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

Grant awarded to support a new series of podcasts

10 July 2020

Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD) has been awarded £4, 148 to make and promote a series of podcasts for patients by Healthwatch B&NES from their community pot.

Mel Brooke, Patient and Public Engagement programme director for BIRD said: “We work closely with patients to deepen their understanding of their rheumatic disease and the latest research and treatment available through a well-established programme of information events.  We have had to put these on hold due to COVID 19, but we ...

BIRD's contribution to 'Fibro Fog' Poster at EULAR 2020

7 July 2020

BIRD took part in a project to identify good questions for researchers to ask about Fibromyalgia ‘Fibro Fog’.  Mel Brooke, BIRD’s patient and public engagement programme Director, helped to organise and co-facilitate three patient workshops with Sandi Derham, Rheumatology Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist RNHRD & NIHR Academy Member. The results were written up as an abstract submitted as a subject for a PARE (People with Arthritis and Rheumatism) poster for the annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) conference held virtually ...

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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.