Professor Philip Conaghan

Professor Philip Conaghan


I am Director of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre; Prof of Musculoskeletal Medicine for UoL, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist for LTHT; NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus. My current national roles include; Chair of several Trial Steering Committees and Data Monitoring Committees, member of NICE Expert Advisor Panel and Trustee of Primary Care Rheumatology Society.

My prior national roles included; Chair of NICE OA Clinical Guidance, 2008 and 2014, Chair of the Arthritis Research UK Osteoarthritis and Crystal Disorders Clinical Studies Group, 2007 – 2017, responsible for national research priority setting.

My current international roles include; Deputy Chair of the international outcomes group OMERACT, qualified EULAR Methodologist, member of scientific committee and EULAR Imaging Course. 

My prior international roles included; Inaugural Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee on Musculoskeletal Imaging, Treasurer for the European Foundation for Research In Rheumatology (FOREUM) and President of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology (ISEMIR)

I have authored over 650 Pubmed listed publications, cited over 40,000 time, serve on a number of editorial boards for leading rheumatology journals, and am co-editor of the current Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology.


  • Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine

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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