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Western Australian Research

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA’s commitment to vital research continues under the direction of Professor Hans Nossent as Chair of Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Hans Nossent

Professor Johannes (Hans) Nossent was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine in Western Australia in June 2014. Hans completed his medical and specialist training in the Netherlands, before moving to Norway between 1997-2012 where he became a Consultant and Professor in Rheumatology at the University Hospital North Norway. During his tenure in Norway, Hans spent a sabbatical period in South Australia investigating genetic aspects of Sjøgren’s disease.

This subsequently led to a more permanent move down under in 2012, when he was appointed Staff Rheumatologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital, from which position he was recruited to Perth by the Chairman of the Board of WA Arthritis Foundation to undertake the role of Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine. His main research interests are the epidemiology, and outcome of systemic inflammatory auto-immune diseases, with a special focus on the development and use of biomarkers in this field.

Associate Professor Helen Keen

Associate Professor Helen Keen is UWA graduate, and undertook rheumatology training in Perth, as well as gaining experience in Sydney and Adelaide before moving to the UK for a three year fellowship. Helen has a PhD in Rheumatological Ultrasonography and is an Associate Professor at UWA undertaking research and teaching, and a consultant Rheumatologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Helen’s current research interests include validation of ultrasonography in rheumatology. Additionally, she is interested in the management of gout and osteoarthritis, particularly the relationship between inflammation and outcomes, and the role of anti-inflammatory therapies in these conditions.

Clinical Professor Charles Inderjeeth

Clinical Professor Charles Inderjeeth is a Clinical Epidemiologist and Consultant Physician in Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine in Western Australia. He has been involved in education and research in the field of Rheumatology, osteoporosis, vitamin D, dementia, and geriatric syndromes.

Charles is an actively practicing clinical academic with strong education links to General Practice, Specialist Practice and Hospital services. He has numerous advisory/executive roles to the Department of Health (WA), the Arthritis Foundation of WA Osteoporosis Australia, Australian Rheumatology Association, Australian and New Zealand Society of Bone Mineral Research and Australia and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.


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