Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Centre Membership

Members of the Centre are encouraged to participate in our regular series of scientific and strategic meetings.  The Centre is a key component of the University of Nottingham’s clinical translational research strategy, and both the University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust strongly support the Centre’s activities and infrastructure, including patient and public engagement and involvement, staff development, and the Centre’s research agenda. 

Centre membership is intended to facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research of the highest quality and should be of mutual benefit to both member and the Centre. Collectively the members of the Centre are expected to contribute to sustaining the research goals of the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis via publications, presentations, grant applications and other communications. The Centre will acknowledge and publicise its member’s successes through its reports and this website. 

Current Centre members are: 

Abhishek Abhishek

Clinical Associate Professor of Rheumatology, School of Medicine

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Dr Abhishek is a Clinical Associate Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust since September 2014. Prior to that he was a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for one and a half years. 

He completed higher specialist training in February 2013, gaining dual Certification in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology from East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. His higher specialist training was interspersed with a PhD at Nottingham University and post-doctoral experience at The University of Birmingham.

He has diverse research interests including epidemiology of rheumatic diseases, clinical studies in crystal arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Over the last 3 years he has had research funding to the tune of £650,000 from Versus Arthritis, National Institute of Health Research, Rosetrees Charitable Trust, AstraZeneca, Oxford Immunotech, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Charity, and the European League Against Rheumatism. He was the lead for musculoskeletal diseases and disability (MDD) module for undergraduate medical education at the University of Nottingham. 

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Professor Dorothee Auer

Professor of Neuroimaging, Faculty of Medicine & Health Science

Dorothee Auer

Dorothee's current research interest is to develop imaging biomarkers in the field of Clinical Neurosciences by using advanced MRI techniques. The aims are (1) to understand the pathophysiology of diseases or complex symptoms across diseases, (2) to improve diagnostic accuracy, and (3) to predict and assess therapeutic interventions. Methods used are MR proton spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, perfusion, relaxometry, high resolution carotid imaging and combined electrophysiological/functional MRI with special interst in brian connectivity analysis. The clinical applications are for prediction of risk of stroke, monitoring neurodegeneration, classification and response prediction in paediatric and adult brain cancer, and understanding the neural basis of pain and depression treatment.  

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Professor Dave Barrett

Professor of Analytical Bioscience, School of Pharmacy

Dave BarrettDave's expertise are in: Metabolic profiling of biofluids and tissues, lipid analysis, metabolomics, biomarker discovery, mass spectrometry imaging. 

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Dr Tobias Bast

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Tobias-BastTobias studies the brain mechanisms of cognition and behaviour. To this end, he mainly combines in vivo neurobiological methods with behavioural testing in rodent models. More recently, he has also begun using similar behavioural assays in human participants to facilitate translation of findings from rodent models to people.  Tobias’ research focuses on how a brain circuit consisting of the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and connected subcortical regions mediates and integrates important cognitive functions – including memory and attention – and other behavioural processes (emotional, motivational, sensorimotor). In addition, he studies how dysfunction in this brain circuit causes cognitive and behavioural deficits. Together with colleagues from the Pain Centre, he studies the interaction between chronic pain, brain and cognition.

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Dr Andrew Bennett

School of Life Sciences, Queen's Medical Centre

Andrew Bennett


  • Nutrient regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

  • Regulation of gene expression by lipids and carbohydrate.

  • Role of steroid hormone transcription factors in health and disease

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Professor Holly Blake

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Queen's Medical Centre

Holly BlakeHolly is a chartered health psychologist and Associate Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences. Her research primarily focuses on (a) promoting health and wellbeing to prevent chronic disease (e.g. healthy lifestyle and/or psychological intervention); (b) assisting people in the self-management of long-term conditions through health promotion and self-care, psychological approaches, behavioural intervention and education. 

She is a member of the Centre for Healthcare Technologies and is interested in how we can use technology (e.g. online learning tools, website, email and mobile phone messaging, wearables) to improve services and patient experience, promote health and wellbeing, and help people to manage chronic conditions. 

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Professor Meritxell Canals

Professor of Cellular Pharmacology, School of Life Sciences

Meritxell CanalsMeritxell is a biochemist/pharmacologist with expertise in the interactions between G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) and intracellular proteins, and their consequences for receptor signalling and trafficking. She is a basic researcher with particular interest in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain transmission. 

Meritxell did her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Barcelona, Spain and at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Her PhD was part of a EU-funded multidisciplinary project that examined the interactions between adenosine and dopamine receptors in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr Canals completed postdoctoral training in a series of leading pharmacology groups. In the laboratory of Prof G Milligan in Glasgow, she focused on the functional consequences of GPCR co-expression and oligomerisation for which she developed novel RET techniques. As a senior post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Profs R Leurs and M Smit in Amsterdam, she focused on the regulation, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of chemokine receptors. In 2010, Meritxell was awarded a Monash Fellowship to start her independent line of research within the Drug Discovery Biology (DDB) Theme at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). In 2017 she took a sabbatical year to work with her long time collaborators at the departments of surgery, psychiatry and pharmacology at Columbia University, New York. At the end of 2018, Meritxell moved to the University of Nottingham, to join the Centre of Membrane Protein and Receptors, (COMPARE) a joined venture between the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham. 

The main focus of her research is peptide receptors involved in pain transmission (opioid, neurokinin and calcitonin gene-related peptide receptors) and immune response (chemokine receptors). While these GPCRs are undisputed targets for the treatment of pain and inflammation, and have an extensive pharmacological toolbox, the use of drugs targeting these receptors is still limited by the development of side effects (such as opioid-induced tolerance or respiratory depression) or by lack of efficacy. Her lab uses sophisticated biochemistry and imaging techniques combined with analytical pharmacology and drug delivery approaches to address these issues and provide a path for improved and safer pain management therapeutics.

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Professor Victoria Chapman

Professor of Neuropharmacology, Life Sciences

Vicky Chapman photoVicky is Deputy Director of the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis and has responsibility for the management of pre-clinical studies. Her research has contributed to advances in the understanding of peripheral and central processing of nociceptive inputs and the mechanisms associated with the manifestation of aberrant pain responses associated with chronic pain states. She has a background in neuropharmacology (PhD under the supervision of Professor Anthony Dickenson), which provides a strong foundation for her interest in the investigation of disease specific mechanisms of chronic pain responses, and the identification of novel analgesic targets in particular relevant to osteoarthritis pain. Vicky has experience of being PI, managing and delivering on inter-disciplinary research projects, funded by the Welcome Trust, the MRC and pharmaceutical industry.  

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Dr Kim Chisholm

Anne Mclaren Research Fellow


I am fascinated by the intricacies and complexities of neuronal networks involved in chronic pain conditions. Among these networks lamina I projection neurons are believed to play a key role in many pain conditions. They project all the way from the spinal cord to the brain and are therefore considered an important output system of sensory processing in the spinal cord. For example, they send integrated signals of pain, temperature and itch to the brain, where these stimuli will ultimately be perceived by individuals.  

Although projection neurons are seen as quite a homogenous collection of neurons, it is now clear that subsets exist, which can be defined by their genetics and function. I aim to better understand lamina I projection neuron diversity (especially based on their brain targets) using novel techniques such as in vivo microscopy and chemo/optogenetics. By better understanding their function and genetics during acute and chronic pain, we may be able to uncover pathways that could be targeted in chronic pain treatment. 

I am also interested in developing new ways to look at the peripheral and central nervous system, mostly through in vivo microscopy – a technique that allows the study of whole networks of cells simultaneously in an intact but anaesthetised animal. This provides a view into systems for which effective replacement models do not yet exist. These and other techniques have allowed me to collaborate with many inspiring groups, looking at diverse pain and neurological conditions. As such I have shared journeys looking at the effect of systemic temperature on the sympathetic nervous system, the way bladder distention is encoded by our sensory nerves, the resilience of interneuron calcium signalling to painful stimuli, the infiltration of immune cells into pathological spinal cord tissues, and the effects of neuromodulation on cortical excitability. I aim to meet many more exciting people, to travel down other scientific paths that can be lit up by in vivo microscopy. Please drop me a line if you are interested in working together or knowing more (

in-vivo (Kim's bio)

 An illustration of the versatility and power of in vivo microscopy: Examples involving the visualisation of calcium transients (indicative of neuronal activity) in neurons of the peripheral nervous system and the spinal cord as well as mitochondrial function in the cortex.


Dr Jemima Collins

Clinical Associate Professor in the Care of Older People

Dr Jemima Collins smilingJemima was appointed to the role of Clinical Associate Professor in the Care of Older People in 2024, having been an NIHR-funded University of Nottingham Academic Clinical Lecturer prior to this (2021-2023). In her previous role as a post-doctorate Academic Clinical Lecturer, she developed an interest in clinical research in ageing populations with chronic pain. She is currently leading two grants exploring pain phenotyping and the experience of pain, in people living with dementia. Further work in this portfolio will include observational and interventional studies in pain in people living with frailty. Alongside this, she firmly believes in embedding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement within all stages of the research process, from design to dissemination. Clinically, Jemima is a Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.


Federico Dajas-Bailador

Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences

Federico 2023

Federico is a neuroscientist with expertise in the mechanisms that control neuron connectivity. Having studied for his undergraduate degree at the Universidad de la Republica, in Uruguay, Federico moved to the UK to undertake his PhD at the University of Bath and then to a postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester, which culminated in work as Co-Investigator in an MRC funded project. In 2013, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, where he formed the Axon Biology Lab at the School of Life Sciences.      

His work focusses on the cellular and molecular processes that take part in axon development and function, both in the central and peripheral nervous system. Work in the lab investigates signal integration and the regulation of protein levels in the axon, including the study of the mechanisms controlling local protein translation by microRNAs and the specific regulation of axonal protein expression by selective degradation. This work has led to significant advances in the understanding of miRNA function in the development of cortical primary neuronal networks. 

In pain research, the overarching aim of his lab is to identify those microRNAs that might have a role in the control of nociceptor neuron function and the chronification of pain, to investigate how they work and to understand their potential as targets for pain treatment.

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Cornelia de Moor

Associate Professor in RNA Biology, School of Pharmacy

Cornelia De MoorCornelia is Associate Professor in RNA Biology at the School of Pharmacy in Nottingham. Her work focusses on post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene expression, especially mRNA polyadenylation, stability and translation. There is increasing evidence that these processes play a large role in the regulation of inflammation, neuronal plasticity and tissue remodelling, and that they can be targeted in diseases where such processes are dysregulated, such as in arthritis. Her work also has relevance for cancer. Indeed, her work has shown that an inhibitor of polyadenylation, cordycepin, is effective for pain and halts joint deterioration in models of osteoarthritis and reduces cell proliferation. Cordycepin is now under investigation as a lead compound for the treatment of osteoarthritis and cancer. 

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Professor Michael Doherty

Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham, City Hospital campus

DohertyMichael is an Emeritus Professor, based in Academic Rheumatology at Nottingham City Hospital. His main research interests are osteoarthritis (OA), gout, calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition (CPPD), placebo/contextual response and evidence-based medicine. He has expertise in clinical and epidemiological studies, community-based clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

He has over 400 original research publications and was awarded the OA Research Society International (OARSI) Clinical Research Award for 2012 and the 2021 G-CAN Gold Medal Investigator Award. He is a past editor of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (1992-99), has co-chaired EULAR Task Forces for evidence-based recommendations for OA, gout and CPPD arthritis, and has been involved as a clinical expert in NICE appraisals for OA and gout. He was awarded a Lord Dearing prize for teaching and learning in 2001 and the NUH Trust Undergraduate Educator award for 2020.

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Professor Lucy Donaldson

Professor of Sensory Physiology, School of Life Sciences and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Graduate School and Researcher Career Development

Lucy DonaldsonLucy is a neurophysiologist with expertise in neuronal function in acute and chronic pain, particularly in arthritis. Lucy studied for her undergraduate (Dentistry BDS, Neuroscience BSc (Hons) and postgraduate (PhD, Pharmacology) degrees at the University of Edinburgh. From there she moved to a post-doctoral position at the University of California, working on several projects including tachykinin receptor expression and function (with Michael Hanley), neuronal cation-chloride co-transporters (with John Payne) and protein kinases (with Don Walsh).

In 1996 she was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Leicester, where she worked on neuronal prostaglandins in collaboration with Blair Grubb. In 1999 she moved to the Dept of Physiology, University of Bristol. She has worked on multiple projects since then including TRP channel, cyclooxygenase and galanin contributions to primary afferent nociceptor function (MRC, Versus Arthritis funded), neuronal mechanisms in arthritic symmetry (Wellcome Trust funded), descending prostanergic facilitatory control systems (BBSRC, MRC funded, with Prof Bridget Lumb), mTOR peripheral translation mechanisms (MRC funded, with Profs Lumb and Hunt), and most recently vascular endothelial growth factors in neuroprotection and pain (funded by Diabetes UK and Versus Arthritis). 

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Professor Avril Drummond

Professor of Healthcare Research and Occupational Therapist

Avril Drummond

Avril is an occupational therapist by professional background. She is Professor of Healthcare Research in the School of Health Sciences. She is primarily interested in evaluating rehabilitation interventions after joint replacement and in falls reduction and management. Her expertise is in evaluating complex interventions particularly using mixed methods and randomized controlled trial designs.

She has recently completed several trials; HippotyHop- evaluating withdrawing hip precautions after hip replacement; CORKA- Community based rehabilitation after knee arthroplasty and OTIS-Occupational therapist home assessment and modification for prevention of falls. Her current trials include OPAL2- Providing Occupational Advice for patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the lower limb: AVERT-Optimising the Care of Older People Hospitalized with an Acute Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture-A Feasibility Study and FIREFLI - Do safe and well visits delivered by the Fire and Rescue service reduce falls among older people?

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Professor Eamonn Ferguson

Professor of Health Psychology, University Park campus

Eamonn-Ferguson-newEamonn Ferguson (BSc PhD) is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham (chartered health and occupational psychologist). His research focuses on the role of personality traits with respect to health outcomes (e.g., symptom perceptions, drug taking, and adherence), pro-social behaviour (charitable donations, blood/organ donation) and medical selection and training.

He is the co-founding president of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences ( His work incorporates a mixture of lab based experiments using economic games and pain perception, field based work using ecological momentary sampling methods and intervention studies. He also has a long standing interest in the structure and assessment of traits using a variety of psychometric and taxometric procedures. 

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Dr Pavel Gershkovich

Associate Professor of Biopharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Pavel GershkovichPavel Gershkovich is an Associate Professor of Biopharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham.

His research interests include the following areas:

1. Improvement of the efficiency, selectivity and safety profile of pharmacological therapy based on knowledge of pathophysiology of disease states.

2. Intestinal absorption of drugs, including the mechanisms of intestinal absorption and novel methods to overcome barriers to systemic bioavailability of orally administered drugs.

3. Effects of disease states on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs.

4. Effect of food and its composition on absorption, disposition, action and toxicity of drugs.

Research in his laboratory has direct clinical significance, i.e., translational research. It is accomplished by an active collaboration with medical clinicians, including at hospital interface. 

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Professor Penny Gowland

School of Physics and Astronomy

Penny GowlandPenny has worked on developing quantitative MR techniques to answer a variety of biomedical questions for more than 30 years. She has particular interests in techniques for structural and functional neuroimaging at 7T, and the interactions of electromagnetic fields with the human body.

She has worked at Nottingham most of her career having initially done her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton. 

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Professor Paul Greenhaff

Professor of Muscle Metabolism, School of Life Sciences

Paul Greenhaff photo 2020Paul Greenhaff is Professor of Muscle Metabolism in the Division of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He is deputy director of the MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, a member of the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis and metabolism strand lead for the musculoskeletal disease theme of the Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

Current research interests are centred on the loss of muscle mass and the dysregulation of muscle metabolism in ageing, immobilisation, acute trauma and inflammation and chronic disease, and strategies (including exercise, nutrition and pharmacological interventions) to offset these negative and pathophysiological effects. He has maintaining continuous research funding for nearly 30 years from government, charities and industry, and has published >170 original, peer-reviewed papers to date, and numerous review articles and book chapters. 

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Dr Michelle Hall

Lecturer, Health Sciences, City Hospital

Michelle HallMichelle is a physiotherapist who has worked extensively in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and rheumatology and is currently a lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham.  In 2009 she was awarded a 3 year Allied Health Professionals Fellowship by Versus Arthritis to investigate the relationships between knee pain, radiographic severity and ultrasound features of inflammation in the community.

Michelle’s research interests include developing effective strategies for managing knee pain and knee OA, improving outcome for people following total knee replacement, enhancing the contextual effect of therapeutic interventions, management of fibromyalgia.  She is a co-investigator on a study developing a nurse-led package of care for knee pain (Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Musculoskeletal Theme).

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Dr John Harris

Division of Animal Sciences, Sutton Bonington campus 

John HarrisJohn is a neurophysiologist who studies spinally organised reflex responses in acute and chronic pain states with the aim of developing improved analgesic therapies. His research group is therefore interested in studying the organisation of withdrawal reflexes per se to see how their organisation may change in chronic pain as well as looking pharmacologically at molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain using electrophysiological recordings of spinal reflexes as a measure of central nervous system excitability. In particular his group is interested in the modulation of spinal cord excitability by inhibitory and facilitatory supraspinal pathways and how this changes in chronic pain states, as well as the potentially confounding effect anaesthesia may have on experimental outcomes.

In addition to measuring reflexes in pre-clinical models of osteoarthritis (OA), his current research is investigating potential changes in reflexes in client-owned dogs and cats with OA/chronic joint disease in collaboration with vets at the University of Bristol and North Carolina State University. In addition his group is investigating spontaneous OA in commercial pigs in the hope of improving welfare and the treatment of OA in this farm species, as well as the use of the pig as a potential model for human OA. 

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Dr Gareth Hathway

Life Sciences, Queen's Medical Centre

Gareth HathwayDr Hathway’s research group is sited within newly refurbished and equipped laboratories within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The broad focus of his research is to understand the underlying neurobiological processes that occur when an individual experiences pain. In particular he is interested in the contribution that supraspinal brainstem centres, the rostral ventral medial medulla (RVM) and the periaqueductal grey (PAG) play in the induction and maintenance of chronic pain and also how these centres influence the postnatal maturation of pain processing and maintain chronic pain states. These supraspinal sites are central to the action of opioid analgesics, and neurones within these regions are able to powerfully inhibit or facilitate the excitability of neurones within the dorsal horn of the spinal cord and therefore are able to decrease or increase the amount of pain an individual experiences. His group has pioneered the use of multi-electrode array electrophysiology in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord to seek to understand how networks of pain processing neurons change during the life course and in the establishment of chronic pain.

Another avenue of his research is in understanding the interaction of neurons with non-neuronal cells in the CNS especially over early life. His lab utilises in vivo neurophysiological techniques, immunohistochemical anatomical methods and quantitative PCR. He is the Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain, serves on grants panels for Versus Arthritis and is the Director of Neuroscience Degrees at The University of Nottingham. 

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Dr Sayyed Haybatollahi

Chartered Psychologist, Docent in statistics, and Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham, School of Psychology

Sayyed Haybatollahi smiling at the cameraSayyed Haybatollahi (PhD) is a Chartered Psychologist, Docent in statistics, and Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham, School of Psychology. His research focuses on the long-lasting impacts of chronic pain (e.g., knee osteoarthritis) on physical and mental health to improve healthy lifestyles and health behaviours. He has interests in developing mathematical models (e.g., latent class growth models, group-based trajectory) to investigate pain mechanisms in longitudinal data as well as to perform systematic review and meta-analytical investigation of pain experiences among different ethnical minorities.

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Mr Paul Hendrick

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Queen's Medical Centre

Paul HendrickPaul graduated as a Physiotherapist from Guys Hospital (London) in 1989.  Paul worked in a range of fields including musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation and chronic pain management.  Paul undertook his graduate Diploma in Manipulative Theraphy in 1999 and his Masters in 2002 at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  Paul taught on the undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy courses at the University of Otago and completed his PhD in 2011 on the role of physical activity in recovery from low back pain. 

Paul is a Lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, manual therapy, pain management and evidence based practice.  Paul's teaching and research interests include the role of physical activity in chronic disease prevention and management, the link between pain mechanisms and treatment intervention and outcomes in chronic pain and the development and testing of exercise and physical activity interventions to improve msk outcomes and promote self management. 

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Professor Marilyn James

Professor of Health Economics, School of Medicine 

Marilyn JamesMarilyn has worked as a health economist across a number of different sectors including the NHS at unit and district levels, a large inner city PCT; academia and the private sector, as senior global health economist to AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals. The focus of her research work is applied economic evaluation where she has published and presented widely.

She was the Health Economics Advisor to the National Diabetic Retinopathy Network “Four Nations Group” and was economics advisor to the Department of Health’s National Screening Committee’s Ante Natal Sub Group. She has for many years provided technical and policy advice to Regional R&D directorates in health economics and is a respected health economic reviewer for a number of government bodies and research councils nationally and internationally.  

Her current research portfolio is wide and is concentrated upon the practical application of economic evaluation in a number of research settings. These include evaluation in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), ophthalmology, orthopaedics, orthotics, pharmaceuticals and primary care. She was responsible for producing the economic guidance for the National Service Framework in Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy based on original research, economic modelling and evidence review and has recently been awarded a 5 year programme grant in this field. Cost utility analysis has been a further focus using health utility indices such as EuroQol to assist purchasers in making prioritisation decisions. 

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Dr Victoria James

Associate Professor in Cancer Biology

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Victoria is a molecular biologist with an interest in the mechanisms that underpin the development and progression of complex disease. Victoria obtained a PhD in genetics from the University of Leicester and pursued postdoctoral training in the fields of molecular and cell biology. She was awarded the prestigious JG Graves Research Fellowship in 2012, which she held at the University of Sheffield Cancer Research UK Centre until joining the University of Nottingham as a lecturer in 2014.

Victoria's research is focussed on understanding how cells communicate with each other both locally and distally using different mechanisms of extracellular communication, via RNA and proteins. We aim to utilise this information to better understand disease process, identify novel markers to better stage and predict disease behaviour and the development of novel therapeutic strategies. 

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Dr Chitra Joseph

Research Fellow

Chitra Joseph

Chitra Joseph is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Injury, Recovery, & Inflammation Sciences Academic Unit of the University of Nottingham within the Pain Center Versus Arthritis. She is currently working on a project”, Investigating studies of the expression of pain targets on osteoarthritis tissues and the association of target expression with osteoarthritis pain,” funded by Orion Pharma.

Chitra received her PhD from the University of Nottingham (ORSAS and UoN scholarships). During her post-doctoral years, she investigated the molecular and cellular tissue repair mechanisms in response to injury and inflammation, leading to pathological changes in tissues.

She is passionate about teaching and currently runs a course for PGRs on Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature as part of the Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty Training Program.

 She is a co-founder of the Parents in Science Society at Nottingham University. We offer support, mentorship, and individualized guidance to staff and students with parental responsibility. The society is open to every member of the University of Nottingham Family with the goal of improving career opportunities, providing advice on improving work-life balance, and promoting mental well-being for individuals with parental commitment.

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Professor Joe Kai

Professor and Head of Primary Care 

Joe KaiJoe Kai has been an inner city GP (family physician) since 1991 and Professor of Primary Care at Nottingham since 2003. He heads a large and top performing primary care department which is part of the NIHR School of Primary Care Research, and which delivers medical undergraduate teaching across all years of the BM BS course at Nottingham.

He leads a range of health professional training, and related research to reduce ethnic inequalities in health care, and in applied genetics, using qualitative, primary care database and trial methods. 

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Dr Roger Knaggs

Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy

Roger KnaggsRoger is Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nottingham and an advanced pharmacy practitioner at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he works as a member of the multidisciplinary pain management service. He is a Council member of the British Pain Society and regularly provides media comment on issues relating to pain management on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Roger’s research interests relate to prescribing of analgesic medicines and associated clinical outcomes and healthcare utilisation. Current research is focussing on understanding the implications of the changes in opioid prescribing over recent years and their geographical variation, together with understanding the impact of recent legislative changes related to controlled drugs. 

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Dr Rob Lane

Assistant Professor in Molecular Pharmacology, Life Sciences

Rob LaneRob Lane joined the Centre of Membrane Protein and Receptors (COMPARE) in the School of Life Sciences in October 2018. Rob’s work focuses on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with a particular emphasis on developing novel approaches to treat CNS disorders. These GPCR tagets inlcude dopamine and opioid receptors. These receptors are the target of approximately one third of clinically used drugs. There remains, however, a high attrition rate of GPCR drug discovery that in part reflects our limited understanding of the function of these proteins.

One main line of research in his laboratory is aimed at understanding the structural basis of drug binding and specificity in these receptors, how they modulate receptor function and ultimately dictate their physiological effect. A particular focus is on two paradigms of GPCR drug action that may be exploited to develop new drugs with greater target or tissue selectivity, allosteric modulation and biased agonism. The lab combines analytical pharmacology with advanced biochemical and imaging techniques to interrogate receptor function and signaling. Through close collaborations with structural biologists, medicinal chemists and neuroscientists his lab is developing novel chemical and genetic tools and use them to gain fundamental insights regarding the physiological effect of  GPCR signalling in a particular cell population or tissue.

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Professor Ravi Mahajan

Professor and Honorary Consultant of Anaesthesia & Critical Care, Queen's Medical Centre 

Ravi MahajanRavi's research interests are patient safety, outcomes and quality improvement, neuro-vascular regulation and muscle energy regulation.  

His international and national roles include, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK; Chairman of Board of Trustees, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK; Council Member, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; and Trustee, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. 

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Dr Daniel McWilliams

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, City Hospital campus

Dan McWilliamsDaniel McWilliams is a post-doctoral research fellow within the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis. He has interests in studies of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal pain and central sensitisation/pain mechanisms. His published studies include epidemiological data analysis in longitudinal studies of rheumatoid arthritis, pain mechanisms in rheumatoid arthritis, structural progression of rheumatoid joint damage and osteoarthritis.

He also works as part of a team that manages the collection, storage and research into biological samples taken from people with musculoskeletal conditions, or taken post-mortem. 

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Georgia Melia

Clinical Research Practitioner, East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, Queens Medical Centre

HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral bridging fellow, University of Nottingham 

Georgia Melia

I am an associate fellow at the University of Nottingham completing the HEE/NIHR pre-doctoral bridging programme 2022/2023. My research interest lies in the broad area of injury and recovery. Through working in the East Midlands Major Trauma centre, I have developed a keen interest in chronic pain, particularly identifying patients that are at risk with the aim to develop/adapt interventions during early hospitalisation for the prevention of chronic pain.

My current research projects include a systematic review and a service evaluation investigating prevalence and risk factors for chronic pain development following major trauma. The results will be used to support a doctoral application to continue further research in the field of chronic pain following major trauma.

I have worked in a research role at Nottingham University Hospitals for three years across a range of clinical departments, gaining professional registration from the Academy for Healthcare Science in 2021. I currently oversee a number of clinical trials day to day within the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre. I’m responsible for patient recruitment, collecting and processing tissue samples, data collection, data input and general study duties and queries.

I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Nottingham Trent University in 2018 and in the same year, was awarded an academic excellence scholarship fund to undertake a Research Masters in Biomechanics. Applied Physiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health were modules of particular interest. Work from my Masters was subsequently published in 2021 in the Journal of Applied Ergonomics.

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Bonnie Millar

Musculoskeletal Project Manager, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre MSK Communications Lead and Recruitment Co-ordinator for the Pain Centre

Bonnie MillarBonnie Millar is the Musculoskeletal Project Manager for the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, NIHR
Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre MSK Communications Lead and Recruitment Co-ordinator for the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis. Bonnie holds a B.A and M.A. from Trinity College Dublin and a M.A. and PhD. from the University of Nottingham.

She joined the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit in 2014 to work on the QUIET-1 clinical trial, co-ordinating recruitment and trial activities. In 2016-7 Bonnie brought together her expertise in critical theory, research methodology, textual analysis and audit to facilitate the transfer of research data pertaining to studies conducted within the Tinnitus etiology and management research area into a single research data repository. In addition she has a proven record in scoping reviews, working as part of the Clinical Hearing Sciences team on literature reviews pertaining to Cisplatin and Carboplatin induced ototoxicity.

Currently, she is co-ordinating a number of musculoskeletal and osteoarthritis studies, including the Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Cohort Study. Bonnie is actively involved in disability studies, medical humanities, story-telling for health and qualitative research.  

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Paul Millns 

Senior Research Technician, Life Sciences 

Paul Millns

Paul is a senior research technician in the Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience Division of the School of Life Sciences and carries out and supports research within the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis. 

Paul’s current research aims to assess the use of adult mouse dorsal root ganglion neurons in microfluidic chambers. The chambers allow the cell body and nerve ending to be exposed to different medium and stimuli, this in turn models the different environments in the knee. Paul’s previous research involved studying the role of TLR3 in the development and maintenance of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. A major part of Paul’s past research has been centred on the role of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids in modulating neuropathic pain; the research involved the induction of neuropathic pain in a preclinical model and the subsequent study of the modulation of capsaicin evoked changes in intracellular calcium concentration in dorsal root ganglion neurons. 

Paul has experience in a broad spectrum of laboratory techniques some of which include: the culture of primary cells, calcium imaging in cultured cells, phagocytosis assays, radio-isotope based pharmacological assays, immunohistochemistry, image analysis and is a personal license holder (ASPA) modules I-IV. Paul is also an assistant safety officer and has trained and supervised under graduates, post graduates and members of staff. 

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Professor Roshan das Nair

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Medicine

Roshan Das Nair

Roshan das Nair is Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham and Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF (Norway). He is a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist.

 After qualifying as a clinical psychologist from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, he obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham. Between 2001-2003, Prof das Nair worked as a Lecturer at the University of Zambia, and until November 2016, he was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

 Prof das Nair's research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of complex interventions within health and social settings. He is specifically interested in the interface between mental and physical health. His work incorporates randomised controlled trials, qualitative methods, systematic reviews, and implementation science.

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Dr Galina Pavlovskaya 

Associate Professor, Translational Imaging, Medicine 

Galina PavlovskayaGalina is a MR physicist with the expertise in sodium MRI and microimaging (UTE, MQF) at ultra-high field (9.4T), particularly in applying these techniques in exploring new imaging markers in diseases associated with physical stresses i.e. arthritis and injuries in sports medicine. Galina studied for her undergraduate (Soft Condensed Matter Physics) degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia and postgraduate (PhD, Chemical Physics) degree at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. From there she moved to a post-doctoral position at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida, USA working on MRI of fluid flows in tissues following a second post-doctoral post in MRI of bio-fluid flow in stenotic geometries at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA.  She continued as an independent Researcher at Colorado State University developing hyperpolarised MRI methodology for lung studies and sodium MRI methodology for soft tissues characterisation.

In 2009 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, where she continued to work on hyperpolarisation techniques, sodium methodology developments including novel technology of sodium sensing in joints using pocket-sized MRI.   She was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2017, her research is currently funded by MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and charities. She also contributes to UG teaching in the School of Medicine with a module “Physics of the body” and in the School of Physics and Astronomy with 3rd and 4th year research project students. She is currently Postgraduate teaching and training lead for Doctoral Programmes in the School of Medicine. 

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Dr Richard Pearson

Medicine, Queen's Medical Centre

Richard PearsonRichard's interest in pain stems from research into osteoarthritis initiated at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Stanmore, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. This was subsequently complemented by investigating peripheral and central nervous system repair strategies in the School of Pharmacy (UoN) in collaboration with the National Institute of Medical Research. In 2003, he moved to the Division of Orthopaedic & Accident Surgery, where he commenced his research into osteoarthritic pain. Within the field of osteoarthritic pain, his specialities are primarily in two quite diverse areas; quantified histological change in the osteoarthritic knee and measurement of pain thresholds. He is currently investigating the change in an individual’s sensitivity to pain evoked by exercise.

In addition to his pain related research he specializes in the biology of bone repair, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Having recently been awarded a Technology Strategy Board – EPSRC grant to develop nano-enabled intranasal delivery of PTH (1-34) for the treatment of osteoporosis. 

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Dr Anna Piccinini

Assistant Professor in Inflammation Biology, Faculty of Science

Anna PiccininiAnna joined the University of Nottingham in 2015 as Anne McLaren Fellow and is now Assistant Professor in Inflammation Biology in the School of Pharmacy. Her research has contributed to advances in the understanding of how endogenous inflammatory molecules that signal tissue damage drive pathological inflammation during chronic joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (Imperial College London 2008-2011; University of Oxford 2011-2015). Recently, Anna has uncovered a novel regulatory mechanism by which molecules of the extracellular matrix, the major component of the cellular microenvironment, influence immune cell behaviour and response to infection by regulating microRNA biogenesis and, thus, inflammatory gene expression.

Her research interests include: posttranscriptional regulation of inflammatory gene expression, regulation of microRNA biogenesis by the extracellular matrix, innate immune response to injury and infection and macrophage biology and function. 

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Dr Stephen Ryder

Director of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals

Stephen RyderSince June 1994 Dr Ryder has been a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre and Biomedical Research Unit. He became Director of Research and Innovation at Nottingham University Hospitals in April 2016.

His major clinical and research interest is hepatitis C infection and large clinical trials in hepatology. He was recognised as one of the leading recruiters to commercial clinical trials in the “NIHR at 10” awards. Dr Ryder was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network until 2015 and is the East Midlands lead for Division 6 of the CRN.

He is currently Hepatology Vice President of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

He graduated from Nottingham University Medical School and trained in hepatology at St Mary’s Hospital and Kings College Hospital London. 

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Dr Daniel Scott

Nottingham research fellow. MND Association junior fellow

Dan ScottDan was as appointed as Nottingham research fellow in School of Life Sciences (2022), following time in the School as a Motor Neurone Disease Association fellow (hosted at the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham).

Dan is establishing a research programme that probes the molecular mechanisms of Motor neurone diseases and related disorders, with an emphasis on understanding non-coding RNA deregulation in this context. To do this, work in the laboratory seeks to develop and exploit patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell models and multi-omic approaches.

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Dr Mohsen (Seyed) Shahtaheri

Histology Technician, Rheumatology, City Hospital

Mohsen ShahtaheriMohsen works as Histology Technician for both the Pain Centre and the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. He undertakes qualitative, quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis as well as developing methods and techniques of protocols and training aids for histological processes.  He also trains students, academic staff and junior technicians in the use of histology equipment and techniques. 

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Dr Benjamin Smith

Honorary Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

Ben Smith smiling at the cameraDr Benjamin Smith is a clinical research physiotherapist based at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton/University of Nottingham, UK, where he works as AHP/HCS Clinical Academic Lead.

Ben has published widely on pain and exercise, both with primary and secondary research. His research interests include the management of persistent musculoskeletal pain and the role of exercise and physical activity in prevention and treatment.

In 2016 he won an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to conduct a PhD at the University of Nottingham related to the assessment and management of pain around the kneecap in young adults, particularly concerning exercise prescription. In 2019 he completed his second NIHR Fellowship with an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship at the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit. The programme of work included completing the pre-clinical, phase I and phase II components of the MRC Framework developing a complex physiotherapy led intervention for people with pain around the knee-cap (patellofemoral pain).

Ben’s methodological expertise is in the conduct and reporting of clinical trials and systematic reviews (meta-analysis) focusing on epidemiology and treatment effectiveness. He is a member of the International Patellofemoral Research Network (iPFRN) steering committee for their 2019 consensus statement on psychological and pain features of patellofemoral pain.


Dr Stephanie Smith

Post-Doc Research Fellow, School of Medicine, City Hopsital

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Dr Stephanie Smith is a post-doc research fellow within the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis at the University of Nottingham and works on studying pain management in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Her interest lie in bridging the gap between basic science and clinical applications. She has a particular focus on neuromuscular inhibition, muscle function, musculoskeletal pain, central sensitisation/pain mechanisms and physical activity across rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Her published work also includes phenotyping and ultrasound in osteoarthritis. She is currently leading the Central Aspects of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CAP-RA) project. 

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Dr Virginie Sottile

Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology & Cell Differentiation, School of Medicine

V SottileVirginie is Associate Professor in the School of Medicine. Her group is part of the Wolfson STEM Centre, and works on tissue-derived stem cells to understand how these progenitor cells can be used to model and treat disease. The research focus of the group revolves around the control of cell differentiation, and the identification of molecular and environmental factors regulating fate decisions in progenitor cells. In particular, the group develops new bone and cartilage repair strategies based on the activation of resident progenitors to improve tissue repair and regeneration.

Virginie’s group uses in vitro models of osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation in 2D and 3D, and collaborates with colleagues in the Advanced Materials Research Group and in the Orthopaedics Unit on novel products for bone and joint repair. The group also studies how neural progenitors respond to treatment or damage, for application in CNS modelling and repair. 


Dr Joanne Stocks

Assistant Professor in Sports And Exercise Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Dr Joanne Stocks is a Senior Research Fellow in the Injury, Recovery & Inflammation Sciences Academic Unit of the University of Nottingham and is working on a Versus Arthritis funded study investigating Biomarkers and Joint Pain in Military Osteoarthritis (Bio-Mil-OA).

As a member of the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis and the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis, she has a research interest in the area of osteoarthritis, pain, healthy ageing and physical activity, and is also the NIHR Nottingham BRC Musculoskeletal theme’s Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) lead.

In addition, Joanne is completing a Bioinformatics Scientist Apprenticeship undertaking a MRes Bioinformatics degree combining cell and molecular biology expertise from her PhD with the latest biological data analysis methodology.

Joanne is co-investigator of ReStARt (Reducing STiffness After knee ReplacemenT), a study to optimise physiotherapy for arthrofibrosis, and ‘Running Through’ a study of recreational runners, their injuries and performance whilst considering the impact of Covid-19. She was also co-moderator of the community participation working group creating the Research Data Alliance's Covid-19 Recommendations and Guidelines.

Joanne is also leading the development of a mobile phone app ‘HealthScout’ and data collection platform to collect Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) in Nottingham University Hospital’s Musculoskeletal clinics. Furthermore, she is working on several projects as a member of Pain Centre Versus Arthritis, including a collaboration with the OA Trial Bank to identify placebo responders and predictors of response to osteoarthritis treatment using individual patient data.

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Dr Michael Stocks

Pharmacy, University Park

Michael StocksMichael is a synthetic medicinal chemist with a PhD in organic chemistry and has over 20 years' experience in preclinical drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry through his careers at Fisons’ Pharmaceuticals, Astra AB and then AstraZeneca. He has worked in most areas of medicinal chemistry concentrating recent efforts on GPCR-based drug discovery projects. In April 2012, he made the transition into academia and was appointed as Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and is head of the division of Biomolecular Science & Medicinal Chemistry within the School of Pharmacy based in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences.

His research interests centre on pre-clinical drug discovery and the investigation of novel drug delivery systems thus building on his expertise from working in the pharmaceutical industry designing novel, high quality drug-like chemical starting points to allow translational investigation of new biological mechanisms. Specific therapeutic target areas of interest are in GPCR-based drug discovery - for example designing novel antagonists of the chemokine CCR5 receptor for indications in HIV and oncology and using chemical biology methods to design and synthesise molecular probes to unravel cell signalling pathways in, for example, the challenging purinergic P2Y receptor area to enable initiation of new drug discovery projects in areas of unmet medical need. 

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Dr Ana Valdes 

Associate Professor and Reader, Medicine, City Hospital

Ana Valdes photoAna Valdes is a genetic epidemiologist with extensive expertise in osteoarthritis and other complex diseases.  She is currently investigating the links between exercise, sleep, cognition and OA pain and within this the role of microbiome, nutrition and metabolic factors that contribute to pain in OA.  Understanding these components is key to unravel the discordance between structural disease and pain presence and severity in osteoarthritis and for advancing clinical management of osteoarthritis. 

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Michel Valstar

Professor, Faculty of Science

Michel Valstar smiling at the cameraMichel Valstar is a researcher in Automatic Visual Understanding of Human Behaviour. This encompasses Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and a good idea of how people behave in this world.

He studies the relation between medical conditions and expressive behaviour, and what role affective computing and social signal processing can have to help diagnose, monitor, or treat these conditions. (Behaviomedics).

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Professor Kavita Vedhara 

Professor of Health Psychology, Medicine, Queen's Medical Centre

Kavita VedharaKavita is a health psychologist with expertise in experimental and applied research examining the diverse ways psychological factors influence health and disease outcomes and the development of psychological interventions to improve these outcomes. This research has included investigations into the effects of psychological interventions on disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis; the placebo effect in pain and interventions to promote medication adherence. 

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Professor David Walsh

Director, Pain Centre Versus Arthritis, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

David WalshDavid Walsh is Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Rheumatologist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he directs the Back Pain Unit which provides diagnostic assessment and multidisciplinary Pain Management Programmes for people with chronic low back pain. In 2010 he established the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis in Nottingham, together with a multidisciplinary research team including preclinical neurosciences, psychology, neuroimaging, orthopaedics and evidence synthesis. The Centre aims to develop new and improved treatments through a translational research programme into the mechanisms by which changes within the joint and in the nervous system interact with psychosocial factors to produce arthritis pain.

His preclinical research has focused on structural changes that contribute to joint pain, in particular angiogenesis, nerve growth and inflammation in the synovium and subchondral bone. His clinical research is defining the spectrum of pain phenotypes in people with arthritis based on underlying pain mechanisms, in order to better target treatments to those most likely to benefit. He is Phenotyping Research Area Lead for the Musculoskeletal research theme of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.  

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Professor Kate White

Clinical Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Head of Clinical Sciences Division, Clinical Director, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Kate White smiling at the cameraKate is Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the Nottingham University Veterinary School. She’s a consultant veterinary surgeon, double boarded in analgesia and anaesthesia, published extensively, including book chapters on companion animal pain assessment and treatment. Kate teaches physiology, pharmacology, anaesthesia, analgesia, drug legislation, laboratory animal welfare and legislation and safety culture across the curriculum. She is a pain specialist consulting on companion animal pain cases and has led on consensus groups of the use of treatments in canine OA.  Her PhD evaluated the effect of anaesthesia in pain pathways in induced models of rodent OA.  She is a companion animal OA expert and Pharma consultant having authored and defended detailed and critical summaries on canine OA medications and equine analgesics to the Committee for Veterinary Use of Medicinal Products. She holds a PIL and PPL for OA studies in rodents. In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contribution to Clinical Practice.

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Deborah Wilson

Specialist Nurse, Rheumatology Research, Kings Mill Hospital Sherwood Forest Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust

Deborah WilsonDebbie is a Specialist research nurse working at Sherwood Forest Hospitals. 

She is a member of the Trust’s R&D committee and Clinical ethics committee, Coordinator of the Tissue repository at SFH and responsible for the consent process. 



Dr Steve Woodhams 

Post-doctoral Researcher, School of Life Sciences

Steve WoodhamsSteve is a Research Fellow studying spinal mechanisms of arthritis pain in pre-clinical models. Steve completed a Neuroscience MSci at the University of Nottingham and followed onto a PhD with a focus on studying spinal cord mechanisms of pain. He then undertook a 5 year post-doctoral position at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in Budapest, Hungary, where he learned complementary anatomical techniques, including super-resolution microscopy.

Now back at the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis, Steve is combining expertise in behavioural, physiological, and anatomical approaches to further study the intricate changes in central neuronal circuitry which underlie arthritic chronic pain states. 

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Dr Laura Wyatt

Research Fellow, Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis

Laura WyattLaura is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis. Laura is currently the study manager and Principal Investigator at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on the multi-centre Significant Ankle Ligament Injury (SALI) cohort study. The SALI study seeks to identify the prevalence and risk factors for incomplete recovery of normal function and poor patient reports outcome measures following significant ankle injury.  In addition to identifying the incidence, and individual risk factors for the development of ankle OA following significant ankle injury.

Laura undertook her PhD within the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015.  Her thesis investigated structural associations of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Laura's research interests include causes of pain in osteoarthritis and risk factors for poor patient reported outcomes. 

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Professor Weiya Zhang 

Professor in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology, Medicine, City Hospital campus

Weiya Zhang photoWeiya qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine (BMed) 1978-1983, and Master of Epidemiology (MEpi) 1983-1986 from Sichuan University Medical School. He received his PhD in Evidence Based Medicine in 1997 from the University of Nottingham. He was jointly funded scholar by the Chinese Education Ministry and British council Technology Scheme and honorary research officer in the WHO MONICA Belfast 1991-1992, research fellow and course tutor 1997-2002 in Aston University.  He took up a Senior Lectureship from the University of Nottingham in 2002, became Associate Professor and Reader in 2005, then Professor of Epidemiology since 2015.

Weiya is the Research Lead of the Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, and the Head of the Evidence Based Medicine Group in the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis. He has led the development of the European evidence based recommendations for osteoarthritis, gout and CPPD, and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Treatment Guidelines. He was a member of the NICE osteoarthritis Clinical Guideline Development Committee, a member of the British Society of Rheumatology Gout Working Group, a member of the Versus Arthritis Fellowship Implementation Committee.  He is an Associate Editor of BMC Rheumatology and an Editorial Board Member of Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. He has published over 200 papers with a H index of 71 (Google Scholar 16 Dec 2019). 

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