Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases
University College London (UCL)
Institute of Neurology,
Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK
Pedro Machado is an NIHR Clinical Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College London (UCL) and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He qualified in Medicine from the University of Coimbra in Portugal and trained in musculoskeletal imaging and clinical epidemiology during his doctoral research at the Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands (Title of the thesis: Health and Imaging Outcomes in Axial Spondyloarthritis; PhD supervisors: Professor Désirée van der Heijde and Professor Robert Landewé).
His research interests include the investigation of new therapeutic strategies and the assessment and prediction of outcomes in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, with a focus on axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and Inclusion Body Myositis. His published research work includes the development and validation of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS), the study of the relationship between MRI inflammation, MRI fat deposition and progression of structural damage in axSpA, the validation of MRI as a biomarker in muscle diseases, and the development of a new therapeutic strategy targeting protein homeostasis in Inclusion Body Myositis. Pedro has authored over 70 articles and 2 book chapters. He has been awarded 4 fellowships and 11 scientific prizes. He has contributed to generate over £1.5 million competitive research funding.
Experience within EMEUNET
Pedro joined EMEUNET in 2010 and first served as regular Working Group member, then as Chair of the Newsletters subgroup, until becoming Chair of EMEUNET for the 2013-14 term. During this period as EMEUNET Chair, Pedro worked on consolidating and further developing EMEUNET activities, such as the mentor/mentee program at EULAR/ACR, the peer review mentoring programme, the EMEUNET/EULAR research institute database, networking activities and regular newsletters. It was during his term that the “2014 Update of the EULAR standardised operating procedures for EULAR-endorsed recommendations” was published, specifically mentioning that “each task force should include two young rheumatologists, members of EMEUNET, to promote education in the methodology of the development of recommendations”. Together with Laure Gossec, Pedro also created the EULAR/EMEUNET Epidemiology Course, which they have been co-organising since 2010.
EMEUNET proved to be a very rewarding experience for Pedro. He became more familiar with EULAR and its activities and organisation and it contributed to the development of his organisational skills and to the expansion of his network of scientific collaborators. It was also a very valuable experience from a personal point of view and thanks to the EMEUNET platform he made many new long-lasting friendships in the world of rheumatology.