Musculoskeletal Medicine Research Group

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Introduction

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow (PAH) is now an established centre for musculoskeletal research. A variety of studies including audits, observational and complex interventional clinical trials have been completed at PAH in collaboration with local and regional partners.

The focus of the unit is to give PAH patients an opportunity to participate in clinical trials and have access to new/emerging therapies. Collaborations (local, regional and national) have resulted in continuous high quality research at PAH. Significant cost savings for the NHS have been possible as a result of the availability free drugs as part of clinical studies. Rheumatology research has promoted/stimulated research in other disciplines in the trust.

 

Current Research

BSRBR (BSR Biologics Register study) 43 patients recruited – twice PAH ranked top recruiting site - ongoing

RAMS (RA medication study) 52 patients recruited – ongoing

TABUL, ACTMOVE, ASCORE, ACTOBSERVE, RA COMPARE, GO- MORE – completed

STUDIES TO START SOON: SPIRIT 2 (RHBE, RHBF Psoriatic Arthritis – Ixekizumab studies)

Expression of interest submitted for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteoarthritis studies

 

Key members of Staff

Dr. Khalid Ahmed, Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Sarah Farrow, Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Amir Siddiqui, Speciality Doctor Rheumatology

Dr. Premila Kadaban, Speciality Doctor Rheumatology

Nikki Staines, Lead Research Nurse PAH

Patricia Lightman, Biologics Research Nurse

 

Contact Details

Dr. Khalid Ahmed 

Khalid.ahmed@pah.nhs.uk 

01279827420