Ian Bruce is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and Professor of Rheumatology at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Manchester. He is Director of The NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit and Deputy Director of the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility. Professor Bruce qualified in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 1988 and gained his MRCP in 1991. He trained in medicine and rheumatology in Northern Ireland and completed his MD thesis on the pathogenesis of systemic vasculitis in 1995. He was the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellow at the University of Toronto, before moving to Manchester in 1998.
Professor Bruce is immediate past Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC), a member of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group and leads the BILAG Biologics Register. He is also Chief Investigator in the MASTERPLANS Consortium, an MRC-funded Stratified Medicine Consortium. He participates in a number of national and international multicentre studies that are seeking to refine our understanding of SLE, and serves on data safety steering committees in several commercial and academic clinical trials. Professor Bruce’s research is focused on the association between inflammatory rheumatic diseases and premature atherosclerosis/coronary heart disease, as well as stratified medicine in SLE. More recently, Professor Bruce was the chairman of the successful 16th ICAPA Congress in Manchester, UK.