From Bath to Rome

It is always a pleasure to meet other individuals passionate about musculoskeletal research and improving the lives of children and young people living with arthritis. Last month, Phil Bowers dropped me an email via my website, to share with me his ambitious plan to fundraise for Arthritis Research UK and the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association … Continue reading From Bath to Rome

Methotrexate and sickness focus group

A team of healthcare professionals, researchers and patient partners in Leeds are planning a research study about methotrexate, based upon the priorities and top concerns that have been identified by young people living with arthritis, and their families. However, before the researchers apply for funding to conduct this study, young people, parents and carers are needed … Continue reading Methotrexate and sickness focus group


It's scary to think that so much can change in so little time. None of us really know what will happen tomorrow. Events in the last week have reminded me that you've got to enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come. Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is … Continue reading Life

With research, possibilities are limitless

Today is Rare Disease Day 2017! Launched by EURORDIS and its Council of National Alliances in 2008, Rare Disease Day has, and continues to collaborate with organisations around the world, through hosting events, creating media coverage, and ultimately raising awareness of rare diseases and the impact of such diseases on the lives of patients and … Continue reading With research, possibilities are limitless

20th EULAR Annual European Conference of PARE

This year’s EULAR* Annual European Conference of PARE will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th February 2017, and is hosted by the Portuguese League against Rheumatism. This conference, attracting more than 100 delegates, should inspire, educate and empower delegates and their national organisations to improve the lives of people living with rheumatic and … Continue reading 20th EULAR Annual European Conference of PARE

Stepping stones

One of my secrets so far in life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. It's how you decide to work with what you've got. While you cannot determine every circumstance in life, you can determine your choice of attitude. In my recent article, 'Stepping stones', published in issue three of The Researcher, I shared my … Continue reading Stepping stones