Arthropathies chest wall and gout update from a rheumatologist’s perspective
Plenary #2: TUMOURS and RHEUMATOLOGY
Professor Fiona McQueen has had a clinical and research career in rheumatology spanning 30 years. She graduated with MBChB from the University of Otago in 1980 and then moved north to pursue physician training in Wellington and Auckland. Following work experience in Australia and Scotland she returned to an appointment as consultant rheumatologist at Auckland Hospital in 1991. She coordinated undergraduate rheumatology teaching within the Auckland School of Medicine for 2 decades and has also been active in postgraduate and physician training. She was offered a personal chair in rheumatology at the University of Auckland in 2010. In 2015, she moved south to live near Queenstown, NZ and took up a position as consultant rheumatologist within the Southern DHB but retained an academic position with the University of Auckland until 2018.
Her academic career began with a fellowship to the Northern General Hospital, Edinburgh in 1987 where she studied rheumatology and immunology. She then returned to NZ and became head of the Auckland Rheumatology Imaging Group in the mid-1990’s. This group, which combined the skills of local rheumatologists, radiologists and statisticians, rapidly gained a strong international reputation. Studies in this period led to the first description of MRI bone oedema in rheumatoid arthritis and its prognostic significance as a precursor of bony erosions. Paired imaging and histology studies later defined osteitis as the underlying lesion. Other studies focussed on imaging in psoriatic arthritis and gout, comparing plain radiography, CT scanning, DECT imaging and MRI.
Professor McQueen was a founding member of the international OMERACT Imaging group and was involved in the development of the RAMRIS and PsAMRIS scoring systems for quantifying joint inflammation and damage using MRI scanning. She also has an interest in the role of B cells in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. She has published extensively in the rheumatology and radiology literature and has been an invited speaker at many prestigious international meetings.