Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2)

R2P2 group

We believe that patients should have a say in research that is potentially for their benefit.

The Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2) is a group of patients who are actively involved in the work of the Rheumatology Research Group in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham. R2P2 members advise our researchers about what research we should do, how we should go about it and how we can share it with the public.

Below you will find links to relevant information about R2P2 and the work that R2P2 contributes to. If you are interested in joining and becoming a patient research partner, please contact Becky Birch.

An interview with an R2P2 patient research partner, talking about her experiences of being involved with rheumatology research

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Latest news and updates

R2P2 Meeting 2024

Another fantastic annual meeting!  

On Thursday the 23rd of May 2024, 18 patient research partners from the Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2), 7 members of the 1000 Elders as well as 10 students, researchers, staff from the University and 2 UHB staff joined us at the Edgbaston Park hotel or online for our annual meeting.This meeting was particularly special as we celebrated 10 years of R2P2 this year (and many more years of patient involvement with Rheumatology Research Group)!

The programme included research updates from both senior researchers and early career researchers which led to lively discussion and feedback from patient research partners. A highlight of the day was a live demonstration of ultrasound scanning of the  hand and wrist by Mark Maybury (research physiotherapist and sonographer) and Elspeth Insch (R2P2 patient research partner). Mark was kept busy for the rest of the day as most of our patient research partners were also keen to have their own joints scanned!

Read on for more details…

R2P2 Meeting 2024

Rheumatology Research Group Brochure

RRG reportSome of our patient research partners have worked with us to produce a new brochure describing the Rheumatology Research Group at the University of Birmingham - the brochure is available to download here.

The brochure is designed to share our research activities with the wider public and promote our patient partnership. Hopefully this will encourage people who are interested in our research to join R2P2! Please share with all who might be interested. If you would like a printed copy, please contact Becky Birch at

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