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, 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.



National Arthritis Week is running from 12-18 October 2015.  Click here for further information.

"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

Public involvement

If you are a member of the public, find out more about what we do and why it is important.

Support us

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Donations to the Centre can be made via Impact: The Nottingham Campaign (click on the logo above), or via the Arthritis Research UK website.

General enquiries

Please contact the Administrative Co-ordinator, Jane Healy

tel: +44(0)115 82 31766

fax: +44(0)115 82 31757


or Rose Farrands-Bentley, Pain Centre Office Clerk

tel: +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.




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