• The combined clinical and academic forces of the MRC LEU, and Bone and Joint group at the University of Southampton, and the Rheumatology Research Unit and Department of Rheumatology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation trust have been awarded Centre of Excellence status by the European Union League Against Rheumatism. Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director MRC LEU and Professor of Rheumatology said “This is a fantastic achievement, and recognition of the hard work of many people, bringing together academic and clinical expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions in the South of England.”