Professor Graham Hughes is one of London’s leading rheumatologists who specialises in lupus, and set up Europe’s first lupus centre at Hammersmith Hospital in 1973. In 1969-1970 he spent two years postgraduate as fellowship in New York at the Rheumatology & Lupus Centre of Dr Charles Christian. He described the clotting disorder known as Hughes syndrome and two years later in 1985 he setup the Lupus Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital. Professor Hughes received the World Rheumatology Research Prize for the description of Hughes syndrome in 1993. He is a member of the American Lupus Hall of Fame, and is doctor honoris causa at the universities of Marseille and Barcelona. Professor Hughes is a master of the American College of Rheumatology and founder and editor of the International Journal LUPUS.