Within RACE we have established an outstanding multi-centre PhD, and post-doctoral training fellowship programme in which scientists and expertise can move seamlessly between groups, and to provide a unique national resource and programme for the development of future rheumatology research leaders. Each component builds on international pre-eminence and firmly established networks with other UK Centres and European leaders. We intend to continue to create a world-leading, first-in-class facility for the UK to enhance understanding of RA pathogenesis, and develop novel biomarkers and curative therapeutics.

The  RACE project delivers both post-graduate and post-doctoral programmes that offer a combination of geographically rotating placements, together with a programme of lectures, seminars and laboratory meetings.


We provide training in state-of-the-art technologies, encompassing several technologies, which will now be expanded to single cell analysis as the Kennedy  Institute joins RACE  . Via the MRC funded UK-IMID Biobank RACE members have access to external stakeholders including international experts, key opinion leaders and industrial partners and the industry standard tranSMART platform.

Research conferences are held three times a  year to allow our team to present their research findings and hear about the findings of others.            ‌  


In addition, our researchers plan to talk to patient organisations to share the progress they are making with them.

PhD Programme

In RACE we have developed a 3-year PhD programme for 12 students. Each student has spent time in at least 2 of the partner institutions, supported by 2 of the researchers. Topics studied are selected to meet the needs of the overall research programme. All 12 students are now in post, with the first cohort of four students having graduated.

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