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Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR)


Arthritis Research Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology has set up a steering committee to advise on the oversight, development and review of a portfolio of research for adolescents and young adults (AYA) aged 10-24 in the UK. In tribute to the pioneering work of Barbara Ansell in this field, the group is called the Barbara Ansell National Network for Young Adult Rheumatology – BANNAR. The network has a wide range of membership and prioritises young peoples’ involvement in research.

The initial development of BANNAR was overseen by an interim organising committee of adolescent rheumatology professionals in close collaboration with Arthritis Research UK and terms of reference for BANNAR’s remit have been developed.


BANNAR had a call for membership in Spring 2013 which has resulted in a network of interested and committed professionals from both paediatric and adult rheumatology, to help guide research in the field of adolescent rheumatology. BANNAR’s first project is underway and involves the effective participation of young people in research. The inaugural meeting of BANNAR took place in October 2013 where the Chair, Dr Rachel Tattersall was elected.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Dr Rachel Tattersall rachel.s.tattersall@sth.nhs.uk or Research Facilitator, Laura Kassoumeri l.kassoumeri@ucl.ac.uk

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