Our charitable subcommittees

Our charitable subcommittees

We have three charitable subcommittees across the themes of disease, treatment and health. Each subcommittee provides expert advice and intelligence in planning and developing our research-based activities, to evaluate and recommend new awards and oversee the progress and outcomes of our funded activities.

Each subcommittee can draw upon the college of experts and the patient insight partner group for additional, specific expertise. The research advisory groups and fellowship expert group also support the subcommittees in undertaking their activities.

Research Advisory Group forum events - register your interest

Our advisory groups for research, including three Research Advisory Groups (RAGs) and one clinical Study Group (CSG), are underway in actively planning their programmes of activity.  They are targeting wider-reaching engagement with people with arthritis, researchers, policy makers, health care decision-makers and health care practitioners.  The Research Advisory Groups will each be hosting a Forum Event to take place in late 2020 or early 2021; you can register your initial interest using the links below, and invitations for formal registration will follow later in the year. In preparation for these events, we will be hosting webinars and sharing surveys with those who register their interest.

The Clinical Study Group will be rescheduling their May meeting to later in the year.

These fora will provide opportunity for creative exploration of Why, What and How to enhance the knowledge, capabilities and effectiveness around musculoskeletal research in the UK.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic these activities are being scheduled on a longer term horizon than originally envisaged, however, we are excited to be signposting these Forum Events in our future calendar.  These discussions will underpin the definition of a shared agenda around research for MSK conditions and enable an increase in the collective effort in pushing back against arthritis. 

Disease subcommittee

Purpose

The disease subcommittee provides expert advice and intelligence to the charity, evaluates research activity and makes or supports funding recommendations.

The disease subcommittee considers:

  • Discovery research which provides knowledge and understanding of normal and diseased systems that underpin the cause of musculoskeletal disease and management of disease risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
  • Pre-clinical experimental research which characterises and progresses early development of therapeutic and prophylactic interventions.

The subcommittee

  • Professor Luke O’Neill, chair, Trinity College, Dublin and GSK
  • Professor Simon Jones, vice-chair, Cardiff University
  • Mrs Susan Burn, Patient insight partner
  • Mr David Chandler, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Iain Chessell, AstraZeneca
  • Dr Mohini Gray, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Maureen Grossman, Patient insight partner
  • Professor John Isaacs, Newcastle University
  • Professor Karl Kadler, University of Manchester
  • Professor David Leon, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Bridget Lumb, University of Bristol
  • Professor Kim Midwood, University of Oxford
  • Professor Ali Mobasheri, University of Surrey
  • Mr Colin Wilkinson, Patient insight partner

Guest subcommittee members

When needed, experts in specific areas are invited to join our subcommittees as guests. Below are the expert guests from the previous meetings of the Disease subcommittee for 2018 and 2019:

Pain challenge 2019

  • Dr Rose Maciewicz, AstraZeneca
  • Professor Candida McCabe, University of the West of England
  • Dr Emanuele Sher, Lilly Research Centre
  • Professor David Walsh, University of Nottingham
  • Mrs Annabel Dawson, Patient insight partner
  • Ms Elizabeth Jane Taylor, Patient insight partner
  • Dr Jane Taylor, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Julian Knight, University of Oxford

Stacking the odds towards a cure 2019

  • Mrs Amanda Clark, Patient Insight Partner
  • Mrs Lynn Laidlaw, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor Giuseppe Matarese, University of Naples, Italy
  • Professor Claudia Mauri, University College London
  • Professor Linda Sandell, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA
  • Ms Annabel Tindale, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor Jonathan Tobias, University of Bristol
  • Dr Ana Valdes, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Stephen Ward, University of Bath

Pain challenge 2018

  • Professor Stuart Bevan, King's College London
  • Professor Fiona Boissonade, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Susan Brain, King’s College London
  • Professor Francesco Dell'Accio, Queen Mary University of London
  • Miss Oonagh Diamond, Patient Insight Partner
  • Mrs Lynn Laidlaw, Patient Insight Partner
  • Dr Rose Maciewicz, AstraZeneca
  • Professor David Walsh, University of Nottingham
  • Professor John Todd, University of Oxford

Treatment subcommittee

Purpose

The treatment subcommittee provides expert advice and intelligence to the charity, evaluates research activity and makes or supports funding recommendations.

The treatment subcommittee considers:

  • Clinical and experimental research to assess whether therapeutic and prophylactic interventions work and are safe under ideal or selected conditions by development and testing of interventions to manage musculoskeletal disease risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The subcommittee

  • Professor Janet Darbyshire, Chair, University College London
  • Professor Cyrus Cooper, joint Vice-chair, University of Southampton
  • Professor Linda Sharples, joint Vice-chair, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Caroline Alexander, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Professor Victoria Allgar, University of York
  • Professor Maya Buch, University of Leeds
  • Mr Robin Brittain, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Hill Gaston, University of Cambridge
  • Dr John Ioannou, University College London Hospitals
  • Dr David Jayne, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Alex MacGregor, University of East Anglia
  • Dr Tim Morris, University College London
  • Mr Alan Reynolds, ex Wyeth
  • Professor Lee Shepstone, University of East Anglia
  • Dr Isolde Victory, Patient insight partner

Guest subcommittee members

When needed, experts in specific areas are invited to join our subcommittees as guests. Below are the expert guests from the previous meetings of the Treatment subcommittee for 2018 and 2019:

Priorities in Clinical Research 2019

  • Professor John Skinner, University College London
  • Professor Mark Wilkinson, University of Sheffield

Pain challenge 2019

  • Dr Neil Basu, University of Glasgow
  • Mrs Lynn Laidlaw, Patient insight partner

Stacking the odds towards a cure 2019

  • Professor Mark Wilkinson, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Tim Board, Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust
  • Professor Sita Bierma-Zeinstra, Erasmus MC, Netherlands

Pain challenge and Priorities in clinical research 2018

  • Mr Robin Brittain, Patient insight partner
  • Dr Michael Lee, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Karen Walker-Bone, University of Southampton

Contact this subcommittee

Dr Sarah Rudkin: research@versusarthritis.org.

Health subcommittee

Purpose

The health subcommittee provides expert advice and intelligence to the charity, evaluates research activity and makes or supports funding recommendations.

The health subcommittee considers:

  • Applied research to assess whether methods of practical implementation of therapeutic and prophylactic interventions, to manage musculoskeletal disease risk, prevention, diagnosis and treatment work, in terms that matter to the patient.
  • Health service research which assesses the provision and delivery of health and social care services and evaluating factors affecting the quality of care.

The subcommittee

  • Professor Gary Macfarlane, Vice-chair, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Joy Adamson, University of York
  • Professor Chris Armitage, University of Manchester
  • Mrs Debra Dulake, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
  • Professor Andy Judge, University of Bristol
  • Dr Peter Lanyon, University of Nottingham
  • Mr Alistair Mew, NHS Sheffield CCG
  • Professor Joanne Protheroe, Keele University
  • Professor James Raftery, University of Southampton
  • Professor Catherine Sackley, King’s College London
  • Dr Tom Sanders, Northumbria University
  • Dr Janet Suckley, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Chris Todd, University of Manchester

Guest subcommittee members

When needed, experts in specific areas are invited to join our subcommittees as guests. Below are the expert guests from the previous meetings of the Health subcommittee for 2018 and 2019:

Pain challenge 2019

  • Professor Michelle Briggs, University of Manchester

Pushing frontiers 2019

  • Dr Graeme Howling, University of Leeds
  • Mrs Lynn Laidlaw, Patient insight partner
  • Ms Deborah Marks, Patient insight partner

Pushing frontiers 2018

  • Dr Victoria Allgar, University of York
  • Mr Robin Brittain, Patient insight partner
  • Mr Michael Green, Patient insight partner
  • Mrs Maureen Grossman, Patient insight partner
  • Mrs Lynn Laidlaw, Patient insight partner
  • Dr Mar Pujades-Rodriguez, University of Leeds

Pain challenge 2018

  • Professor Fiona Cramp, University of the West of England
  • Mrs Debra Dulake, Patient insight partner
  • Dr Jane Taylor, Patient insight partner
  • Miss Annabel Tindale, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Martin Underwood, University of Warwick

Contact this subcommittee

Dr Anna Durrans: research@versusarthritis.org.

Patient insight partner group

Our focus is to put people with arthritis at the heart of everything we do and ensure our decisions are guided by their perspective. This includes listening to and involving them in all aspects of our work. The perspective of people living with arthritis is key to ensuring that the research we fund is relevant, accessible and sensitive.

We're one of the leading medical research charities in incorporating routine public and patient involvement into the research funding decision-making process, initially in the form of the USER stakeholder committee, which was established in 2008.

In line with our current strategic focus, we have innovated new ways of involving the patient voice, building on the previous success of USER.

The patient voice is integrated fully into all of our research activities through close collaboration with our patient insight partners. This group work alongside researchers and health care professionals to ensure relevance whilst maintaining our high standards of research quality.

Maureen Grossman, patient insight partner said: "I appreciate the way the charity encourages patients first and I believe that the way that patient insight partners contribute is inspirational."

We collaborate with our patient insight partners on a number of activities including:

  • Setting research priorities
  • supporting researchers to undertake effective public and patient involvement
  • reviewing research proposals
  • monitoring and providing ongoing input into funded research
  • evaluating and disseminating outcomes of research.

To find out more about becoming a patient insight partner, please contact us at patientinsight@versusarthritis.org.

College of experts

Purpose

The college of experts was created to widen the range of available expertise to our subcommittees using a committed and defined pool of expertise. Members of the college are asked predominantly to supplement time-bound funding panels and the subcommittees on specific funding calls. Members may also be invited to provide expert input to strategic planning.

The college

We have recruited college members with a broad membership, including researchers in any area relevant to basic, translational, clinical or health research or from a commercial, policy, health and social care, commissioning or health service management background.

We will be seeking additional college members in some targeted disciplines. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Keep up to date with the latest research news and information through our News for researchers.

Contact this committee

Claire Edge: research@versusarthritis.org

Fellowship expert group

Purpose

The fellowship expert group assists the charity in planning, developing and undertaking activities that support the next generation of musculoskeletal researchers and oversees the recommendation of career support awards. The fellowship expert group is a sub-group of the three funding subcommittees, disease, treatment and health.

Members

  • Professor Gretl McHugh, University of Leeds, Chair
  • Professor Alexander MacGregor, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Maya Buch, University of Manchester
  • Dr Mohini Grey, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John Isaacs, Newcastle University
  • Dr Blandine Poulet, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Katie Hackett, Northumbria University
  • Professor Gary Macfarlane, University of Aberdeen

Contact this committee Dr Shereen Sabbah: research@versusarthritis.org

Fellowship Funding Panels 2019

Our Fellowship Funding panels always consist of at least one member of our Fellowship Expert Group, usually as chair or vice-chair. We also approach members of our College of Experts to join our panels, as well as guest panel members depending on the expertise that is required.

Below is a list of our 2019 Fellowship Funding Panels for our PhD Scholarship and Fellowship rounds.

PhD Scholarships

  • Professor Alex MacGregor, University of East Anglia (Chair)
  • Dr Michele Bombardieri, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Martin Underwood, University of Warwick
  • Professor Paul Genever, University of York
  • Dr Francesco Del Galdo, University of Leeds
  • Professor Anwen Williams, Cardiff University
  • Dr Jonathan Hill, Keele University
  • Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, University of Bristol
  • Professor Frances Williams, King’s College London
  • Professor Kevin Davies, University of Sussex
  • Professor Leonie Taams, King’s College London

Clinical Research Fellowships

  • Professor Lucy Wedderburn, University College London (Chair)
  • Professor Joy Adamson, Newcastle University (Vice-Chair)
  • Professor Daniel Altmann, Imperial College London
  • Dr Nicola Kuiper, Keele University
  • Professor Afsie Sabokbar, University of Oxford
  • Professor James Brewer, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ben Seymour, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Steven Edwards, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Maria Stokes, University of Southampton

Foundation Fellowships

  • Dr Mohini Gray, University of Edinburgh (Chair)
  • Professor Peter Clegg, University of Liverpool
  • Professor David Abraham, University College London
  • Professor Simon Arthur, University of Dundee
  • Dr Andrew Moore, University of Bristol
  • Dr Ilyas Khan, Swansea University
  • Professor Ian Clark, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Catherine Bowen, University of Southampton

Career Development Fellowships

  • Professor Alex MacGregor, University of East Anglia (Chair)
  • Professor Ann Morgan, University of Leeds
  • Dr Gisela Orozco, University of Manchester
  • Professor Richard Aspden, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Gareth Jones, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Andy Clark, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Clare Hughes, Cardiff University
  • Dr Clare Jinks, Keele University

Senior Research Fellowships

  • Professor Maya Buch (Chair), University of Leeds
  • Professor Fiona Cramp, University of the West of England
  • Professor Alison Gartland, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Derek Gilroy, University College London
  • Professor Deirdre Hurley-Osing, University College Dublin
  • Professor Adriano Rossi, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Andrew Pitsillides, The Royal Veterinary College
  • Ms Jayne Merrin, Patient Insight Partner