Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at the University of Nottingham is undertaking world-leading research in the areas of hearing; gastrointestinal and liver disorders; musculoskeletal diseasesmental health and technology; and respiratory diseases, along with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which supports all areas of research.

The musculoskeletal (MSK) theme undertakes research into health promotion and exercise in older people, prevention of falls, pain and rheumatism, molecular mechanism in osteoarthritis, muscle metabolism, and lower back pain.

Using a multidisciplinary approach the MSK theme’s research aims are achieved by focusing on 5 key areas Phenotyping; Joint; Brain Nerve and Psychological Function; Metabolism; and Complex Interventions.

The MSK theme’s Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Cohort provides a means for us to recruit participants for qualitative, observational and intervention studies. Using yearly follow-up questionnaires over the next 5 years this survey will identify and engage people who can help with us to explore the overlap between pain, arthritis and frailty over time.

Elderly lady walking in a park with a walking stick
Investigating musculoskeletal health and wellbeing; a cohort study protocol. Bonnie Millar, Daniel F. McWilliams, Abhishek Abhishek, Kehinde Akin-Akinyosoye, Dorothee P. Auer, Victoria Chapman, Michael Doherty, Eamonn Ferguson, John R. F. Gladman, Paul Greenhaff, Joanne Stocks, Ana M. Valdes & David A. Walsh BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders volume 21, Article number: 182 (2020)[PDF]