Dr Laura Coates

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Laura Coates is a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer based at the Unviersity of Leeds in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Laura’s research centres on psoriatic arthritis and the spondyloarthritides and her interests include early diagnosis of PsA, development of PsA specific and validated outcome measures, optimal treatment pathways and the concept of treating to target in PsA.  She has developed and validated screening questionnaires to identify PsA.

She has experience in outcome measures development and has been involved in the development and validation of novel clinical and imaging outcome measures, including the minimal disease activity (MDA) criteria for PsA.  She is the first author of the Tight Control of Psoriatic Arthritis (TICOPA) study, the first study to address treating to target in PsA which improved clinical and patient reported outcomes.    

Laura sits on the Steering Committee of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) and the British PsA Consortium (BritPACT).  She was first author on the 2015 GRAPPA treatment recommendations for psoriasis and PsA and is also involved in the GRAPPA/OMERACT initiative to refine the core set of outcome measures for PsA.