SPARC

The Bath Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium (SPARC) is a cross disciplinary team of computer scientists, health scientists and clinical experts based across the University of Bath’s Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) and the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Research

Project Nightingale

The Project Nightingale study was developed in order to empower AS patients to take control of their symptoms through self-management and monitoring using the uMotif app. The app is designed to collect data in real-time on symptoms such as pain, fatigue, sleep, stress and recommended exercise (displayed as petals – whereby you rate symptoms daily on a 5-point scale). This data is then being analysed for research such as prediction of pain flares. If integrated into clinical practice, we hope the information collected may eventually lead to optimisation and personalisation of axSpA management.

The Bath Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Biobank

The Bath Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Biobank is a computer database to store routine clinical information for consenting patients with axSpA, to develop understanding of the long-term condition through research. We hope this information will help identify whether there are any factors (genetic, clinical or biological) that influence why some patients may develop more severe disease than others, and to study patient outcomes following different treatments. Information such as clinical assessments, questionnaires and biomarkers (using blood samples) will all be stored within the biobank to investigate methods to improve diagnosis, assess disease severity and responses to treatment.

Prognostic markers in axial spondyloarthritis (PROMISE)

PROMISE was a cross sectional evaluation of serum biomarkers in axspa, mechanical back pain and healthy controls. Researchers investigated the potential role of serum biomarkers in axSpA patients for diagnosis, disease prognosis, and monitoring of treatment effects. Detailed objectives and results can be found here.

Can Outcome Measures Predict Axial Spondyloarthritis Severity (COMPASS)

COMPASS is comprised of two main projects between the RNHRD and UoB: one investigating understanding of remission in axSpA and another exploring the impact of the 2-week AS rehabilitative course at the RNHRD on natural progression of disease.

Consortium Members

Dr Raj Sengupta
Consultant Rheumatologist
Royal United Hospitals Bath
RNHRD
rajsengupta@nhs.net

Mr Matthew Young
Innovation Manager
CAMERA
University of Bath
my215@bath.ac.uk

Dr Simon Jones
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
University of Bath
cs3sj@bath.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth Reilly
Rheumatologist

elizabethreilly2@nhs.net

Dr Logan Wade
Research Associate
Department for Health
University of Bath
lw2175@bath.ac.uk

Ms Rosie Barnett
PhD Researcher in Health & Computer Science
University of Bath
rlb60@bath.ac.uk

Dr Pete Rouse
Lecturer
Department for Health
University of Bath
pr222@bath.ac.uk

Mr Ben Hutchinson
Trusts and Foundations Manager
Development & Alumni Relations
University of Bath
bjh55@bath.ac.uk

Dr Christopher Clarke
Lecturer in Computer Science
University of Bath cjc234@bath.ac.uk

Romy Schwäbe
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Professional Doctorate Researcher in Health
University of Bath rs2276@bath.ac.uk

Dr Dario Cazzola
Senior Lecturer
Department for Health
University of Bath
dc547@bath.ac.uk

Mr Luca Franco
PhD Researcher in Health
Department for Health
University of Bath
lf490@bath.ac.uk

Dr Anita McGrogan
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacology
University of Bath
am399@bath.ac.uk

Violet Henderson
PhD Researcher in Computing
Department of Computer Science
University of Bath
thh37@bath.ac.uk

Nuzhat Shakaib
Research Assistant in Department of Computer Science
University of Bath ns2271@bath.ac.uk

Thomas Ingram
PhD Researcher in Health
University of Bath
tai23@bath.ac.uk