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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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Posted by BRISpA News.

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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