Gillian's academic publications (PDF, 26K)
It's been a busy year, covering six projects in three areas of rheumatology. In June, Gillian became full time project manager for MASTERPLANS, a four year Medical Research Council-funded project (£4.1m) on stratified medicine in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; 'lupus'). This takes her contract forward to June 2019. Before that, she enjoyed three related national projects to develop a core dataset for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to harmonise practice across the NHS. This resulted in two presentations and a poster at the British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) annual conference at Queen's University Belfast and she is currently involved in writing two academic papers on the work. She was also project manager for REMORA (REmote MOnitoring in Rheumatoid Arthritis, using mobile phones to monitor arthritis symptoms between clinics). However, she had to leave that project following the planning stage, in order to start MASTERPLANS. Finally, she managed a project to deliver a catalogue of studies in musculoskeletal diseases for Arthritis Research UK.
The year has been a difficult one as Gillian's father broke his hip early in the New Year and was in hospital on and off until September. He is now at home with live-in carers and is very ill. We've had a lot of visits to near Chester where he lives, so we have been struggling with the house and garden.
Gillian is still treasurer for the village twinning association, though has announced that she will step down at the AGM in May 2016. She enjoys meeting on Sunday mornings with another member for French conversation. Gillian is also enjoying the many and varied books in the village book club. One of the delights of this year was discovering the live broadcasts in the George Inn in Tideswell from the Royal Opera House and other national venues. We had to clear two feet of snow from our drive to get to Andre Chenier in January, and then had to dig our car out of the pub car park! Recently Gillian has seen Henry V from the RSC, Hamlet from the Barbican with Benedict Cumberbatch, and a Winter's Tale with Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench - all for a fraction of the price of a trip to London.
Unfortunately Gillian has developed a cataract in her right eye, which will be removed in the New Year.
Gillian at Pinnewala, Sri Lanka, where the elephants bathe in the river, July 2015.
Gillian and Martin enjoying a summer evening at neighbours in Windmill. Hucklow Edge in the background.
Gillian at Ella in the Sri Lankan hill country, July 2015.
Web page maintained by Gillian Beer. Last updated 3 December, 2015 .