The European Medical Journal Editorial Board is composed of internationally renowned health experts, academics and clinicians. Regular contact with board members ensures that all comments, guidance and suggestions are received and handled appropriately.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Ian Chikanza

Consultant/Senior Lecturer, Adult & Paediatric Rheumatology, Department of Rheumatology, Barts Arthritis Centre, Barts and the Royal London Hospital, London, UK.

Dr Mohammed Akil

Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Prof Olivier Bruyère

Professor, Clinical Epidemiology and Geriatric Rehabilitation; Head of the Research Unit in Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium.

Dr Hector Chinoy

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (RCP); Member, General Medical Council (GMC), Medical Protection Society (MPS), British Society for Rheumatology (BSR), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), British Medical Association (BMA).

Prof Elaine Dennison

Professor, Musculoskeletal Epidemiology, Honorary Consultant, Rheumatology, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (LEU), University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK.

Prof Oliver Distler

Professor, Inflammatory Rheumatology, Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich (UHZ), Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof Anthony K.P. Jones

Professor, Neuro-Rheumatology, Human Pain Research Group, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Honorary Professor, Rehabilitation Science, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Prof Hendrik Schulze-Koops

Head of Division, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

Prof Prodromos Sidiropoulos

Associate Professor, Rheumatology, Head of the Rheumatology Clinic, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Crete, Greece.

Prof Aysen Akıncı

Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rheumatologist and Pain Medicine Specialist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Dr Michel Neidhart

Professor, Experimental Rheumatology, Center of Experimental Rheumatology, Bio-Technopark Schlieren-Zurich, University Hospital Zurich (UHZ), Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof Milan Petronijevic

Professor, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Head of Clinic of Rheumatology, Military Medical Academy, University of Defence, Belgrade, Serbia.

Dr Marco Matucci-Cerinic

Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi (AOUC), University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Dr Michael Backhouse

Senior Research Fellow, Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Dr Christakis Christodoulou

Assistant Professor, St. George’s University of London MBBS programme delivered at the University of Nicosia Medical School; Consultant, Rheumatology and General (Internal) Medicine; Synesio Medical Centre, Larnaca, Cyprus; President, Cyprus Rheumatology Society.

Prof Seza Özen

Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Prof Helena Canhão

Invited Full Professor, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, NOVA Medical School, National School of Public Health, NOVA University of Lisbon; Head, EpiDoC Unit, Center for the Study of Chronic Diseases (CEDOC), NOVA Medical School; Rheumatology Senior Consultant, Santa Maria Hospital, North Lisbon Hospital Centre (CHLN), Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr João Fonseca

Department of Rheumatology, Santa Maria Hospital, North Lisbon Hospital Centre (CHLN); Rheumatology Research Group, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, NOVA University of Lisbon, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, Lisbon, Portugal.

Prof Jessica Bertrand

Professor, Experimental Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU), Magdeburg, Germany.

Dr Lucía Silva-Fernández

Consultant Rheumatologist, Rheumatology Department, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol (CHUF), A Coruña, Spain.

Prof Özgür Kasapçopur

Professor, Paediatric Rheumatology, Cerrahpaşa Medical School, İstanbul University, İstanbul, Turkey.