Professor Philip Conaghan is Director of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (a EULAR Centre of Excellence) at the University of Leeds and Deputy Director of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre. His research focuses on understanding pathogenesis and developing effective therapies for common arthritis and joint problems. He is an executive member of the international outcomes group OMERACT, was inaugural Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee on Musculoskeletal Imaging and previously chaired UK NICE osteoarthritis clinical guidance. He is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology and has authored/co-authored over 600 publications as original research, reviews and book chapters. He had received the international Carol Nachman award for Rheumatology and the OARSI Clinical Research award.