Myositis expert becomes Professor

Consultant Rheumatologist at Salford Royal Hector Chinoy has been awarded a personal Chair by The University of Manchester.

He has been appointed Professor of Rheumatology and Neuromuscular Disease at the University, where he conducts an active programme of research within the NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Centre.

His main research interest is in the investigation of genetic and environmental risk factors in inflammatory muscle disease, or myositis, and he’s recognised globally as an expert in this. His research is supported through Salford Royal’s adult neuromuscular clinic where patients can be offered the opportunity to take part in major studies and he also runs general rheumatology and combined psoriasis/psoriatic clinics. He has worked at Salford Royal since 2001.

Professor Chinoy is principal investigator of a UK Medical Research Council funded prospective myositis cohort collection called MYOPROSP.  He has also recently received funding and materials support from pharmaceutical company, Lilly, to conduct an innovative research study using the drug Baricitinib. He is co-chair of UKMYONET, a national network that fosters collaborative research in inflammatory myopathy, and chair of the Euromyositis registry, a consortium that collects standardised clinical data in over 30 countries.

At the University, he is actively involved with medical education of medical students and doctors and supervises a number of PhD and Masters students. He is also Programme Director for the Masters in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He has authored more than 120 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals, is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, and is the co-editor of the Oxford Rheumatology Library’s Myositis textbook.