Professor Iain McInnes is Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Muirhead Chair of Medicine and Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He is also Director of the Versus Arthritis Centre of Excellence for Inflammatory Arthritis, led from Glasgow and including Universities of Oxford, Newcastle, and Birmingham. He is immediate past chairman of the FOREUM (Foundation for European Rheumatology Research) Scientific Committee, leads the European Roadmap programme that is defining the research agenda for European rheumatology for the next decade, and is currently President of EULAR (European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology), the leading trans-national society for rheumatology across Europe. Under these auspices, he is creating the first pan-European Rheumatology Research Centre, launching in 2021.
Over two decades, he has led numerous clinical trials and pathogenesis investigation programmes in inflammatory arthritis at an international level. His work is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of immune mediated inflammatory diseases and encompasses basic discovery immunology through phase 1 and proof of concept experimental medicine clinical trials to leadership of pivotal phase 3 trials in immune biology. His original discovery work has led to the therapeutic targeting of several inflammatory cytokines. More recently, he has focused on the biology of myeloid cells in the pathogenesis of a number of immune diseases. He has published >400 peer-reviewed original and review articles with an h-index >100.
Professor McInnes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is the recipient of several prestigious prizes in recognition of his work, including the Sir James Black Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017, the Heberden Medal of the British Society for Rheumatology in 2018, and the Carol-Nachman Prize for Rheumatology, Germany (the highest international award in rheumatology) in 2019. He was awarded a CBE for services to medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019.