Career History

  • 1994 - Consultant Rheumatologist, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • 1992 – 1994 Senior Registrar in Rheumatology NNUH, Norwich
  • 1990 – 1992 Senior Registrar in Rheumatology Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • 1988 – 1990 Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Registrar University College, London

Academic Background

  • 1978 BA (Oxon) Physiological Sciences Class 2
  • 1982 BM BCh (Oxon)
  • 1982 MA (Oxon)
  • 1985 MRCP (UK)
  • 1991 DM (Oxon)
  • 1999 FRCP (London)

All Publications

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Mooney, J., Watts, R. A.

(2017)

Educating people with rare rheumatological conditions: Patients deserve better,

in Rheumatology

56

(12)

pp. 2042–2043

Full Text

(Editorial)

(Published)


Watts, R. A., Robson, J., Pearce, F.

(2017)

The global burden of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody vasculitis: High but unquantified,

in Rheumatology

56

(9)

pp. 1439–1440

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(Editorial)

(Published)


Yates, M., MacGregor, A. J., Robson, J., Craven, A., Merkel, P. A., Luqmani, R. A., Watts, R. A.

(2017)

The association of vascular risk factors with visual loss in giant cell arteritis,

in Rheumatology

56

(4)

pp. 524-528

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Yates, M., Watts, R.

(2017)

ANCA-associated vasculitis,

in Clinical Medicine

17

(1)

pp. 60-64

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Yates, M., Watts, R. A., Swords, F., MacGregor, A. J.

(2017)

Glucocorticoid withdrawal in polymyalgia rheumatica: the theory versus the practice,

in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

35

pp. 1-2

Full Text

(Editorial)

(Published)


Yates, M., Watts, R. A., Bajema, I. M., Cid, M. C., Crestani, B., Hauser, T., Hellmich, B., Holle, J. U., Laudien, M., Little, M. A., Luqmani, R. A., Mahr, A., Merkel, P. A., Mills, J., Mooney, J., Segelmark, M., Tesar, V., Westmann, K., Vaglio, A., Yalçındağ, N., Jayne, D. R., Mukhtyar, C.

(2016)

EULAR/ERA-EDTA recommendations for the management of ANCA-associated vasculitis,

in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

75

(9)

pp. 1583-1594

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Yates, M., Graham, K., Watts, R. A., MacGregor, A. J.

(2016)

The prevalence of giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica in a UK primary care population,

in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

17

article no. 285

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Watts, R., Scott, D. (ed.)

(2015)

Landmarks in Rheumatology,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-968837-1

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Yates, M., Graham, K., Watts, R., Macgregor, A.

(2015)

The Prevalence of Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica in a UK Primary Care Population,

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Yates, M., MacGregor, A. J., Watts, R. A., O'Sullivan, E.

(2015)

The missing picture: Blindness in giant cell arteritis,

in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

33

(2)

pp. 3-4

(Editorial)

(Published)


Watts, R. A., Macgregor, A., Mackie, S. L.

(2015)

HLA allele variation as a potential explanation for the geographical distribution of granulomatosis with polyangiitis,

in Rheumatology

54

(2)

pp. 359-362

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Watts, R. A., Mooney, J., Barton, G., MacGregor, A. J., Shepstone, L., Irvine, L., Scott, D. G. I.

(2015)

The outcome and cost-effectiveness of nurse-led care in the community for people with rheumatoid arthritis: a non-randomised pragmatic study,

in BMJ Open

5

(8)

article no. e007696

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Watts, R. A. (ed.), Scott, D. G. (ed.), Mukhtyar, C. (ed.)

(2015)

Vasculitis in Clinical Practice,

Springer Verlag

ISBN 978-3-31914870

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Yates, M., Pickup, L., Igali, L., Mukhtyar, C., Watts, R., Macgregor, A.

(2014)

Giant cell arteritis—over diagnosed?,

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Yates, M., Loke, Y. K., Watts, R. A., Macgregor, A. J.

(2014)

Prednisolone combined with adjunctive immunosuppression is not superior to prednisolone alone in terms of efficacy and safety in giant cell arteritis: meta-analysis,

in Clinical Rheumatology

33

(2)

pp. 227-236

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Ntatsaki, E., Mooney, J., Scott, D. G. I., Watts, R. A.

(2014)

Systemic rheumatoid vasculitis in the era of modern immunosuppressive therapy,

in Rheumatology

53

(1)

pp. 145-152

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Ntatsaki, E., Carruthers, D., Chakravarty, K., D'cruz, D., Harper, L., Jayne, D., Luqmani, R., Mooney, J., Venning, M., Watts, R. A.

(2014)

BSR and BHPR guideline for the management of adults with ANCA-associated vasculitis,

in Rheumatology

53

(12)

pp. 2306-2309

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Mooney, J., Spalding, N., Poland, F., Grayson, P., Leduc, R., Mcalear, C. A., Richesson, R. L., Shereff, D., Merkel, P. A., Watts, R. A.

(2014)

The informational needs of patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis--development of an informational needs questionnaire,

in Rheumatology

53

(8)

pp. 1414-1421

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Scott, D., Watts, R.

(2013)

Epidemiology and clinical features of systematic vasculitis,

in Clinical and Experimental Nephrology

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(5)

pp. 607-610

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Watts, R. A., Scott, D. G.

(2013)

L32. ANCA vasculitis over the world. What do we learn from country differences?,

in La Presse Médicale

42

(4 Pt 2)

pp. 591-3

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Key Research Interests

My major research interest is the aetiopathogenesis, epidemiology, classification and treatment of various types of systemic vasculitis. Current studies:

DCVAS: Establishment of the DCVAS study on development of new classification and diagnostic criteria for systemic vasculitis.

Substudies i) investigating influence of ethnicity on disease phenotype and geoepidemiology, ii) role smoking on disease phenotype and outcome, iii) costs of vasculitis diagnosis

DELAYS IN VASCULITIS DIAGNOSIS: Developing project to investigate reasons for delay in diagnosis of vasculitis in primary and secondary care using CPRD general practice database

NORVAS: I continue to lead the NORVAS study on the epidemiology of vasculitis in Norfolk. This has now been running for 23 years and we have completed a 23-year analysis.

GENVAS: I am leading this nationwide study collecting DNA from AAV patients for genetic studies

GCANS: I am leading the setting up of this project to study the epidemiology and outcomes of giant cell arteritis (GCA). This will link with the EPIC-NORFOLK study which will provide prospectively collected data on risk factors for GCA.

IVIE: I am the Chief Investigator for this study. This will investigate the informational needs of carers of vasculitis patients, and is an extension of previous work.

UKIVAS: I am one of the two convenors of UK vasculitis network, which aims to develop a national network of linked vasculitis researchers with aim of developing new projects. 

Research Group Membership

Population Health

Teaching Interests

Clinical teaching to undergraduates medical students at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Postgraduate teaching to trainees studying for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicans

Postgraduate teaching to specialist trainess in general mediciane and rheumatology

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • ORGANISING COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

    • Cambridge Vasculitis - Aims of Therapy  International meeting Sept 1999
    • Cambridge - Aims of Therapy 2 – Sept 2004
    • Cambridge 3rd International conference on giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica. Member local organising committee July 2005
    • Member Abstract Selection committee American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. New Orleans Oct 2002. Session Moderator Vasculitis: Novel Treatments and Pathogenesis.
    • Harmonisation of the classification of vasculitis for epidemiological studies. Funded by European Medicines Agency. London Setember 2004
    • Harmonisation of the classification of vasculitis for epidemiological studies. Workshop. Funded by European Medicines Agency. London January 2006
    • EULAR/ACR working group on definitions and classification of vasculitis. Coconvened with Dr Rashid Luqmani. Zurich March and December 2008
    • Member Abstract Selection committee American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. San Francisco Oct 2008
    • Member International Scientific Committee. 14th International Vasculitis and ANCA workshop. Copenhagen June 2009
    • Member Abstract Selection committee American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Philadelphia Oct 2009
    • European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)Member scientific organising committee 2008-12
    • Member Abstract Selection committee American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Atlanta Oct 2010
    • Member International Consensus Conference of Nomenclature of Systemic Vasculitis Chapel Hill May 2011.
    • International Faculty Member Asia-Pacific Meeting of Vasculitis and ANCA workshop. Tokyo March 2012.
    • Member International Scientific Committee. 16th International Vasculitis and ANCA workshop. Paris April 2013
    • Member Local Organising Committee. 17th International Vasculitis and ANCA workshop. London April 2015

     

     

     

    EDITORIAL BOARD WORK

    • Editor-in-chief                   Rheumatology 2002 – 2008
    • Founder Editor-in-chief    Oxford Medical Case Reports 2013-
    • Section Editor                   Oxford Textbook of Medicine 6th Ed
    • Guest Editor                     Best Practice in Clinical Rheumatology ‘How to Investigate’ 2015
    • Editorial Board                  Quarterly Journal of Medicine 2008-

                                                    Indian Journal of Rheumatology 2013-

     

    • Reviewing                      Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

                                                    Rheumatology

                                                    Journal of Rheumatology

                                                    Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

                                                    Arthritis and Rheumatology        

                                                    Quarterly Journal of Medicine

                                                    Postgraduate Medical Journal

     

  •    Grant Reviewing

  • Arthritis Research UK

  • MRC                                                                             

    ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

    International Committees

    • Member of European League Against Rheumatism Scientific Committee 2009-12

    National Committees

    • Arthritis Research Campaign Clinical Advisor  1998-2002
    •  Convenor British Society for Rheumatology Special Interest Group in Vasculitis 1997-2003
    • Co-convenor BSR Working group Guidelines for treatment of vasculitis 2005-2006
      • Co-convenor ARMA Standards of Care Committee for Connective tissue diseases 2005-2006
      • Member Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2002-2008
      • ARMA Standards of Care Reference group 2006 –2008
      • Chair elect Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2008 – 2009
      • Member British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register Strategic Review Group 2010
      • Royal College of Physicians Regional Specialty Advisor in Rheumatology 1996-2012
        • Medical advisor to National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society 2002-
        • Member Executive Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2002-2012
        • Member Council British Society for Rheumatology 2002-2012
        • Chair Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2009-2012
        • Convenor BSR Guideline working group on systemic vasculitis 2011-2013
        • Member NHS Clinical Reference group complex rheumatic disease 2013-
        • Honorary Librarian to the British Society for Rheumatology 2015 -

     

    Clinical Trial Committees

    • Member data monitoring committee PEXIVAS 2010-
    • Member data monitoring committee OPTTIRA 2010-
    • Chair trial steering committee ANSWERS 2010-2013
    • Chair data monitoring committee TITRATE 2013-

     

    Regional Committees

    • Program Director Rheumatology Training East Anglian Deanery 1995-2001
    • Chair Board Norfolk and Suffolk CLRN 2007-2011
    • Member regional higher ACCEA committee 2007-12
    • Member Executive Group Norfolk and Suffolk CLRN 2007 - 2013
    • Chair East Anglian Rheumatology Society 2008-2012
    • Chair Musculoskeletal Specialty Group Norfolk and Suffolk CLRN 2011-2014
    • Nominated representative Ipswich Hospital to Partnership Group Clinical Research Network Eastern 2014-

     

Professional Activities

  • Honorary Librarian to the British Society for Rheumatology 2015 -
  • Member NHS Clinical Reference group complex rheumatic disease 2013-
  • Convenor BSR Guideline working group on systemic vasculitis 2011-2013
  • Chair Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2009-2012
  • Member Council British Society for Rheumatology 2002-2012
  • Member Executive Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2002-2012
  • Royal College of Physicians Regional Specialty Advisor in Rheumatology 1996-2012
  • Medical advisor to National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society 2002-
  • Member Executive Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2002-
  • Member Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2002-
  • Program Director Rheumatology Training East Anglian Deanery 1995-2001
  • Member British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register Strategic Review Group 2010
  • Chair elect Heberden Committee British Society for Rheumatology 2008 – 2009
  • ARMA Standards of Care Reference group 2006 –2008
  • Arthritis Research Campaign Clinical Advisor  1998-2002
  • Convenor British Society for Rheumatology Special Interest Group in Vasculitis 1997-2003
  • Co-convenor BSR Working group Guidelines for treatment of vasculitis 2005-2006
  • Co-convenor ARMA Standards of Care Committee for Connective tissue diseases 2005-2006