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Research Biography

Dr Wechalekar is a Specialist in Rheumatology (FRACP) and Associate Professor, Flinders University, College of Medicine & Public Health. He directs the synovial tissue bank based at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide (the only such facility in Australia) and has expertise in synovial biopsy analyses. His areas of interest are synovial membrane pathology, in health and disease, particularly early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Wechalekar's work has fostered several national and international collaborations, book chapters and journal publications. He is also a member of the steering committee of the A3BC (Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative), a nation-wide collaborative biobanking project.

In 2017, he was awarded the Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award.

External positions

Rheumatology Consultant, Flinders Medical Centre

31 Jul 2015 → …

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Research Output

Nivolumab-induced synovitis is characterized by florid T cell infiltration and rapid resolution with synovial biopsy-guided therapy

Murray-Brown, W., Wilsdon, T. D., Weedon, H., Proudman, S., Sukumaran, S., Klebe, S., Walker, J. G., Smith, M. D. & Wechalekar, M. D., Jun 2020, In : Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer. 8, 1, 6 p., e000281.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Precision Medicine with Leflunomide: Consideration of DHODH Haplotype and Plasma Teriflunomide Concentration can Substantially Modify Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Wiese, M. D., Hopkins, A., King, C., Wechalekar, M. D., Lee, A., Spargo, L., Metcalf, R., McWilliams, L., Hill, C., Cleland, L. G. & Proudman, S. M., 27 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Arthritis Care & Research. 22 p.

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  • Repeat serological testing for anti-citrullinated peptide antibody after commencement of therapy is not helpful in patients with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis

    Reid, A. B., Wiese, M., McWilliams, L., Metcalf, R., Hall, C., Lee, A., Hill, C., Wechalekar, M., Cleland, L. & Proudman, S. M., 1 Jul 2020, In : Internal Medicine Journal. 50, 7, p. 818-822 5 p.

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  • Synovial biopsies in inflammatory arthritis: precision medicine in rheumatoid arthritis

    Small, A. & Wechalekar, M. D., 3 Mar 2020, In : Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics. 20, 3, p. 315-325 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Factors associated with medication adherence in a longitudinal study of rheumatoid arthritis patients

    Wabe, N., Lee, A., Wechalekar, M., McWilliams, L., Proudman, S. & Wiese, M., Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Clinical Practice. 73, 7, e13375.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)