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Dr Swales started her medical training at University College London in 1991. Following an intercalated BSc and PhD in Neurosciences, she moved to pursue her clinical training in Oxford, and qualified in 2000. Following postgraduate training in Nottingham, she returned to Oxford to take up a Clinical Lectureship in Rheumatology in 2003. During this period of specialist training, she developed a research interest in inflammatory arthritis - particularly rheumatoid arthritis - and medical education. Dr Swales was appointed as an Honorary Consultant at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in 2012 and divides her time between clinical work and student teaching/supervision. In 2014 she was appointed as Associate Director of Clinical Studies, and in 2018 she became Director of Clinical Studies for the Medical School. Dr Swales now has strategic and operational oversight of all undergraduate clinical medical training at Oxford University.

Dr Swales has been teaching and training Oxford University medical students and postgraduates since 2003, initially as Clinical Lecturer and since 2011 as Director of Undergraduate Studies at NDORMS. In 2012 she was elected as a Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy. In 2014 she was appointed as Associate Director of Clinical Studies for the University of Oxford Medical School. Alongside teaching medical students throughout their clinical training, she has a special interest in helping students foster and maintain research interests and developing early aspirations for clinical academic careers. Dr Swales works closely with the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) to identify and address barriers or challenges for students gaining research experience; she is the University’s INSPIRE lead for the Academy of Medical Sciences. In addition she has responsibilities for two MSc programs (Medical Education and Musculoskeletal Sciences), and co-leads the MB DPhil program for Oxford Medical School. As part of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team in NDORMS, she also takes particular responsibility for encouraging and supporting women in their training and careers progression in the department. Dr Swales is a General Medical Council Education Associate, ensuring QA processes for new and established medical schools.

Dr Swales has a broad experience of laboratory techniques/experimental design, and clinical trial delivery on the NIHR Clinical Trials Unit at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. She has supported a portfolio of academic-led and experimental medicine studies, as well as later phase clinical trials in collaboration with partners from the pharmaceutical industry. Since her appointment as Director of Clinical Studies, she has also developed an interest in medical education research.

'All disease begins in the gut'-the role of the intestinal microbiome in ankylosing spondylitis.

Harkins P, Burke E, Swales C, Silman A.Rheumatol Adv Pract. 2021 Sep 11;5(3):rkab063. doi: 10.1093/rap/rkab063. eCollection 2021.PMID: 34557624 Free PMC article.

Synovial fluid fingerprinting in end-stage knee osteoarthritis: a novel biomarker concept.

Jayadev C, Hulley P, Swales C, Snelling S, Collins G, Taylor P, Price A.Bone Joint Res. 2020 Oct 12;9(9):623-632. doi: 10.1302/2046-3758.99.BJR-2019-0192.R1. eCollection 2020 Sep.PMID: 33101658 Free PMC article.

The online version of an evidence-based hand exercise program for people with rheumatoid arthritis: A mixed-method, proof-of-concept study.

Srikesavan C, Williamson E, Thompson JY, Cranston T, Swales C, Lamb SE.J Hand Ther. 2020 Oct 26:S0894-1130(20)30190-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2020.10.011. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33279362

Angiopoietin-like 4 is over-expressed in rheumatoid arthritis patients: association with pathological bone resorption.

Swales C, Athanasou NA, Knowles HJ.

PLoS One. 2014;9(10):e109524

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of bone damage and repair in inflammatory arthritis.

Swales C, Sabokbar A.

Drug Discov Today. 2014;19(8):1178-85.

Utility of Ultrasound in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Emergency Rheumatology Clinic: Survey of Clinical Effectiveness

K. Bhamra, M. Seymour, C. Swales, P. Taylor

Ann Rheum Dis 2014;73:S2 659-660

Chromatin Modifying Mechanisms in Macrophages Differ between Healthy Controls and Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

K. Rooke, L. Kruidenier, H. Che, P. Mander, C. Swales, R. Prinjha, U. Oppermann

Ann Rheum Dis 2014;73:S2 823-824

A selective jumonji H3K27 demethylase inhibitor modulates the proinflammatory macrophage response.

Kruidenier L, Chung CW, Cheng Z, Liddle J, Che K, Joberty G, Bantscheff M, Bountra C, Bridges A, Diallo H, Eberhard D, Hutchinson S, Jones E, Katso R, Leveridge M, Mander PK, Mosley J, Ramirez-Molina C, Rowland P, Schofield CJ, Sheppard RJ, Smith JE, Swales C, Tanner R, Thomas P, Tumber A, Drewes G, Oppermann U, Patel DJ, Lee K, Wilson DM.

Nature. 2012;488(7411):404-8.

TSG-6 inhibits osteoclast activity via an autocrine mechanism and is functionally synergistic with osteoprotegerin.

Mahoney DJ, Swales C, Athanasou NA, Bombardieri M, Pitzalis C, Kliskey K, Sharif M, Day AJ, Milner CM, Sabokbar A.

Arthritis Rheum. 2011;63(4):1034-43

The pathobiology of osteoarthritis

Swales C. and Athanasou NA.

Orthopaedics and Trauma 2011; 24: 399 - 404

Independent roles for the dorsal paraflocculus and vermal lobule VII of the cerebellum in visuomotor coordination.

Kralj-Hans I, Baizer JS, Swales C, Glickstein M.

Exp Brain Res. 2007;177(2):209-22

Anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy in seronegative spondyloarthritis.

Swales C. and Bowness P.Clin Med 2005;5:219 – 222

Role of LIGHT in the pathogenesis of joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis.

Sabokbar A, Afrough S, Mahoney DJ, Uchihara Y, Swales C, Athanasou NA.

World J Exp Med. 2017 May 20;7(2):49-57. doi: 10.5493/wjem.v7.i2.49. eCollection 2017 May 20.


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Thoughts of being an imposter, in medical students.

Warraich S, Swales C, O'Leary D.

Clin Teach. 2017 May 18. doi: 10.1111/tct.12668. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

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