Oliver Bird Centres recognised for excellence in rheumatic disease research

18 May 2011

Three of our Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme Centres have been awarded ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

The Musculoskeletal Research Collaboration at the University of Aberdeen, the Centre for Rheumatic Diseases at the University of Glasgow and the Musculoskeletal Research Group at Newcastle University are three of only 18 institutions across Europe to be named Centres of Excellence in Rheumatology.

EULAR is a Europe-wide organisation that aims to stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases. Its purpose in collating a register of top research centre is to develop a group of first-class research centres for active researchers, to enable exchange of fellows' research projects, and to link with Brussels.

Newcastle University’s Musculoskeletal Research Group has also been recognised by medical research charity Arthritis UK for its outstanding contribution to the charity as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Oliver Bird Programme 2009


Oliver Bird Programme students, alumni and academics. 

The Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme

The Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Newcastle are three of five Collaborative Centres through which we operate the Foundation’s Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme. We offer four year PhD training programmes, with the aim of building research capacity in rheumatic disease by developing a cohort of outstanding young research scientists. 

EULAR 2011 Congress

EULAR’s 2011 Congress will take place in London from 25-28 May at the Excel Centre. The congress provides a forum of for scientific (both clinical and basic), educational and social exchange between professionals involved in rheumatology, liaising with patient organisations, in order to achieve progress in the clinical care of patients with rheumatic diseases.