20th March 2018
Assessing fatigue in Axial Spondyloarthropathy (AxSpA)
We are looking to identify recruiting centres to help with a study which is seeking to improve the assessment of fatigue in Axial Spondyloarthropathy (AxSpA). The study is a collaboration between Warwick Medical School (Dr Kirstie Haywood), the Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre and Keele University (Dr Jon Packham). Nathan Pearson is conducting the research as part of a PhD fellowship funded by the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS). It is envisaged that the study will be adopted onto the portfolio (previous work relating to this AxSpA-fatigue workstream has been adopted). Ethical approval is due imminently.
19th February 2018
The DyNAMISM study is a large multi-centre study to determine whether NSAIDs use
influences MRI findings in axial spondyloarthritis. Participants undergo a 1wk wash-out of
NSAIDs prior to an MRI scan, after which they return to normal medication. Those who scan
positive without NSAIDs are invited for a second MRI after 6wks of returning to NSAID
20th January 2018
The second meeting of the ongoing BRITSpA led project: Recommendations for acquisition and considerations for interpretation of MRI of the spine and sacroiliac joints (SIJ) in the investigation of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) in the UK was held in London on the 13th of December 2017.
30th October 2017
This year BRITSpA run its second abstract competition, with twelve submissions considered and four delegates asked to present. The winner of the certificate and cheque for £500 was Tim Bray (London) who gave an excellent presentation of his work entitled “A tiny bit of white on MRI”- objective definitions of oedema and fat metaplasia in spondyloarthritis”.