Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre


The Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at The University of Nottingham investigates the mechanisms that lead to the chronic pain experienced by sufferers of arthritis, in order to improve the treatment of that pain. 

Who we are

Following the completion of our first five years, we are now about to embark on a further five years after receiving additional funding from Arthritis Research UK.

The Director of the Centre is David Walsh, Professor in Rheumatology, and the Deputy Director is Professor Victoria Chapman. 

See the full list of Pain Centre members.


Our mission is to pursue international excellence in multidisciplinary, translational research, thereby enhancing understanding of arthritis pain and improving its treatment.

Research is undertaken by a multidisciplinary team based in the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences. The team, led by Professors Walsh, Chapman, Auer, Lincoln, Doherty, Scammell, VedharaFerguson and Zhang as well as Drs. Donaldson and Valdes, bring together expertise in the investigation of pain mechanisms and the evaluation and development of existing and new analgesics.

Psychological aspects, including patients’ beliefs about their pain are being studied alongside magnetic resonance imaging of brain activity. Studies of the peripheral, spinal and brain mechanisms contributing to arthritis pain is increasing our understanding and pointing the way to the potential of novel treatment targets.

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing

The new Centre for Doctoral Training in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing (CDT MHPAW) provides PhD training for clinical and non-clinical scientists. The CDT MHPAW is delivered and managed collaboratively by three Nottingham centres of research excellence; the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre of Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. Further information.

International Association for Study of Pain (IASP)

Special Interest Group (SIG) on Musculoskeletal Pain. Newsletter March 2016 click here



"Prevalence of chronic pain in the UK: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population studies" BMJ article featured in the National Press, June 2016. Further details

Funding of £2m received from Arthritis Research UK, to deliver arthritis pain research into the next decade.  Further details

Calendar of meetings

List of Pain Centre meetings

General enquiries

Please contact the Administrative Co-ordinator, Jane Healy

T: +44(0)115 82 31766
F: +44(0)115 82 31757

or the Pain Centre Office Clerk at

T: +44(0)115 82 31092

Clinical advice

Unfortunately, the centre is unable to provide clinical advice for the treatment of arthritis and would suggest you contact your doctor.

Further information and support regarding arthritis can be found via the Arthritis Care website.

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Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre

Clinical Sciences Building
City Hospital
Nottingham, NG5 1PB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1766 ext 31766
fax: +44 (0) 115 823 1757