Associate Professor Philip Robinson

ATH - Associate Professor

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Philip trained in medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He then completed specialty training in general and acute care medicine and rheumatology in Wellington and Dunedin, New Zealand. He then completed a PhD in human genetics at the University of Queensland Diamantina Insititute and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland.

Clinically Philip currently works publically at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Herston, Queensland and privately at St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill.

Philip's research interests are in axial spondyloarthritis which encompasses both ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and the inflammatory crystal arthritis gout and the disease associations of serum urate. He also has interests in the classification of axial spondyloarthritis and inflammatory eye disease. More recently he co-founded the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance, and currently chairs the steering committee which aims to clarify the risks faced by patients with rheumatic disease during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Research Interests

  • COVID-19 & rheumatic disease
    How people with rheumatic disease fare during the novel coronavirus pandemic
  • Ankylosing spondylitis/Axial Spondyloarthritis
    Inflammatory arthritis of the spine and pelvis
  • Gout and Hyperuricaemia
    The inflammatory arthritis gout and the consequences of hyperuricaemia


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Otago


  • Nidorf, Stefan M., Layland, Jamie, Robinson, Philip C., Patel, Sanjay, Psaltis, Peter J. and Thompson, Peter L. (2022). Emerging evidence for the use of colchicine for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 216 (8), 385-387. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51488

  • Robinson, Philip C., Liew, David F. L., Tanner, Helen L., Grainger, John R., Dwek, Raymond A., Reisler, Ronald B., Steinman, Lawrence, Feldmann, Marc, Ho, Ling-Pei, Hussell, Tracy, Moss, Paul, Richards, Duncan and Zitzmann, Nicole (2022). COVID-19 therapeutics: challenges and directions for the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119 (15) e2119893119, e2119893119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2119893119

  • Putman, Michael, Kennedy, Kevin, Sirotich, Emily, Liew, Jean W, Sattui, Sebastian E, Moni, Tarin T, Akpabio, Akpabio A, Alpizar-Rodriguez, Deshire, Angevare, Saskya, Beesley, Richard P, Berenbaum, Francis, Bulina, Inita, Chock, Yu Pei Eugenia, Conway, Richard, Duarte-García, Ali, Singh, Aman Dev, Duff, Eimear, Durrant, Karen L, Gheita, Tamer A, Hill, Catherine L, Howard, Richard, Hoyer, Bimba F, Hsieh, Evelyn, el Kibbi, Lina, Kilian, Adam, Kim, Alfred H J, Liew, David F L, Lo, Chieh, Mateus, Elsa F ... Simard, Julia F (2022). COVID-19 vaccine perceptions and uptake: results from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Vaccine Survey. The Lancet Rheumatology, 4 (4), e237-e240. doi: 10.1016/S2665-9913(22)00001-7

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Available Projects

  • Projects in gout and crystal arthritis

  • Projects in axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Projects in gout and crystal arthritis

  • Projects in axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis