Arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects 1% of the adults in Europe, North America and Japan, and reduces life span by up to 10 years. Iain McInnes is one of the world’s leading researchers into rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, and his work has been hugely influential in driving new approaches and treatments for inflammatory diseases. He was awarded the Sir James Black Prize Medal in 2016 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his “outstanding contribution to the field of immunology”. The purpose of his visit to Dundee is to initiate new collaborations between the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow, which he directs, and scientists and clinicians in Dundee. Iain is also Director of the ARUK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis and in this capacity has led many laboratory pathogenesis investigation programmes in inflammatory arthritis as well as international multi-centre clinical trials. He leads the European Roadmap programme that is defining the research agenda for rheumatology in Europe over the next decade and is the President Elect of EULAR (The European League Against Arthritis). Iain has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences.