College Fellows and Staff

Dr Hall

Dr Frances C Hall

Fellow in Medical and Veterinary Science

College Room: X6

College Tel: +44 1223 3 38876

Dept. Tel: +44 1223 3 30159



Personal Biography

Dr Frances Hall was born and grew up in Bristol, then studied Physiological Sciences and then Clinical Medicine at St Hugh's College Oxford (1983-89). House Officer Posts were located in Birmingham (Medicine) and Lancaster (Surgery) and she came to Cambridge for the first time as a Senior House Officer (1990-92). She rotated as a Registrar from Wexham Park Hospital, Slough to the Hammersmith Hospital in London, where she began her specialty training as a Rheumatologist.

Between 1994-7, Dr Hall returned to her alma mater, Oxford, to study for a D.Phil; the title of her thesis was "The T cell Receptor Repertoire in Rheumatoid Arthritis". This was followed by a further period in full-time research (1997-2000), this time as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Grete Sonderstrup-McDevitt and Hugh McDevitt at Stanford in California. During this sojourn in the "Sunshine State", Dr Hall met her future husband, then satellite engineer, Michael Robinson. They returned and married in the UK in 2000 and Dr Hall took up a post as Clinician-Scientist at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. She moved to Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2003 to take up her current post of University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, where she leads within the department on the care of patients with Connective Tissue Disease. Dr Hall was elected a Fellow of Sidney Sussex college at the start of the Michaelmas Term 2003.

In July 2007, Dr Hall and her husband adopted three boys, Jack (then 8), Harry (then 7) and Tom (then 5).

Selected Publications

Teir J, Koduri G, Meadows A, Griffin J, Kelsey C, Kola A, Persey M, Sinclair H, Yuksel F, Moshtaghi P, Ramabhadram B, Poole K, Pradeep J, Lane S, Pountain G, Scott DGI, Sheehan NJ, Stodell M, Young A, Hall FC. An audit of recording cardiovascular risk factors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus in centres in East Anglia and the South East. Rheumatology 2008; 47: 1252-4

Maki Petaja KM, Booth AD, Hall FC, Wallace SM, Furlong A, Cheriyan J, Ashby MJ, McEniery CM, Brown J, Wilkinson IB. Ezetimibe and simvastatin reduce inflammation, disease activity, aortic stiffness and improve endothelial function in rheumatoid arthritis. J Am Coll Cardol; 2007 50:852-858

Maki-Petaja K, Hall FC, Booth AD, Wallace SML, Yasmin, Bearcroft WP, Harish S, Furlong A, McEniery CM, Brown J, Wilkinson IB.

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased aortic pulse wave velocity, which is reduced by anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy. Circulation 2006 114: 1185-92

Hall FC and Dalbeth N

Disease modification and cardiovascular risk reduction: two sides of the same coin? Rheumatology 2005 44: 1473-82

Loughry A., Fairchild, S., Athanasou, N., Edwards, J., Hall, F.C.

Inflammatory arthritis and dermatitis in thymectomized, CD25+ cell-depleted adult mice. Rheumatology 2005 44: 299-308.

Dalbeth N, Edwards J, Fairchild S, Callan M, Hall F

The non-thiol angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor quinapril suppresses inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatology 2005 44: 24-31

Hall FC, Rabinowitz JD, Busch R, Visconti KC, Belmares M, Patil NS, Cope AP, Patel S, McConnell HM, Mellins ED, Sonderstrup G. 2002

Relationship between kinetic stability and immunogenicity of HLA-DR4/peptide complexes . Eur J Immunol 32:662-70