Caps Team

Meet the Childhood Arthritis Team in Manchester!

Capsie

Capsie

Nationality: Persian
Job: CAPS mascot
Favourite Colour: Orange
Favourite food: Bananas

Wendy Thomson

Wendy Thomson

Nationality: British
Job: Professor in Genetic Epidemiology
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite food: Salad (or maybe chocolate – it’s a close call).

My husband calls me RADAR (its based on a TV show from the 70’s called M*A*S*H – RADAR always seemed to be one step ahead)

Fun Fact:
If I hadn’t been a scientist I would probably have been a chef- I love to cook.

Kimme Hyrich

Kimme Hyrich

Nationality: Canadian
Job: Professor and Rheumatology Consultant/Principal Investigator for CAPS
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite food: Maple syrup

Also nicknamed Kimbo and Kimster

Lis Cordingley

Lis Cordingley

Nationality: British
Job: Health Psychologist
Favourite Colour: Has to be Red – lifelong Manchester United Fan
Favourite food: Chocolate

Fun Fact:
Have two cats Arwen and Stryder (my sons were big fans of Lord of the Rings!)

Suzan Verstappen

Suzan Verstappen

Nationality: Dutch
Job: Research Fellow
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite food: Pasta and fish

Fun Fact:
When I came to the UK from the Netherlands I did a sheep dog training course and am now able to handle a small flock of sheep.

Stevie Shoop

Stevie Shoop

Nationality: British
Job: PhD Student
Favourite Colour: Plum
Favourite food: Strawberry laces

I am looking at whether things like age, BMI and initial medication help patients go into remission (having no disease symptoms). I recently won an award from the Medical Research Council for my essay on why this is important.

Fun Fact:
I‘ve had my horsey Galaxy since I was at school. She’s moved with me around the country wherever I’ve gone and I see her at 5.15am every morning.

Lianne Kearsley-Fleet

Lianne Kearsley-Fleet

Nationality: British
Job: Research Assistant
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite food: Pizza

Fun Fact:
I have 2 kittens; Mog and Rum Tum Tugger! They are brother and sister. Mog likes watching the birds in the garden, and Rum Tum Tugger likes eating Mog’s dinner.

Janet McDonagh

Janet McDonagh

Nationality: Northern Irish
Job: Senior lecturer in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite food: Paella with lots of seafood

From my work in hospitals looking after children and young people, I will hopefully bring real-life insights into how we translate our research findings into clinical day to day practice.

Fun Fact:
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would like to be a poet and/or collage artist.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Nationality: British
Job: Study Coordinator
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite food: Curry

I am the main contact for CAPS and help with the day to day running of the study, under guidance from Prof Wendy Thomson (Chief Investigator).

Fun Fact:
I have a Miniature Schnauzer called Pete. He has so far chewed up a TV remote, my duffel coat and his own bed.

Rebecca Adam

Rebecca Adam

Nationality: British
Job: Research Assistant
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite food: Gammon steak and chips

Fun Fact:
I recently white water rafted down the River Anduin from the Lord of the Rings films.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee

Nationality: British
Job: PhD Student
Favourite Colour: Pink
Favourite food: Lasagne

My research project is looking at how we can make the assessment and measurement of pain better for children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Fun Fact:
This year I did a 10km mud run with my sister…great fun…and so very muddy!!!