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Dr Kirsten Mackay is a NIHR Clinical Research Network National Speciality Co-Lead for Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Dr Mackay read medicine at Bristol University and completed her rheumatology/general medicine training at a number of hospitals in the UK and abroad as well as working as a clinical lecturer for Oxford University. She now works as a consultant rheumatologist at Torbay Hospital in South Devon. Her areas of research interest are Spondyloarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, early inflammatory arthritis and biologic therapies. She has undertaken three years of research into the genetic susceptibility for Rheumatoid arthritis and also developed technology to help patients self-manage their conditions, recently winning a British Medical Association award for a rheumatology application she developed in 2018.
Dr Mackay has led the Torbay rheumatology trials unit since 2010 and been a Principal Investigator on over 40 trials in various diseases. She has been the Musculoskeletal Clinical Research Lead for CRN South West Peninsula since 2017.