Category Archives: News

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship

Many congratulations to Lisa Newington on her award of an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to study “Return to work after carpal tunnel surgery”.

Stakeholder Group Meeting

The first Stakeholder Group Meeting of the Centre was held in July 2015, convened by Arthritis Research UK.  Anyone interested in participating in future Stakeholder events, please let us know.

PhD studentships, University of Southampton

We are pleased to advertise a PhD studentship at the University of Southampton:

Working after a knee replacement: is it possible to return to any type of work and are there any long-term consequences for joint failure or revision surgery?

Deadline June 12th 2015

A second PhD studentship is also available at the University of Southampton:

Return to work after knee surgery – how long does a patient need to be off and what are the risks of early return?

Deadline June 12th 2015

PhD studentship, University of Salford

We are pleased to advertise a fully funded PhD studentship at the University of Salford:

“Work problems in employed people with osteoarthritis”

Deadline for contacting with Expression of Interest 15th May 2015, with full application by 29th May 2015

Official launch celebration!


Our Centre was officially launched on 17th February 2015 with an energising guest lecture by Professor Dame Carol Black to an audience of invited guests.


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Presentations by our Director, our funders – Arthritis Research UK and the Medical Research Council, and from the University of Southampton and the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit completed the official proceedings …


…before we rounded off the day with a toast and a slice of the celebration cake!

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PhD student appointed Manchester

We are pleased to announce that a PhD student (Cheryl Jones) has been appointed at the Manchester part of the centre.

The Manchester part is a collaborative project between the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Institute of Inflammation and Repair (Dr Suzan Verstappen) and Manchester Centre for Health Economics, Institute of Population Health (Professor Katherine Payne and Dr Brenda Gannon).

The focus of research will be on evaluating the costs of ‘presenteeism’ – at-work productivity loss – in patients with inflammatory diseases.

Press release

PhD studentships

The Southampton Hub will fund two PhD studentships to be advertised over the next 12 months.  Details of the studentships will be available on

1st Annual Scientific Meeting

The 1st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work will be held in Southampton on 18th February 2015 from 0930-1600hrs.

Official launch date

The official launch of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work will take place at Southampton General Hospital on Tuesday 17th February 2015 from 1600-1800hrs.  As part of the celebration, Professor Dame Carol Black will give a presentation.

Funding begins

We are delighted to announce our new Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, which is jointly funded by Arthritis Research UK and the Medical Research Council.  The overarching aim of the Centre, which involves collaborators in ten institutions, is to identify cost-effective ways of minimising the adverse impacts of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.  Funding for this Centre of Excellence commenced today.