Emeritus Professor of Clinical Rheumatology - St George’s, University of London
Professor John Axford graduated in medicine from University College London in 1981. He then carried out academic medical research at the Middlesex Hospital and University College London, and as a Fulbright Scholar at Tufts University in the USA, leading to an MD. After further clinical training he obtained specialist accreditation in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology in 1991 and then moved to St George’s, University of London, where he was appointed Professor of Clinical Rheumatology. He has written 89 peer-reviewed papers and 20 books. One of his proudest achievements within the NHS has been the creation of the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Musculoskeletal Disorders, which is an integrated musculoskeletal service that opened in 2002.
- Research: Emeritus Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at St George’s, University of London; Professor Axford has an active research programme looking at the role of sugars in rheumatic disease.
- Professional memberships: several leading societies, including the British Society of Rheumatology. He has been a council member and Honorary Secretary, as well as President of the Clinical Immunology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Teaching: Professor Axford gives regular teaching seminars to doctors and other clinicians. He has been vice-chair of the Education and Training Committee of the BSR, leading the e-learning initiative and revalidation educational programme.
Until July 2011, Professor Axford was Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Rheumatology for
St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. Now retired from the NHS, he uses his experience exclusively in private practice.
- New ways of managing rheumatic diseases and arthritis
- Glycobiology in medicine