Supporting individuals with musculoskeletal conditions to remain in work

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Start: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 @ 9:00 GMT

End: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 @ 10:30 GMT

About the speaker

Gary Macfarlane, BSc (Hons) MBChB PhD CStat MD (Hons) FFPHM, is Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Research Impact at the University of Aberdeen. He has also held the Chair in Epidemiology (Clinical) at The University of Aberdeen since 2005 and previously held the same post at The University of Manchester from 1999. He is an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Public Health in NHS Grampian. He trained in Statistics/ Computing Science and then Medicine at The University of Glasgow before undertaking his PhD at The University of Bristol. He worked at the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan before leading a programme of chronic pain research at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Manchester.

He leads the Epidemiology group at the University of Aberdeen which focusses its research in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD). The RMD programme has programmes of research on: mechanisms of disease onset and outcome (observational epidemiology), identifying effective management for RMDs (Clinical trials and evidence synthesis),  and designing optimal delivery of care (health services research). The clinical focus is on common complex conditions (including musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia, and early osteoarthritis), inflammatory conditions, and rare diseases. He currently has 11 active grants (4 as Chief Investigator, 2 as Deputy Chief Investigator) worth £11.1m. The group runs the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register in Ankylosing Spondylitis (BSRBR-AS) and the BSR register in Psoriatic Arthritis (BSR-PsA). We are also part of the Arthritis Research UK/Medical Research Council Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (of which Professor Macfarlane is Deputy Director). Professor Macfarlane is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.


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This online Workplace Health Breakfast Seminar is sponsored by Sanofi, Towergate Health & Protection, and Health Management, a MAXIMUS company.


C3 is partnering with RAND Europe and SOM to curate our series of workplace health seminars. These morning seminars will take place online via Zoom.