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A new fund has been established in honour of Dr Joan Davies
A new fund has been established in honour of Dr Joan Davies

Press Release - 09 July 2008

Memorial fund is launched to support local doctors

The Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD) is setting up a fund in memory of one of its founder members, Dr Joan Davies, who died earlier this year. The fund will encourage young doctors committed to working in rheumatic diseases in Bath, to develop their research ideas at the outset of their independent careers.

Dr Davies came to Bath in 1969 with her husband Cyril, a newly appointed consultant psychiatrist at the RUH. They had met as medical students in Cardiff and moved to Bath after a stint in Sheffield. Following a meeting with Allan Dixon, then a consultant at the Bath Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Dr Davies began her work in rheumatology, becoming the lead doctor in the hospital’s clinical trials programme and a consultant in her own right.

She cared for many hundreds of patients with various forms of arthritis and also set up a clinic to support patients with the brittle bone disease, osteoporosis. Her latter years were troubled by rounds of chemotherapy for the cancer that would eventually claim her life, but she remained actively engaged in the activities of BIRD and the hospital right up to her death in February.

Throughout her professional life, Dr Davies was committed to helping her patients and to improving their treatment through research. This led her to support the setting up in 1975 of the Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases as a charity promoting research into bone and joint diseases. Dr Davies remained an enthusiastic member of BIRD and its Council of Management until her death, and BIRD now wishes to honour her memory through establishing a fund to further the ideas that she held dear.

Dr Davies was especially aware that improved treatment for patients would come from research, and thus the main purpose of the fund will be to encourage young doctors, committed to working in rheumatic diseases in Bath, to develop their research ideas at the outset of their independent careers. This will be achieved through providing a Travel Fellowship, allowing them to make a short visit to a leading centre of rheumatology research anywhere in Europe, to discuss their ideas and help them focus on specific plans for developing those ideas back in the UK.

Contributions to the fund are welcome from anyone who has fond memories of Dr Davies and wishes to support the vital importance of research for a new generation of doctors specialising in bone and joint diseases. Donations can be made securely on-line through the BIRD website, details above, or by sending a cheque payable to Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases and marked Joan Davies on the back to: BIRD, Trim Bridge, Bath BA1 1HD. All donations will be acknowledged.


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