Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Professor Fai Ng

Professor of Rheumatology



M.A., Ph.D., FRCP, CCT (Rheumatology)

 Role and Responsibilities

- Professor of Rheumatology, Newcastle University

- Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle upon TyneHospitals NHS Foundation Trust

- Deputy director, Clinical Research Facility, Royal Victoria Infirmary

- Co-director, Arthritis Research UK Newcastle Biomedicine Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre


- Royal College of Physicians, London

- British Society for Rheumatology

- British Society for Immunology

Honours and Awards

- Michael Mason Prize, British Society for Rheumatology (2015)

- MRC Clinician Scientist (2006-11, not taken up)

- Runner-up, Young Investigator Award, Medical Research Society

- Runner-up, Barbara Ansell Prize, Royal Society of Medicine

- Medawar Medal Finalist, British Society for Transplantation

- Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship


External Roles

- Co-convenor, EULAR Sjogren's syndrome experimental and investigative alliance (eSSENTIAL)

- Expert panel, European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Sjogren's Syndrome Study Group

- Trustee and Medical Council, British Sjogren's Syndrome Association 

- Steering Committee, Sjogren's syndrome clinical trial consortium, Sjogren's syndrome Foundation (US)

- Steering Committee, EU HarmonicSS Consortium

- Associate Editor, Rheumatology (Oxford University Press)

- Steering Committee, EULAR Best Practice in the Management of Sjogren's Syndrome Group 

- College of Experts, Arthritis Research UK 


Research Interests

To understand the cellular and moelcular mechanisms of Sjogren's syndrome, with particular reference to their relationship to the diverse clinical phenotypes/features (such as fatigue, lymphoma development, disease activity), and to translate this knowledge into strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Sjogren's syndrome and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.


Sjogren's syndrome, Fatigue, Stratified Medicine, Lymphoma

Current Work

1. To establish a world-leading bioresource for Sjogren's syndrome research - the UK primary Sjogren's syndrome registry ( - to promote and facilitate high quality research for the global research community in advancing the diagnosis and treatment of Sjogren's syndrome

2. To understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of primary Sjogren's syndrome, particularly the link to the symptom of fatigue.

3. To develop a stratified medicine approach to drug discovery and the management of primary Sjogren's syndrome 

4. To understand the role of microRNA in the pathogenesis of lymphoma


Medical Research Council

EU Horizon 2020

EU Innovative Medicine Initiatives

FOREUM (European)

Arthritis Research UK

British Sjogren's Syndrome Association

JGW Patterson Foundation Trust

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute of Health Research



Undergraduate Teaching

Musculoskeletal medicine - medical students

Sjogren's syndrome - Dental Students 

Postgraduate Teaching

Core Medical Trainees, NUTH 

Specialist trainees in Rheumatology