Members of the Research Team:
Dr Oksana Kehoe (Lead), Miss Mairead Hyland and Miss Rebecca Davies
Dr Roshan Amarasena (Lead), Dr Rob Butler and Dr Ayman Askari
Our team has continued to be active this year carrying out basic science work into understanding mechanisms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progression and possible treatments.
We are very fortunate in RJAH to be able to work closely with clinicians who themselves are very interested in research.
We have been publishing our findings in Cells and Scientific Reports and have presented our work at several national and international meetings such as the Mercia Stem Cell Alliance Annual Scientific Meeting, December 2019, Chester; the UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles Annual Forum, December 2019, London (Figure 1); the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles Annual Meeting, April 2020, USA; the joint meeting of German Society for Extracellular Vesicles and the UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles, September 2020 (virtual event).
We are very grateful to the Institute of Orthopaedics, Oswestry for their continuous support.
The projects which we are currently working are explained below. Some of our projects did not start due to the COVID-19 pandemic (ASPIRE project funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, North Staffordshire Medical Institute, National Institute for Health Research and Keele School of Medicine).