04 February 2019
In a national competition, the Royal College of Physicians London awards a prestigious bursary to one rheumatologist a year. These bursaries were founded in 2006 by the family of the rheumatologist Dr John Glyn in his memory.
Dr Muhammad Nisar, Consultant Rheumatologist, is the latest recipient of the prize. Having established a great research portfolio in the Rheumatology department, he needed an international perspective. Hence this award was a golden opportunity for Dr Nisar to visit an overseas centre of excellence to learn how to set up a successful clinical trials unit.
Two units offered to host Dr Nisar to help acquire a truly transatlantic view of clinical research. He was invited to visit the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) centre of excellence Rheumatology & Immunology Centre in Amsterdam, both of which are world-renowned centres for Rheumatology research.
The aim of the visits was to help broaden Dr Nisar’s understanding of different models of conducting scientific research and apply this learning within our unit to shape the trajectory of clinical research and build a strong foundation for a research active hub.
He had a very successful visit to both organisations and brought back a wealth of ideas. Dr Nisar says “The whole experience taught me a lot about two different models of clinical research conducted with vigour and enthusiasm. I was inspired by the cohesiveness of the team and the thirst to unravel the mysteries of immune mediated inflammatory arthritis with the patient at the heart of their endeavours. I hope that these ideas will benefit patient and facilitate the early use of novel therapies otherwise unavailable on NHS.”