Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Fraser Birrell

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Background

Title of current posts         

  • Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
  • Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust                All May 2002-

Area of expertise

Translational Epidemiology

Osteoarthritis- biomarkers and treatment

Musculoskeletal Ageing

Group Consultations (aka Group Clinics; Academic Lead of Shared Medical Appointments UK)

Patient Engagement (Engagement Lead for CIMA) 

Funding

My role is 6 sessions clinical, 3 sessions undergraduate teaching (SIFT), 2 sessions postgraduate teaching & research (Degree Programme Director Masters of Clinical Research) & 0.5 session CLRN. There is agreement through the PDR process & appraisal to increase research time. I am both clinically qualified and clinically active.

Employment History

Specialist Registrar to: Dr PA Sanders, Dr B Pal & Dr A Ismail, Rheumatology,

South Manchester University Hospitals

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, arc Epidemiology Unit (now ARUK)                                 Aug 2001-April 2002

Specialist Registrar to: Dr RM Bernstein & Dr I Bruce, Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, arc Epidemiology Unit (now ARUK)                                 Feb 2000-July 2001

Clinical Epidemiology Training Fellow: Professor AJ Silman (supervisor) & Dr GJ Macfarlane (adviser)          

                                arc Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester (now ARUK)                  Feb 1997-Jan 2000

Registrar to: Dr RC Butler & Dr AF Macleod, Rheumatology & General Medicine/Endocrinology, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry  Feb 1996-Jan 1997

Registrar to: Dr T Price, Dr TP Sheeran & Dr AB Hassell, Dr J Gibson, Dr J Elizabeth

Rheumatology & General/Elderly Medicine, Cannock Chase Hospital                                     Feb 1995-Jan 1996

Senior House Officer to: Prof. J Walls, Dr J Feehally, Dr K Harris & Dr G Warwick

                                Nephrology, Leicester General Hospital                                                                          Aug 1994-Jan 1995

Senior House Officer to: Prof. DB Barnett, Dr KL Woods & Dr LL Ng

                                Clinical Pharmacology & Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary                                        Feb-July 1994

Senior House Officer to: Prof. David de Bono & Dr PJB Hubner

                                Cardiology, Groby Road Hospital & Glenfield General Hospital                             Aug 1993-Jan 1994

Senior House Officer to:  Dr DR Ives, Medicine for the Elderly, Leicester Royal Infirmary                            May-July 1993

Senior House Officer to: Dr MA Stern & Dr A Scriven. Medicine, Immunology & Cardiology,
                                Leicester General Hospital                                                                                             Feb-April 1993

Pre-registration House Surgeon to: Mr DNL Ralphs, Mr BA Ross & Mr R Vaughan.

                                General & Thoracic Surgery, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital                                       Aug 1992-Jan 1993

Pre-registration House Physician to:  Dr G Neale, Dr JO Hunter  Dr BL Hazleman, Dr AJ Crisp & Dr JR Jenner,                            Medicine, Gastroenterology & Rheumatology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital                                        Feb-July 1992

                                               

Education

Secondary: The Manchester Grammar School                                                              1979-

Undergraduate: Emmanuel College, Cambridge                                                           1986-

Clinical School: Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge                                                                  1989-

Leicester SHO Rotation in Medicine                                                                              1993-

North Midlands Specialist Registrar Rotation in Rheumatology                                    1995-

PhD: ARUK Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester                                            1997-

North West Specialist Registrar Rotation in Rheumatology                                          2000-2

Postgraduate Certificate & Diploma in Clinical Education                                             2004-9

 

Qualifications:

BA (Hon’s, Med Sci Tripos, Cantab. IIi) Part II Physiology                                            1989

MB, B Chir (Cantab.)                                                                                                     1991

MA (Hon’s, Cantab.)                                                                                                      1993

MRCP (UK)                                                                                                                    1994

FRCP (RCP London)                                                                                                     2007

PhD (Manchester)                                                                                                          2000

Certificate & Diploma of Clinical Education (Newcastle)                                               ,2004 & 2009

Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy                                                    2018

Research

Prizes

  • LEA Scholarship to Manchester Grammar School
  • Junior & Senior Exhibitions, Emmanuel College
  • Fisons Prize, Paed’s Dept, Addenbrooke’s (for paper on Cystic Fibrosis)
  • Desmond Hawkins Award, University of Cambridge
  • Commonwealth Foundation Elective Bursary
  • 3M Elective Competition, First prize (Cambridge)
  • Leicester Hospitals Case Presentation Competition, First Prize
  • (for presentation on Wegener’s granulomatosis)
  • arc/ARUK Clinical Epidemiology Training Fellowship
  • British Society for Rheumatology Young Investigator Award 
    (for research on progression of hip osteoarthritis)
  • BSR Innovation in Development Award (for Group Clinic pilot)


My research students have also been awarded:

  1. British Society for Rheumatology Young Investigator; OARSI Young Investigator; DOHAD Young Investigator; EULAR bursary; ARUK Primary Care regional & national prizes; Zeshan-Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education

 

Recent & Current Grants

PROvision of braces for Patients with knee OsteoArthritis (PROP OA): a randomised controlled trial

National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Commissioned Call: 16/160 Knee Braces in the Management of Knee Osteoarthritis

01/09/18-30/08/22

Co-applicant & Principal Investigator for Northumbria Site (1 of 3 sites; CI: Prof George Peat, Keele)

£1,377,543

 

Are microRNAs a molecular clock for biological and musculoskeletal ageing? The Newcastle Thousand Families Study (NTFS)

National Institute for Health Research Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre Project Grant

05/02/18-04/08/19

Principal Investigator

£60,824.87

 

Industry Partnership HTG

Loan equipment provided by HTG (equipment value £120,000)

Partnership discount saving on Edgeseq analysis= £750-£125=£625 per sample (for 390 samples) = £243,750

Training & support £10,000

 

Group Consultations; a potential solution to the workforce crisis in primary care.

Health Education England NE

1/11/17-31/10/18

Joint Principal Investigator

£49,500

 

Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) Renewal

Medical Research Council & Arthritis Research UK

01/06/17-31/05/22

Co-investigator: Engagement Lead

£1,999,998.00 (FEC £2.45m)

 

CIMA equipment award (Qubit™ fluorometric quantitation)

Medical Research Council & Arthritis Research UK

Co-investigator (with Tania Jones & David Young)

12/12/16

£2,515.20

 

PROMOTE: a trial to treat painful knee osteoarthritis

Arthritis Research UK

Principal Investigator for multicentre study (Philip Conaghan CI)

01/10/2012-30/9/2018

£1,200,471.90

 

HERO: does hydroxychloroquine provide effective pain relief for people with hand osteoarthritis?

Arthritis Research UK

Principal Investigator for multicentre study

01/09/2011-31/8/2015

£900,692.45

 

Arthritis Research UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre- Newcastle

Arthritis Research UK

Co-Investigator

01/07/2012-30/06/2018

£375,000.00

 

CIMA Clinical Fellowship: Lifecourse influences on the development of structural changes on pMRI

Arthritis Research UK & Medical Research Council

Chief Investigator

01/09/2014-31/8/2015

£35,592.00

 

A pilot study to investigate the role of CILP in predicting the development of Osteoarthritis

NIHR BRC for Ageing

Collaborator

01/07/2014-30/06/2015

£21,158.34

 

X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) for human and veterinary biomechanics

Medical Research Council

Co-Investigator (Lead for Newcastle; Karl Bates CI)

September 2013

£657,000

Publications