Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Thomas completed his PhD at the Arthritis Research UK centre of Epidemiology, the University of Manchester in November 2018. Thomas’ thesis was titled “The Effect of Vitamin D Therapy on Structural Change in Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)”. During his PhD, Thomas was part of the Research in Osteoarthritis Manchester (ROAM) group which focusses on exploring the potential therapeutic capability of new treatments in OA. As part of his PhD, Thomas developed a protocol for the semi-automated assessment of inflammation using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in knee OA, explored the relationship between structure and symptoms in men and women with symptomatic knee OA and investigated the effect of vitamin D supplementation on structure using data from a randomised trial of symptomatic knee OA.
After submitting his PhD, Thomas was appointed a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NDORMS, University of Oxford. Whilst MR imaging and the assessment of treatments in knee OA remains a personal interest, the current focus of his work is on identifying populations at risk of developing knee OA including those more likely to have symptom and joint progression. Thomas has experience in a range of quantitative research methods including musculoskeletal imaging.
As part of his research career, Thomas has had the privilege of presenting work at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) conference and the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) conference. Thomas continues to collaborate with the University of Manchester working on defining structural outcomes in knee OA in clinical studies.