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, Vedhara and Ferguson as well as Drs. Kelly, Valdes and Zhang, 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.
"Scientists are studying the properties of a mushroom that grows on caterpillars to see if it can be used as a painkiller for people with arthritis." Featured on East Midlands Today, 21 April 2015. 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 can be found here