Osteoarthritis: patient observation in the community

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Posted on 11 January 2012

Professor George Peat, Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, will deliver the latest lecture in the University’s series of Inaugural Lectures for 2011-12. The lecture is titled “Osteoarthritis: patient observation in the community”, on Monday, 16 January, 2012

Recent advances in osteoarthritis have suggested a more proactive view of the condition by debunking traditional notions that it is simply “wear and tear”, “just your age”, and inevitably progressive. In this lecture, Professor Peat will draw on the experiences of observational studies undertaken in the past decade - involving local practitioners, patients and members of the public - to examine how patient observation in the community can contribute to better primary care for osteoarthritis.

George Peat joined the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele in 1999 as a full-time postdoctoral research fellow. He trained as a physiotherapist, qualifying in 1991 from Queen Margaret College, obtained his Masters in Public Health in 1992, and undertook his basic grade rotations in Edinburgh. In 1993 he moved to Manchester where he joined the internationally-renowned specialist multidisciplinary team at Manchester & Salford Pain Centre. His role combined clinical responsibilities in pain management with research on chronic low back pain, supervised by Professors Chris Main and Malcolm Jayson, and leading in 1998 to the award of D.Phil in Rheumatology from the University of Manchester.

Since joining Keele he has combined his interests in epidemiology and musculoskeletal pain in programmes of long-term observational research on osteoarthritis in the population and in primary care, leading a team of researchers collaborating with local clinicians, and securing over £3.5 million in external research income, including prestigious 5-year programme grants from the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, and Arthritis Research UK.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. Admission is free; no ticket is required.

The other lectures in the series are:

Tuesday, 7 February, 2012, Professor Gordon Hamilton, Life Sciences, "Sex pheromones of male insects and disease control"; Monday, 27 February, 2012, Professor Richard Luther, Politics, "Political Parties: who needs them?"; Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, Professor Robert Ladrech, Politics, "Political Parties and the European Project"; Tuesday, 17 April, 2012, Professor Robin Jeffries, Astrophysics, "A star is born"; Tuesday, 8 May, 2012, Professor Carole Thornley, Management, "Why are the low-paid always with us?"; Monday, 11 June,  2012, Professor Andy Hassell, Medicine, "The patient with arthritis, the medical student and the rheumatologist: influencing tomorrow's doctors".