UCD Centre for Arthritis Research

UCD Centre for Arthritis Research (UCD- CAR)

The centre is based at UCD Conway Institute and consists of researchers in UCD and St Vincent’s and Mater University Hospitals.  Our interdisciplinary research covers proteomics, computational biology, genetics, stratified medicines, sports and exercise, immunology/mechanisms of disease and animal models of RA.

Our centre has proven highly successful in developing translational experimental approaches including training and performance of mini-arthroscopy and tissue biopsy. The programme based across the UCD Clinical Research Centre, provides whole tissue biopsy explant cultures for research that is an entirely unique resource. Our teams’ ability to perform this research has led to both academic and industry collaborations attracting significant non-exchequer funding from both the EU and the US.

The expertise for this highly developed research programme has led to novel translational research outputs including presentations at the highest quality international research meetings and publication in high impact factor peer-review journals.


Rheumatology Research Group, UCD 

Prof  Gerry Wilson                                                    
Professor of Rheumatology,Consultant Rheumatologist        


Emma Dorris 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow                   

Education and Research Centre, SVUH 

Prof Doug Veale 
Professor of Rheumatology,Consultant Rheumatologist       


Dr Eamonn Molloy
Consultant Rheumatologist                     

Hannah Convery
Research Assistant 

Richard Conway                                                         
Newman Fellow 

Monika Biniecka
Postdoctoral Research Fellow                   



Biomedical Proteomics Group 

Prof Steve Pennington                                                    
Professor of Proteomics


Melissa Jones 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow                   



Other Affliated Staff

Dr. Geraldine McCarthy                                                   
Consultant Rheumatologist 


Dr. Anne Barbara Mongey
Consultant Rheumatologist 

Dr. Suzanne Donnelly
Director of Medical Education/Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Conor McCarthy 
Consultant Rheumatologist

Oliver Fitzgerald 
Newman Clinical Professor/Consultant Rheumatologist

Sinead Ryan 
UCD Lecturer in Veterinart Biosciences     


UCD-TCD Monthly Rheumatology Research Meetings

The Centre for Arthritis Research holds monthly rheumatology research meetings alternately at UCD Conway Institute and TCD Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

The meetings take place on the third Friday of each month and cover the latest research for a clinical and scientific audience, and they feature guest speakers from universities across Ireland and Europe.

Please email rheumatology@ucd.ie to be added to the meeting mailing list.

Arthritis Research Coalition Biobank

The primary aim of the Arthritis Research Coalition Biobank is to recruit patients with common rheumatic diseases and obtain biosamples that will underpin clinical research. 

A secondary aim is to increase national involvement in clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents.

Arthritis Research Coalition