Professor Janet Lord tackles Great North Run for arthritis research

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National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre theme lead Professor Janet Lord is taking on the Great North Run this weekend to raise money for charity.

Professor Lord is part of a team of thirteen from the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research tackling the world-famous half marathon on Sunday (September 13) hoping to raise £4,550 for Arthritis Research UK (ARUK).

She will be joined by 11 fellow researchers as well as her husband Derek, who will be among thousands of fun-runners and fund-raisers running the 13.1-mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields alongside some of the world’s elite long-distance athletes. The whole event will be screened live on BBC television.

“ARUK have funded my work for over 15 years so taking part in the Great North Run is a small way of saying thank you for that and giving something else back to the charity,” she said.

“Each team member has their own reasons for running; some have first-hand experience of arthritis, some work with sufferers on a daily basis and all are involved in research into musculoskeletal ageing.

“My husband Derek was eager to join us to show support for his best friend, who suffers with rheumatoid arthritis.”

Professor Lord is SRMRC theme lead for acute response to traumatic injury at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham-based centre as well as Professor of Immune Cell Biology and Head of School of Immunity and Infection at the University of Birmingham. She is also a director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research.

You can support Professor Lord and her team by making a donation online on their Just Giving page at

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