Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative

Professor Paul Emery

Musculoskeletal Disease Theme Lead


Paul Emery is the Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, University of Leeds, and Director of the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, UK.

Professor Emery held the position of President of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) from 2009 to 2011. He is chair of the executive committee of FOREUM the European Research Foundation. He has served on the editorial boards of all the major rheumatology journals. He was inaugural President of the International Society of Extremity MRI in Rheumatology (ISEMIR). He has been a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator since 2008. Professor Emery is a recipient of the Roche Biennial Award for Clinical Rheumatology; the Rheumatology Hospital Doctor of the Year Award for 1999; and EULAR prize for outstanding contribution to rheumatology research for 2002. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Carol Nachman Prize.

Professor Emery’s research interests centre around the immunopathogenesis and immunotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic disease and connective tissue diseases. The use of sensitive in imaging, US and MRI, has been developed in Leeds under his leadership. He has a special interest in the factors leading to persistent inflammation. Having pioneered early intervention in inflammatory arthritis to achieve remission, he has now developed arthritis prevention approaches.

He has published >1000 peer-reviewed articles in this area and has an h-factor of >100 and is the most highly cited rheumatologist.