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Public and Patient Involvement

The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease is committed to working in partnership with the public to shape our research and give people an opportunity to directly interact with, and learn about our research.

The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease is proud to support a range of public outreach and engagement activities. We believe that ensuring that our research is accessible to those outside of our Institute is beneficial, not just for those able to learn about our work, but in guiding the focus of our research, ensuring that we are constantly referencing real world problems when formulating our hypothesis and applying strategies.

We are also committed to ensuring that we are engaging with children at a young age to sow the seed of curiosity for science. We engage with local schools - particularly those school in underprivileged areas, whose students may have diminished opportunities and pathways to higher education - to arrange events such as lab visits, interactive presentations and open days.



Patient Involvement Panel (PIP) 


The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease Musculoskeletal Biology Patient Involvement Panel (PIP) was established in 2017.

Chaired by Dr Helen Wright, the panel is a way for our researchers to access the valuable input of patients into their work.

Meetings are held 3 times a year with the aim of:

  • Providing a new pair of eyes for reseach ideas
  • Helping researchers to write lay summaries
  • Reviewing applications to funders that require public involvement 
  • Helping researchers present their research in an easy to understand manner

Our panel is made up of around 10 patient insight partners who together have personal or family experience of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis 
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Behçets Disease
  • Myositis 
  • Fibromyalgia

For more information on the activities of the PIP or how to become a patient insight partner, please contact