Ian Bruce is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator and Professor of Rheumatology at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Manchester. He is Director of The NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. Professor Bruce is immediate past Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC), a member of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group and leads the BILAG Biologics Register. He is also Chief Investigator in the MASTERPLANS Consortium, an MRC-funded Stratified Medicine Consortium. He participates in a number of national and international multicentre studies that are seeking to refine our understanding of SLE and serves on Data Safety Steering Committees in several commercial and academic clinical trials. Professor Bruce’s research is focused on the association between inflammatory rheumatic diseases and premature atherosclerosis/coronary heart disease as well as stratified medicine in SLE.