVIE: I am the Chief Investigator for this study. This will investigate the informational needs of carers of vasculitis patients, and is an extension of previous work.

UKIVAS: I am one of the two convenors of UK vasculitis network, which aims to develop a national network of linked vasculitis researchers with aim of developing new projects. 

Research Group or Lab Membership

Population Health

Areas of Expertise

Arthritis (causes, epidemiology and treatment) - including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis; inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis) (causes, epidemiology and treatment).

Teaching Interests

Clinical teaching to undergraduates medical students at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Postgraduate teaching to trainees studying for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicans

Postgraduate teaching to specialist trainess in general mediciane and rheumatology


  • 1994 - Consultant Rheumatologist, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • 1992 – 1994 Senior Registrar in Rheumatology NNUH, Norwich
  • 1990 – 1992 Senior Registrar in Rheumatology Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • 1988 – 1990 Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Registrar University College, London

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Master of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1978


  • Medicine (general)
  • vasculitis
  • Epidemiology

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