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College of Medical and Dental Sciences – Inaugural Lecture Series

“Rheumatoid arthritis: predicting the diagnosis and preventing damage”

Professor Karim Raza, BA, BMBCh, PhD, FRCP

Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and Honorary Consultant

School of Immunity and Infection

Karim Raza qualified with a BMBCh from the University of Oxford in 1993 having completed a BA in Physiological Sciences in 1990. He moved to the West Midlands in 1997 for his postgraduate training in Rheumatology. In 2004 he completed his Rheumatology training and was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham for research on disease mechanisms and predictors of outcome in early arthritis.  In the same year he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Consultant at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.  In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and was awarded the Michael Mason Prize by the British Society for Rheumatology. His research focuses on rheumatoid arthritis, addressing pathogenic mechanisms, biomarker development and strategies to enhance clinical outcomes for patients with a new onset of disease.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 – 4.30 pm

Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, Medical School Building

For further information contact Yvonne Dawson ( / 0121 414 4054)



Past events...

The Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership Group had its official launch on Friday 24th October 2014.

The day included an overview of activities of the Rheumatology Research Group and what it means to be a Patient Research Partner with talks from both Researchers and Patient Research Partners. A networking lunch allowed Researchers and Patient Research Partner to meet informally, discuss their research and share their experiences of living with a rheumatic disease.

Interactive training workshops in the afternoon included discussion on approaches to reviewing projects (in the fields of behavioural medicine and rheumatoid arthritis pathology) and to providing feedback.

The day was well received by all who attended:

  • The presenters made every effort to supply and explain as much information as possible; explained the benefits of research and how the patient partners can help.
  • Excellent ratio of clinicians to patient partners
  • Has increased my enthusiasm for the role of Patient Partner 


Can you prevent rheumatoid arthritis? Free event at the University of Birmingham (part of the British Science Festival)

University of Birmingham's Rheumatology Research Group present their findings on what causes Rheumatoid Arthritis, predictive testing and preventive treatment. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions and to engage in debate and discussion.

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When:  Thursday 11 September 2014

Time:  10.00 - 11.00

Place:  Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

Category:  Our health