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Professor John Kirwan

Professor John Kirwan

Professor John Kirwan
B.Sc., M.B., B.S. (Lond), M.D., FRCP(UK)

Emeritus Professor

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Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 342 2904

Research summary

I have worked on the best way to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatological conditions, particularly using low-dose glucocorticoids ("steroids") and how this may relate to the underlying pathology of the condition. I have also worked extensively on the best way of measuring the outcomes of treatment, and in particular to do so in a way which is rigorous but also relevant and meaningful for patients. This has led to publications on ways to interact with patients as partners in research and the promotion of patient and public involvement.


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Professor Kirwan trained in Rheumatology at The Royal London Hospital, where he also undertook his MD thesis working on assessment techniques in rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Kirwan coordinated the team that first showed unequivocally that glucocorticoids (often called “steroids”) are able to hold back the progress of rheumatoid arthritis. He was Head of the Academic Unit in Bristol from 1995 to 2014, and his research interests continue to centre on glucocorticoids (and new types of glucocorticoid treatment) and methods to engage patients as partners in research.

Professor Kirwan has also been instrumental in developing and testing new approaches to long term ...

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