Professor McInnes is a Muirhead Professor of Medicine and is the current President of EULAR. He is the Director of the Institute of Infection, immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. He also serves as Director of the ARUK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Professor Iain McInnes studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and graduated with honours in 1989 before training in internal medicine and rheumatology. He completed his membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1992 and became a fellow (FRCP) in 2003. He completed his PhD and post-doctoral studies via fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, the Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC, UK) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty Fellowship Programme in both Glasgow and Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Professor McInnes’ research interests include understanding the role of cytokines in inflammatory synovitis. He leads a trials unit specialising in the use of biologic agents in early clinical trials in inflammatory arthritis. Professor McInnes has published widely in the areas of immunobiology and rheumatology, and he is Associate Editor of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and a member of the executive Editorial Board of the European Journal of Immunology. He gave the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) Droitwich Lecture in 2012, and the Gerald Weissmann Lecture in Rheumatology in New York in 2013. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, and in 2012 was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
He received the Sir James Black Prize Medal, a prestigious award in medicine in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the field of immunology. In 2019, Professor McInnes was awarded a CBE for services to Medicine.