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Professor Mallen is the Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University, and an NIHR Research Professor in General Practice. Professor Mallen is also a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, in addition to leading Keele's Global Health Research and serving as the Director of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme for Primary Care.
His research interests focus on improving the management of common rheumatological complaints in primary care. In particular, he is interested in improving the diagnosis and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders in a general practice setting, both in the UK and in low and middle-income country settings.
Professor Mallen's NIHR Research Professorship focuses on 'missed opportunities' to improve the management of inflammatory conditions in primary care. Specific projects include using routinely collected GP consultation data to investigate the association in patients with gout, and vascular screening in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to his research, Professor Mallen also works as a practicing GP in a North Staffordshire surgery.