Professor Philip Conaghan

Professor Philip Conaghan


Director, LIRMM; Deputy Director of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre; Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist for LTHT; NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus

National roles (current): chairs a number of Trial Steering Committees and Data Monitoring Committees; member, NICE Expert Advisor Panel; Trustee, Primary Care Rheumatology Society

National roles (previous):  Chair 2008 and 2014 of NICE OA Clinical Guidance. 2007-2017, Chair of the Arthritis Research UK Osteoarthritis and Crystal Disorders Clinical Studies Group, responsible for national research priority setting. .

International roles (current): Co-executive lead of the international outcomes group OMERACT; Treasurer, European Foundation for Research In Rheumatology (FOREUM); qualified EULAR Methodologist; member, scientific committee, EULAR Imaging Course. 

International roles (previous): President of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology (ISEMIR); Inaugural Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee on Musculoskeletal Imaging.

Has authored over 500 Pubmed listed publications, cited over 16,000 times.

Serves on a number of editorial boards for the leading rheumatology journals, and is co-editor of the current Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology.


  • Head of Institute

Research interests

My research covers a spectrum from translational studies through to large clinical trials and health services evaluation. My major research interests are in understanding pathogenesis and improving the therapies for common arthritides especially osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. I have a special interest in outcome measurement and in the role of imaging (especially MRI) and optimising phenotype for detailed studies of pathogenesis and disease stratification for intervention. 




Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians (London)
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • American College of Rheumatology

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Complex interventions
  • Complex Interventions Division
  • Diagnostics and pathology
  • Frailty and elderly care
  • International health research
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Targets and therapies
  • Populations
  • Imaging
  • Inflammatory Musculoskeletal
  • Non-Inflammatory Musculoskeletal
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