Meet the team

Research team at UEA

Professor Alexander Macgregor

Professor Alexander Macgregor

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia


Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at UEA. He is a clinical rheumatologist with a research career that has focused on the epidemiology of chronic rheumatic diseases both from the perspective of aetiology and health services research. Chief Investigator for the Norfolk Arthritis Register. Close involvement with a number of national data projects, including the National Joint Register, CPRD, ELSA and UK Biobank.

Alexander Macgregor — University of East Anglia (

Dr Max Yates

Consultant Clinical Associate Professor


Co-investigator for the Norfolk Arthritis Register

Max Yates — University of East Anglia (

Jackie Chipping

Clinical Manager

Karen Durrant

Project Co-ordinator
Dr Jack Dainty

Dr Jack Dainty

Senior Research Associate in Epidemiology


Research statistician, data analyst and programmer with expertise in managing large datasets including UK Biobank, NJR and HES. He has specific expertise in nutritional epidemiology and bioinformatics.

Jack Dainty — University of East Anglia (

Research team at the University of Manchester

Dr Suzanne Verstappen

Reader in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology


A Reader in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology in the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, School of Biological Sciences. Suzanne is an Epidemiologist with a main research interest in the longterm outcomes such as worker productivity loss, functional disability and co-morbidities and its predictors in patients with adult and juvenile onset inflammatory arthritis.

Suzan is also the Director of Social Responsibility in the School of Biological Sciences and organiser of the in-house Centre for Musculoskeletal Research Basic Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics course.

Dr Suzanne Verstappen | The University of Manchester

Dr James Gwinnutt

MRC Skills Development Fellow


My current research interests include long-term outcomes in patients with inflammatory arthritis, for example disability, surgery and mortality. I am interested in longitudinal analysis techniques, latent class analysis and structural equation modelling. Due to my background in psychology, I am also interested in the long-term psychological consequences of having a rheumatic condition.

I am Deputy Social Responsibility Lead in the Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences and the co-lead of the Epidemiology module of the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology.

Dr James Gwinnutt | The University of Manchester

Dr Jennifer Humphreys

Presidential Senior Clinical Fellow


Dr Jennifer Humphries | University of Manchester