Frances Williams

Frances Williams

Professor, Consultant Rheumatologist, Campus Dean St Thomas'

    • SE1 7EH

      United Kingdom

    • 9223
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    Research interests

    Previously a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow, I am now running my own group to study the 'omic epidemiology of common complex traits related to rheumatic diseases. In particular my focus is on the chronic pain syndromes including low back pain and intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). This ties in well with my clinical interests of DDD and chronic musculoskeletal pain. I also run an NHS clinic for Musicians and Performing Artists, many of whom have chronic pain conditions which threaten their occupational wellbeing. I have led several of the world's first GWAS studies (IDD) as well as the largest to date of back pain and shown that many of the so-called environmental risk factors (eg. social class) share genetic predisposition with back pain.

    Research interests (short)

    Genetic and omic epidemiology of chronic pain syndromes, in particular intervertebral disc degeneration as a cause of back pain; and age-related hearing impairment

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Clinical medicine, Doctor of Philosophy

    Award Date: 20 Feb 2002

    Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of London

    Award Date: 15 Jul 1992

    Clinical Science, Bachelor of Science, University of London

    Award Date: 19 Jul 1991

    External positions

    Rheumatology advisory committee, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency

    4 Jun 2013 → …

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