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New Rheumatology Unit Opens

A new Rheumatology Unit named after the first Professor of Rheumatology in the UK will be opened by his widow on Friday 20th April 2007 at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI). Professor Kellgren, former Dean of the Medical School, helped establish the first University Department of Rheumatology in the country at the MRI in the late 1940s. This department has been and continues to be at the cutting edge of research into rheumatic conditions. The team based at The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology will treat patients from the local area as well providing a specialist rheumatology service to the North West of England for less common rheumatic complaints such as lupus, vasculitis and Bechet’s disease. They also have a large ongoing research programme that continues to lead the way in research as developing excellence in clinical service for 21st century healthcare. Dr Ian Bruce, Consultant Rheumatologist says: “Professor Kellgren was a pioneer in this field. We hope to be able to follow his example, while continuing to provide an excellent service for our patients in a modern, purpose built environment. I am delighted that Mrs Kellgren has agreed to formally open our new Unit. In following in the traditions of excellence established over the years by previous consultants such as Professor Kellgren, we can move forward into the 21st century confident that we are now able to do more and more for patients with arthritis to relieve their pain and disability. Our vision is to eventually be able to move towards curing arthritis”. Rheumatology is about the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. Manchester rheumatology is well known internationally. The team at the MRI have clinical and research interests in the basic mechanisms and new treatments of rheumatic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus. The new department will house a team of doctors, specialist nurses, dedicated therapists and administrative staff who will be led by five consultants dedicated to treating patients with rheumatic conditions.