UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


UCL scientist awarded Kennedy Trust Fellowship

15 July 2022

The Kennedy Trust has welcomed UCL researcher Dr Elizabeth Rosser onto its prestigious Senior Research Fellowship scheme. The five-year fellowships carries a funding award of up to £2.5M to support Dr Rosser's research into paediatric and adolescent rheumatic disease.

Dr Lizzy Rosser

Dr Rosser joins four other Kennedy Trust Fellows, including Dr Sinisa Savic from the the University of Leeds, who also received a 2022 Fellowship. 

Dr Rosser has previously been the recipient of two competitive fellowships (Versus Arthritis, Medical Research Foundation) to carry out her work in the Centre for Rheumatology, UCL and Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology Versus Arthritis at UCL, UCLH and GOSH. Her research will investigate the challenging question of how the gut-microbiota and dietary-derived metabolites impact B cell function in paediatric and adolescent rheumatic disease. As part of her Kennedy Senior Fellowship, she will build on this work to identify which metabolites are supporting the pathogenic function of B cells in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

Dr Rosser said “I am delighted to be awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Kennedy Trust investigating novel pathogenic mechanisms in JIA, especially in an area of research we know is important to our patient populations – understanding if there is an interaction between the diet, gut-microbiota and the development of inflammatory immune responses.”

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