Associate Professor Paul Bird (FRACP, PhD, Grad Dip MRI) is a Rheumatologist in private practice and a Conjoint A/Professor at the University of New South Wales. In addition to his clinical duties, he is the Director of Optimus Clinical Research, a clinical research center undertaking Phase 2, 3 and 4 trials of novel agents for the treatment of rheumatic diseases.
He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RMIT University) and his PhD thesis (University of NSW) examined the feasibility, reliability and validity of MRI as an outcome measure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He maintains ongoing participation in research projects examining the application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in inflammatory arthritis and co-chair of the OMERACT international MRI imaging group. In addition, he is a current member of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) and full member of ASAS (Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS).
A/Professor Bird is actively involved in undergraduate education, as a lecturer and examiner for students undertaking a medical degree at UNSW. He is a co-supervisor for postgraduates, including national and international PhD candidates.
Within the Australian Rheumatology Association, he has been a member of the Education Committee and Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee from 2003 – 2007. He is a past member of the Scientific Committee. In addition, he has been involved in education of Physician Trainees, holding the post of Director of Physician Training for the South-East Sydney Physician Training Network from 2002 – 2005.
He is an active reviewer for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Journal of Rheumatology, Rheumatology (Oxford), Arthritis Care and Research, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism.
His current research interests are the use of MRI in spondyloarthropathy and the development of automated computerised techniques for measurement of activity and damage progression in inflammatory arthritis.