Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Doctoral training

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Centre for Doctoral Training in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing

Pain Centre Versus Arthritis at the University of Nottingham




About us  

The 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 the Musculoskeletal theme of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre and three Nottingham centres of research excellence; the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis, the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis. Student bases are in several different University campuses and hospitals.

Our overarching goal is to achieve patient benefit and research impact in musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Our research mission is to pursue international excellence in multidisciplinary musculoskeletal research across the translational pathway. We aim to enhance our understanding of arthritis, pain, musculoskeletal injury, and ageing. We aim to use this understanding to develop and evaluate better treatments of these conditions.

We have world class facilities and world leading investigators with multidisciplinary expertise in: sport and exercise medicine and science; bone and cartilage biology; rheumatology; imaging; epidemiology and evidence based medicine; biobanks; preclinical modelling; orthopaedics; biomechanics; psychology; genetics; skeletal muscle physiology; metabolism and biochemistry; exercise physiology;  rehabilitation; complex intervention development and its evaluation. We are committed to training the next generation of researchers, building capacity in these vital areas.


The CDT aims to build an international flagship centre of post graduate training that brings together research centres of excellence in musculoskeletal health research. It provides a tailored training platform to deliver the next generation of research leaders in musculoskeletal health, thereby increasing the UK's capacity for research in this important area of unmet clinical need. We do this by encouraging interaction between musculoskeletal researchers all aiming for the same ultimate goal by using different methods or patient groups, or a different points on the translational research pathway.  

Current student information

  • Assessment milestones
  • International students 


Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

 Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis

 MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research

School of Medicine

Graduate School

International Office

Versus Arthritis

Why study with us?

  1. Our academics are leaders in the field of musculoskeletal health and pain
  2. We offer a tailored training programme, built around the individual training needs of the student and that is underpinned by the Research Development Framework
  3. Our students will be able to access generic training provided by the Graduate School, the School of Medicine, the N-Trans programme and the Faculty training programme, and Masters level taught programmes.
  4. Established connections to industry
  5. Opportunities for work experience and clinical placements
  6. Commitment to support international students further information 

The programme

The CDT hosts a student-led forum to share research opportunities, request peer group support, and request specific training or educational support over and above routine PhD supervision and educational opportunities.

The CDT coordinates active PhD student engagement in regular musculoskeletal research symposia.  

The team

Prof John Gladman - Lead, MSK theme, NIHR Nottingham BRC 

Dr Iskandar Idris - MSK theme training lead, NIHR Nottingham BRC

Mr Fabricio Barros - MSK theme manager, NIHR Nottingham BRC  


Mr Fabricio Barros - MSK theme manager, NIHR Nottingham BRC

Administrative Co-ordinator

tel: +44(0)115 82 31766

fax: +44(0)115 82 31757

Find out more

School of Medicine postgraduate training information






Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Clinical Sciences Building
City Hospital
Nottingham, NG5 1PB

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