Special interest groups (SIGs)

The BSR special interest groups provide a valuable resource to our members, giving a unique and unparalleled insight into their specialisms. Each group is run individually by convenors who manage and organise meetings, information and proposals on behalf of the groups. Each year, BSR invites the special interest groups to submit proposals for sessions which run alongside the Annual Rheumatology Conference.

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Below is a list of the special interest groups which are currently active:

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) Musculosketal ultrasound
arc/BSR education Osteoarthritis
BHPR osteoporosis Osteoporosis
BHPR RA Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell atreritis
Cardiovascular comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis Psychosocial research in arthritis
Foot and ankle RA outcomes
Genetics of rheumatic disease Scleroderma
Heritable disorders of connective tissue Sjogren's syndrome
Information technology Soft tissue rheumatism and sports medicine
Interstitial lung disease  Spondyloarthritis
M-S health of the ethnic minority Systemic lupus erythematosus
Musculoskeletal pain Vasculitis

If you are interested in forming a new group or need to update the details of a group, please contact ARivett@rheumatology.org.uk.

Adolescent and young adult (AYA)

This group aims to facilitate working between paediatric and adult rheumatology, promote best practice and research opportunities and share expertise.

Click here to contact the adolescent and young adult SIG (members only content).

arc/BSR education

Click here to contact the arc/BSR education SIG (members only content).

BHPR osteoporosis

The osteoporosis SIG aims to provide a regular update for general rheumatologists on topical issues in osteoporosis. In addition we highlight the importance of osteoporosis to the BSR and make sure this important specialist area maintains a high profile at the annual conference.

Click here to contact the BHPR osteoporosis SIG (members only content).


This group meets at the annual conference and comprises a session of topics related to rheumatoid arthritis of interest to allied health professionals. Speakers are invited to present on topics of interest and questions and discussion follow. 

Click here to contact the BHPR RA SIG (members only content).

Cardiovascular comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis 

The group will exchange information on current research and practice work streams, facilitate the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborating small or large networks to help provide answers to specific research questions, develop, implement and evaluate relevant guidelines and practice changes to the benefit of patients with RA.

Click here to contact cardiovascular comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis SIG (members only content).

Foot and ankle

The objectives of this group is to convene an annual meeting of the group and interested parties, to identify areas of common concern and to devise strategies for their solution, to provide opportunities for the development of collaborative research projects, a forum for discussion of ongoing work, work in evolution or the development of new ideas, an informal support network for new or established researchers in the field and a forum for developing consensus-based statements or standards.

Click here to contact the foot and ankle SIG (members only content).

Genetics of rheumatic disease

This group includes members with an interest in the genetics of common musculoskeletal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The aim of the SIG is to update BSR members on advances in the field of genetics and how this might impact in the future on management of patients in the clinical setting.

Click here to contact the genetics of rheumatic disease SIG (members only content).

Heritable disorders of connective tissue

This SIG covers all hypermobility-related connective tissues disorders including the joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and welcomes participation of all those interested in clinical genetics, chronic pain, associated GI and dysautonomic manifestations as well as rehabilitation and pain management. We aim to hold meetings in association with all BSR and ACR annual meetings.

Click here to contact the heritable disorders of connective tissue SIG (members only content).

Information technology

This group chats and shares examples of good IT practice and promotes good IT governance.

Click here to contact the information technology SIG (members only content).

Interstitial lung disease

This SIG represents a large mixed group of trainees as well as established consultants in both rheumatology and respiratory medicine with a mutual interest in diseases of the lungs occurring in patients with rheumatic disorders.

Click here to contact the interstitial lung disease SIG (members only content).

M-S health of the ethnic minority

This group consists of people who are interested in the musculoskeletal health from multi-ethnic minorities and the group meets once a year at the BSR Annual Conference.It is used as a forum for research and networking amongst members with common interest in the health condition of the wider population from multi-ethnic minority.

Click here to contact the M-S health of the ethnic minority SIG (members only content).

Musculoskeletal pain

MSK pain challenges healthcare professionals and systems. This SIG is a forum for clinicians who wish to improve treatment and services for patients with chronic MSK pain. Research, audit and open discussion are the tools available to stimulate action.

Click here to contact the musculoskeletal pain SIG (members only content).

Musculoskeletal ultrasound

The Ultrasound (US) SIG formed with a view to increasing awareness of the benefits of ultrasonography in rheumatology practice. This dynamic group has grown over time, supporting the development and improvement of BSR ultrasound courses.

Click here to contact the musculoskeltal ultrasound SIG (members only content).


The BSR myositis SIG aims to keep interested health care professionals up to date with topical issues centered around the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, or myositis. We normally try to provide a update on what is new, practical advice how to manage myositis in clinic, and clinical vignettes.

Click here to contact the myositis SIG (members only content).


Click here to contact the osteoarthritis SIG (members only content).


The osteoporosis SIG aims to provide a regular update for general rheumatologists, rheumatology trainees, specialist nurses, and allied healthcare professionals on topical issues in osteoporosis.

Click here to contact the osteoporosis SIG (members only content).

Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell atreritis

Click here to contact the polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell atreritis SIG (members only content).

Psychosocial research in arthritis

Click here to contact the psychosocial research in arthritis SIG (members only content).

RA outcomes

Click here to contact the RA outcomes SIG (members only content).


This SIG focuses on practical clinical and research aspects of scleroderma and related disorders including Raynaud’s phenomenon. It provides a forum for discussion and informal presentation of clinical trials and has close links with the UK Systemic Sclerosis Study Group (UKSSG) a network of centres in the UK with interest in clinical research and care of scleroderma.

Click here to contact the scleroderma SIG (members only content).

Sjogren's syndrome

The Sjogren’s SIG aims to educate clinicians on the presentation & diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome; its oral, ocular and systemic manifestations and optimal clinical management. The SIG will update clinicians on advances in diagnosis and treatment and promote and co-ordinate collaborative research into Sjogren’s syndrome.

Click here to contact the Sjogren's syndrome SIG (members only content).

Soft tissue rheumatism and sports medicine

Click here to contact the Soft tissue rheumatism and sports medicine SIG (members only content).


The spondyloarthritis (SpA) SIG covers issues relating to the group of conditions, including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. This SIG aims to keep all members up to date with a broad range of topics including early detection, assessment and new therapies, research, guidelines and nationally relevant issues such as NICE guidelines and commissioning.

Click here to contact the spondyloarthritis SIG (members only content).

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Click here to contact the systemic lupus erythematosus SIG (members only content).


We are a cross-specialty group aiming to promote knowledge of and participation in studies of the systemic vasculitides and related disorders.

Click here to contact the vasculitis SIG (members only content).