Ken Muirden Fellowship

Dr Aravinthan Loganathan 

Project Overview

Fellowship in Inflammatory Myositis, Interstitial Lung Disease and Data Science 

Myositis is an evolving field in rheumatology with the recognition of new myositis antibodies and the multi-systemic nature of the disease, including cutaneous, pulmonary and cardiac manifestations. My area of interest in inflammatory myositis is Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), as it is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity.

My goal is to complete a fellowship in inflammatory myositis at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath UK and gain the following skills and experiences to be able to manage myositis.

  • Clinic experience (12-18 months) managing polymyositis, dermatomyositis, juvenile dermatomyositis and necrotising myositis
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team clinic concurrently with neurologists, dermatologists, pathologists, respiratory physicians and allied health in assessing and managing myositis.
  • Become skilled in performing muscle biopsies for diagnostic purposes and teaching trainees/fellows in Australia in my future practice as a consultant. Proficient in the use of ultrasound for the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Initiate a research project focusing on patient groups assessing the outcomes and impact of ILD in myositis and gain skills in data linkage and setting up, analysing and interrogating research projects and improve patient outcomes and clinical decision making in my practice as a consultant. 
  • Laboratory experience and to develop further understanding of the medical science of auto-antibody testing and the different immune-assays used in clinical practice.