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.

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
  • Professor Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Lucy Wedderburn, University College London
  • Mr Colin Wilkinson, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Jane Worthington, 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 two meetings of the Disease subcommittee:

  • 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

Stacking the odds towards a cure 2017

  • Dr Deborah Cunninghame-Graham, King's College London
  • Ms Annabel Dawson, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor William Harnett, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Claudia Kemper, National Institutes of Health
  • Professor Giuseppe Matarase, University of Naples Federico II
  • Ms Maggy Milner, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor Fergal O’Brien, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Professor Ian Roberts, University of Manchester
  • Professor Linda Sandell, Washington University
  • Professor Ken Smith, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Brigitta Stockinger, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Mr Simon Stones, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor Paul-Peter Tak, GSK
  • Dr Jane Taylor, Patient Insight Partner
  • Professor Jonathan Tobias, University of Bristol
  • Professor Stephen Ward, University of Bath
  • Professor Gerry Wilson, University College Dublin

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
  • Ms Karyn Boniface, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Maya Buch, University of Leeds
  • Professor Hill Gaston, University of Cambridge
  • Mr Michael Green, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Elaine Hay, Keele University
  • 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 two meetings of the Treatment subcommittee:

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

Priorities in clinical research 2017

  • Professor Sarah Byford, King's College London
  • Professor Andrew Price, University of Oxford
  • Mr Tim Wilcox, Patient insight partner

Contact this subcommittee

Dr Sarah Rudkin: research@arthritisresearchuk.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 Ray Fitzpatrick, Chair, University of Oxford
  • Professor Gary Macfarlane, Vice-chair, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Sue Mawson, Vice-chair, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Joy Adamson, Newcastle University
  • Professor Ashley Blom, University of Bristol
  • Mrs Wendy Broderick, Patient insight partner
  • Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
  • Professor Andy Judge, University of Oxford
  • Professor Ruth Macdonald, University of Manchester
  • Mr Alistair Mew, NHS Sheffield CCG
  • Dr Joanne Protheroe, Keele University
  • Professor Catherine Sackley, King’s College London
  • Dr Janet Suckley, 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 two meetings of the Health subcommittee:

Pain challenge 2018

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

Transforming musculoskeletal health 2017

  • Dr Charlotte Cockle, Patient insight partner
  • Mrs Abigail Mendy, Patient insight partner

Contact this subcommittee

Ms Tracy Elliott: research@arthritisresearchuk.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@arthritisresearchuk.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@arthritisresearchuk.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 Jane Worthington, University of Manchester, chair
  • Professor Lucy Wedderburn, University College London
  • Professor Alexander Macgregor, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Maya Buch, University of Leeds
  • Dr Joanne Protheroe, Keele University
  • Further members to be confirmed

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

Keep up to date with the latest research news and information through our News for researchers.