Bath Voice News: open day on Saturday 25th March at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases

This is a press release from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases

On Saturday 25th March the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in conjunction with The University of Bath, sponsor GW4, the British Academy and the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD), are hosting a Rheumatic Diseases Research Open Day at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) in Bath. The event has been created to interest members of the public, patients with rheumatic diseases and British Academy Early Career Researchers who are interested in rheumatic disease research. 

The Open Day will feature senior speakers from the field of Rheumatology including Professor Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist from the RNHRD speaking on axial spondyloarthritis, Jen Pearson talking on fibromyalgia, Mel Brooke from the Bath institute for Rheumatic Diseases will talk about the patient perspective, Ben Davies will be talking about pain and related issues. Other presentations include Romy Schwabe talking on spinal mobilisation and Ben Mulhearn speaking about inflammation and blood vessels and the event concludes with a question and answer session with the audience.  

Interactive workshops and talks are available for visitors to attend free of charge as well as an exhibition displaying scientific posters where visitors can talk to researchers and ask questions about their work. Researchers who are keen to learn more or get involved with research into rheumatic diseases are also invited to drop in to the Open Day.   

The rheumatic disease research featured in the exhibition will include scientific posters on Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Covid and Vasculitis and Artificial Intelligence.

Ben Mulhearn, Consultant at RNHRD, Bath said of the event: “This event is an ideal networking event for British Academy early career researchers as it will highlight the research currently ongoing into rheumatic diseases between the University of Bath and the RNHRD. It also aims to bring together members of the public and patients with those who are carrying out research, as well as allowing researchers to exchange ideas and discuss future research proposals.”

Mel Brooke, Patient and Public Engagement programme director for BIRD said: “We are thrilled to be involved in this stimulating event on research into rheumatic diseases. It is wonderful to be able to share the results of recent research into treatments for rheumatic diseases with a wider patient audience through this event.  The team at BIRD work to support RNHRD patients and help them understand their condition better by sharing the latest research and treatments available, I’m sure this event will be of great interest to local patients who attend the hospital.”

To find out about this free event 11-4pm on 25th March or book seats for talks and workshops visit or send an email to  No tickets are required to visit the free exhibition of research posters.

To learn more about the charitable work of the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases visit