Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

The Pain Centre Versus Arthritis first opened in March 2010 at the University of Nottingham  and investigates the mechanisms that lead to chronic pain in order to improve the treatment of that pain.  



 APDP Annual Conference 2023

Versus Arthritis Annual Pain Research in the UK Conference 

Pain Centre Versus Arthritis 2021-2022 Annual Report

Who we are

The Centre is co-directed by David Walsh, Professor of Rheumatology, and Victoria Chapman Professor of Neuropharmacology.

See the full list of Pain Centre members.


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

The team, led by a multidisciplinary team bringing 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.


The Centre provides training for clinical and non-clinical scientists in research methodology relevant to pain mechanisms and treatment. Further information on current and past PhD studentships in the Pain Centre can be found here.

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 Versus Arthritis website.


Follow us on Twitter: @UoNPainCentre

General enquiries

Please contact the Administrative Co-ordinator

Tel +44(0)115 8231760


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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