The Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent and young adult Rheumatology (BANNAR)

BANNAR is a group of interested and committed professionals across the UK working together to develop and oversee a national body of work relevant to adolescent and young adult rheumatology. The BANNAR website is a source of information for researchers and health professionals about what’s going on nationally and the current relevant research projects with young people. BANNAR is very keen to engage with anybody interested in driving forward research supporting young people so if you know of any doctors or researchers you are familiar with and that have helped you, tell them to get in touch with BANNAR for more support and potentially funding for research. Please contact Sarah Yorke for further information (


One of BANNAR’s projects is the Young People’s Opinions Underpinning Research (YOURR) project, which aims to get young people and their families involved. In YourRheum, young people between the ages of 11-24 across the UK who are diagnosed with a rheumatic condition advise and provide input to shape the current adolescent and young adult rheumatology research. If you are interested in joining this group, feel free to contact Laura Lunt on:

British Society for Rheumatology

A leading UK specialist medical society for rheumatology and musculosketal care professionals. The BSR brings together expertise from across the rheumatology profession harnessing a wide variety of experience and skills to ensure they support members to the very best of their combined ability

Biomedical Research Centre: Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trusts.

The NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) supports medical research for children and young people at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH). The funding enables basic scientific discoveries made in laboratories to be translated into ‘first in man’ or ‘first in child’ clinical studies. The research aims to accelerate discoveries into the basis of childhood rare diseases and to develop new techniques and treatments. The Centre works closely with GOSH BRC in undertaking research related to Adolescent Rheumatology

Biomedical Research Centre: University College London Hospital's NHS Trust

The UCLH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and UCL (University College London). UCLH is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the United Kingdom and UCL is one of the leading biomedical research universities. By working together they have become leaders in translating fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients. The Centre works closely with the UCLH BRC in undertaking research related to Adolescent Rheumatology

The CLUSTER Consortium

The CLUSTER consortium brings together UK leaders in paediatric and adolescent rheumatology and ophthalmology to focus on JIA arthritis and JIA-uveitis in children and young people. By working together, they hope to better understand how the condition affects young people, how we can predict the best treatment for each young person, and in doing so, improve treatment options in future.

Versus Arthritis

Provides information for young people with rheumatological conditions as well as info for parents and teachers.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Supports the hospital and its patients by funding in areas including support for patients and families, research into children’s health, life saving medical equipment, and rebuilding and refurbishment.

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