Head of the Rheumatology and Clinical Director of Research & Audit at Southend University Hospital
Professor Dasgupta is the Head of the Rheumatology and Clinical Director of Research & Audit at Southend University Hospital and holds an Honorary Professorship at Essex University, Visiting Professorship at Anglia Ruskin University and an Honorary Professorship at Queen Mary’s University, London.
He has had a lifelong interest in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and has published over 150 articles on these topics. He was the first to describe elevated levels of interleukin-6 in these conditions. He now leads on several new clinical trials of IL-6 blocking and other therapies in PMR and GCA.
As Convener he developed the BSR guidelines on PMR and GCA, now adopted by the RCGP. Professor Dasgupta was the lead Investigator for the development of EULAR and ACR classification criteria for PMR. This study has also led to validation of patient reported outcome measures for PMR. He has led the recently jointly published EULAR ACR guidelines for PMR and is leading a BSR GCA guideline update with international panel members due to make key recommendations on GCA.
Professor Dasgupta has organised several international symposia and imaging workshops dedicated to PMR GCA large vessel vasculitis. He is a leading international expert in vascular ultrasound as applied to large vessel vasculitis and has been a leading member of EULAR and OMERACT panels that have developed ultrasound definitions and imaging recommendations for large vessel vasculitis.
He has helped found the PMRGCAUK, the first national charity dedicated to PMR and GCA and is the Honorary President of the national charity and patron for several regional groups and PMRGCA Scotland.