Dr Stephen Simpson Director of Research, Versus Arthritis Stephen is Director of Research at Versus Arthritis, a post he took up in 2012. He is responsible for leading the development and effective implementation of research at the charity, including new areas of research translation and partnership funding. Prior to his current role, Stephen was Director of Life Sciences, Science Foundation Ireland, where he led the core objectives of delivering research excellence in the life sciences and sustaining economic relevance and growth of Irish research. Stephen also spent eight years as an editor at the international journal, Science, where he managed the publication of original high-impact research in immunology, cancer and infectious diseases. This followed a decade at the bench, performing and publishing biomedical research in the US, Ireland and the UK.