Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases

Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases

Supporting arthritis research, education & patient engagement

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Welcome

The Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD), a registered charity, exists to support arthritis research, education and patient engagement so that we can improve treatment for patients with rheumatic diseases. 

Rheumatology is the study and treatment of arthritis, including a number of autoimmune diseases, pain disorders affecting bones, joints, soft tissue and tendons.  There are more than 200 types of rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic sclerosis, lupus (SLE), Raynaud’s, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, gout, back pain, osteoporosis and tendinitis.

People of any age are affected, including children, but patient numbers are increasing with the number of older people in the population.  These diseases are the cause of great pain and suffering and one of the main causes of disability in Britain. In the long term, our work helps almost everyone, because only one person in fifty escapes some form of rheumatic complaint in their lives.

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Research Funding

We make ‘pump priming’ grants to support research in the field of bone and joint diseases and fund the training of PhD students, clinical research fellows and post-doctoral research assistants.

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Professional Education

We provide free educational and professional development opportunities, such as conferences and courses on the impact of bone and joint diseases for healthcare professionals.

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Patient Engagement

We run a programme of Patient and Public Engagement which supports patients, their families and carers with the latest information in their diseases areas and involves them in research.

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We make ‘pump priming’ grants to support research in the field of bone and joint diseases and fund the training of PhD students, clinical research fellows and post-doctoral research assistants.
Learn More

We provide free educational and professional development opportunities, such as conferences and courses on the impact of bone and joint diseases for healthcare professionals.
Upcoming Events

We run a programme of Patient and Public Engagement which supports patients, their families and carers with the latest information in their diseases areas and involves them in research.
Read More

Latest News

BIRD's bird bath installed outside the new RNHRD building

10 September 2020

A new bird bath and art installation was craned into place outside the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases at the Royal United Hospital, Bath this morning, 10 September 2020.  It is dedicated to the donors supporting Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD) by funding scientific and clinical research since 1975.  BIRD will be organising an official ceremony later in the year which marks the charity’s relocation to the hospital site. The artwork is called ‘Ascending’ and was sculpted by ...

Award for early career research

21 August 2020

Congratulations to Jade Skeates for being chosen as the winner of the Clinical Award 2020 by the Heberden Committee for her abstract submitted to the British Society for Rheumatology Annual Conference 2020 entitled ‘Evaluation of a 10 week progressive resistance training programme for people with inflammatory arthritis’.  Jade has received a trophy and £250 as well as publication in the journal ‘Rheumatology’ and the opportunity to present her research at the Annual Conference in 2020.  Her abstract was accepted for ...

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Help Support BIRD by making a contribution

Our work is built on the kind donations and bequests of previous generations. If you like what we do and would like to help, please consider giving us a donation, or a gift in memory of someone dear to you, inscribed on our benefactors’ board, or even a legacy. £100 would provide refreshments all year for a monthly patient support group meeting. £1000 would cover the print and postage costs for a patient information day and newsletter. £2000 would pay for a Summer Studentship for a scientific researcher. £10,000 would fund a small-scale pilot research project.

Support Us

Our work is built on the kind donations and bequests of previous generations. If you like what we do and would like to help, please consider giving us a donation, or a gift in memory of someone dear to you, inscribed on our benefactors’ board, or even a legacy. £100 would provide refreshments all year for a monthly patient support group meeting. £1000 would cover the print and postage costs for a patient information day and newsletter. £2000 would pay for a Summer Studentship for a scientific researcher. £10,000 would fund a small-scale pilot research project.