Paediatric & Adolescent Rheumatoid Arthritis / Drug Repurposing
Patricia Woo is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology and previous Head of the Centre for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology at UCL. Currently she is actively involved in SLMS Enterprise activities, especially repurposing. Her research areas have included clinical and basic research on childhood arthritis, dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, autoinflammatory syndromes and vasculitis, and translation into phase I/II clinical trials. Current research areas include genomic studies in juvenile arthritis and multisystem familial inflammatory diseases, and gene regulation.
After postdoctoral studies at Childrens' Hospital, Harvard, Boston, USA, she was appointed group head at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, becoming Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology within London University in 1994. She established Paediatric Rheumatology as a training speciality within the RCP, then RCPCH on its inauguration, and in UEMS within Europe. She co-founded the Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation in 1996, and also founded the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) in 1999 where she was president for the first six years. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, in 2001. She was awarded a CBE in 2005 for services to medicine by the Queen, and life time achievement awards by the American College of Rheumatology in 2011 and by PReS in 2013.
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