Dr Ai Lyn Tan

Dr Ai Lyn Tan

Profile

I am a University College Cork medical graduate; I have been in academic rheumatology in Leeds since 2001, and was awarded Young Investigator Awards from the British Society for Rheumatology and the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology.

I was one of the first NIHR Clinical Lecturers after being awarded an MD degree with commendation for my work on ‘The use of MRI to investigate anatomical factors in inflammatory and degenerative arthritis and their mechanisms of damage’. This thesis used conventional and high-resolution MRI and histology to explore the hypothesis that joint-specific anatomical factors, especially the hand joint collateral ligaments, have a prominent role in the phenotypic expression of these common arthritides such as rheumatoid, psoriatic and osteoarthritis. I then held the NIHR Clinician Scientist Award to study High-resolution MRI on the role of ligaments in symptom and anatomic expression, and diagnosis of hand osteoarthritis.

My main research interests include osteoarthritis and early inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, muscle conditions, high-resolution imaging techniques: MRI, ultrasound and positron emission tomography (supported by the British Medical Association Doris Hillier Award). I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals and given invited plenary lectures in these areas, and oversees several research projects including clinical trials as principal investigator.

Experienced in musculoskeletal ultrasonography, I contribute a major role to the department’s Rheumatoid Arthritis DiseAse Research (RADAR) programme for early imflammatory arthritis patients by managing the programme and offering patients regular ultrasound diagnosis and monitoring of disease

I am an active member of the medical community on twitter, where I share medical and scientific knowledge, and promote physical activity for health, and have lectured about my experience globally.

Research interests

My main research interests include osteoarthritis and early inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, muscle conditions, high resolution imaging techniques: MRI, ultrasound and positron emission tomography (supported by the British Medical Association Doris Hillier Award).

Qualifications

  • MB BCh BAO (Ireland)
  • BMedSc (Ireland)
  • MRCP (Edinburgh, UK)
  • MD (Leeds, UK)
  • PG Cert Clin Ed (Leeds, UK)

Student education

I supervise PhD projects in imaging in arthritis and muscle. I teach and assess first and final year medical students. I am a postgraduate research tutor for LIRMM

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Diagnostics and pathology
  • Musculoskeletal disease
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