LRC news

LRC members believe it is important to enjoy work and have fun. It is equally important to help our patients regain good quality of life and enjoyment. Here we report on some aspects of what LRC and our patients have achieved. If you would like to add to this page then please email with your suggestions.

Professor Axford is a vaccination volunteer

Professor Axford is delighted to be lending his services to his local GP surgery to help them vaccinate the community.

Professor John Axford elected for second term

Professor Axford has been elected to serve a second term on the Council of the Royal Society of Medicine.

LRC updates

Professor Axford talks at APLAR, September 2018 in Taiwan

Professor Axford meets the delegation from Lahore at APLAR. He has initiated a joint RSM/RCP teaching initiative on Lahore.

Professor Axford attends American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, November 2017.


APLAR, October 2017

Professor Axford chaired a session and gave a Lecture on the difficulties in diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica. Here he is with co-presenters: Prof Luc Mouthon, Prof Dimitrios Bogdanos, and Prof Tsuneyo Mimori.

Professor Axford was a session chairman and speaker. He is photographed with old friends: Professor Munther Khamashta, Professor Ian Bruce, and Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld

American College of Rheumatology 2016: Washington DC.
Professor Axford with Dr Paul Romain, his editor for UpToDate, enjoying the meeting.

Professor Axford gave a lecture entitled “Polymyalgia Rheumatica: the undiagnosed disease” at the annual APLAR Congress in Shanghai (October 2016).

Prof Axford with the Chairs of the meeting: Professors Luqmani and Hejian.

Professor Axford with his research mentor Professor Raymond Dwek CBE FRS at the Royal College of Physicians for the Harveian Oration (October 2016).

Professor Axford with Professor Ivan Roitt FRS at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Professor Roitt discovered the aetiology of autoimmune thyroid disease and then taught Professor Axford how to do research.

Professor Axford co-chaired the “essentials” day at the annual BSR meeting April 2016.

Professor Axford with colleagues at the annual Royal College of Physicians Harveian Oration October 2015.

Professor Axford hard at work at 7.00 am in the morning (APLAR 2015 in Chennai).

Doctors’ updates 2017

Professor Axford and colleagues lecturing at the Doctors’ Updates meeting January 2017.

Doctors’ updates 2016

Professor Axford and colleagues lecturing at the Doctors’ Updates meeting January 2016.

Doctors’ updates 2015

Professor Axford was a lecturer at “Doctors’ updates” in 2015.

11th Jenner Glycobiology and Medicine meeting

Professor Axford was coorganiser at the “11th Jenner Glycobiology and Medicine” meeting in Paris 2015.

Happy patients

LRC Patient cycles from Lands End to John O’Groats in 5 days

If you can do it, so can I!

Thanks for getting me up the aisle

90 and still going strong

LRC patient photographs Houses of Parliament

Photograph of the Houses of Parliament taken through the fountain in the gardens of
St Thomas’s Hospital (courtesy of LRC patient).

Betty wins again

Betty winning another award for her paintings, in her 10th decade.

90th birthday celebrations

A longstanding patient who this year not only celebrated his 90th birthday but has also received a number of World War II decorations from the Russian Navy in respect of his WWII service in the Baltic.

Ronnie the centenarian


Ronnie was 100 on 5 November 2014 and has been sorting Profressor Axford out for 20 years.

Atlas mountain trek


Along the Atlas trek, leaving the refuge and coming down from the summit at approximately 3800 meters from sea level.

 Summiting Mt Elbrus


After 15 hours of climbing I reached the summit of Mt Elbrus (5642m). The inner soles worked perfectly and I was the only one without any blisters.

Kashmir ski trip


Ski trip to Kashmir in the Himalayas.

Royal Warrant Holders Association


Matt managed to get to The Garden Party on time!

Open garden


This patient is now able to enjoy her garden.

Weight loss


Weight loss is always possible!

A growing team

The LRC team has nearly doubled in size since 2011.


Essentials in Rheumatology meeting


Professor Axford and Dr Charles Mackworth-Young developed the “Essentials in rheumatology” meeting for the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR), From which a successful e-learning collaboration between the Royal Society of Medicine and BSR has developed.

Doctors’ Updates 2014




Professor Axford teaches rheumatology to GPs, dermatologists and orthopaedic surgeons, every year at “Doctors’ Updates.”

Parkside’s Olympic Games makers

Professor Patricia Woo, Professor John Axford & Carolyn Axford from the London Rheumatology Clinic will be volunteering during the Olympics as “Games Makers.”

Professor Axford is a member of Olympic village management team; Professor Woo is part of the Limousine service for the Olympic family and Carolyn is a National Olympic committee assistant for Madagasgar.

Games Makers will take on a wide variety of roles across the venues: from welcoming
visitors; to transporting athletes; to helping out behind the scenes in the Technology
team to make sure the results get displayed as quickly and accurately as possible.

The development of the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre

Professor Axford proposed to St. George’s Healthcare his vision of an integrated musculoskeletal centre and that this should be the focus for a Charity appeal.

Under Professor Axford’s direction the Joint Effort Appeal was launched in 1998 and was successful in raising a significant sum of money. Through such activities as line dancing, running and a ball at the Dorchester Hotel, the magnificent sum of £ 1.2 Million was raised with the significant help of Sir Joseph Hotung, after whom the Centre is named.

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