We are establishing a state-of-the art, integrated technical capability within which scientists and expertise can move seamlessly between groups, and an outstanding multi-centre PhD, and post-doctoral training fellowship programme to provide a unique national resource and programme for the development of future rheumatology research leaders. Each component builds on international pre-eminence and firmly established networks with other UK Centres and European leaders. We intend to create a world-leading, first-in-class facility for the UK to enhance understanding of RA pathogenesis, and develop novel biomarkers and curative therapeutics.
The project delivers both post-graduate and post-doctoral programmes that offer a combination of geographically rotating placements, together with a programme of lectures, seminars and laboratory meetings.
We provide training in state-of-the-art technologies, encompassing several technologies. We will arrange access to external stakeholders including international experts, key opinion leaders and industrial partners.
Research conferences will be held every year to allow our team to present their research findings and hear about the findings of others.
In addition, our researchers plan to talk to patient organisations to share the progress they are making with them.
We have developed a 3-year PhD programme for 12 students. Each student will spend time in at least 2 of the partner institutions, supported by 2 of the researchers. Topics studied will be selected to meet the needs of the overall research programme. All 12 students are now in post and you can find out more about their research here.
We hold regular training and development meetings. In addition, all the participants will have two mentors in different institutions and will have access to the resources and equipment of all three hubs of the Centre.