An opportunity has developed for a nurse, physiotherapist or doctor with clinical MSK/rheumatology experience to apply for a 3-year salaried PhD fellowship with Keele University, exploring axial inflammation in patients with psoriasis. Supervision from Dr Jon Packham, consultant rheumatologist / honorary clinical senior lecturer in Stoke-on-Trent.
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BRITSpA members: If you have changed your contact details or no longer work in the speciality and do not wish to remain a BRITSpA member, please advise Karly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year BRITSpA was pleased to run its first abstract competition, with twelve submissions considered and four delegates asked to present. The winner of the certificate and cheque for £500 was Steven Zhao (Aintree) who gave an excellent presentation of his work: Autoantibodies to Osteoprotegerin in Axial Spondyloarthritis. Exploring whether prevalence of OPG-Ab in axSpA is higher than in a healthy population and whether they were associated with measures of bone health in axSpA, he concluded OPG-Ab may be biomarker for accelerated bone loss in axSpA and emphasised the need to explore this in a prospective study.
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