Grip strength results

Grip strength results from Saturday shown below – click on the picture to see it more clearly.

Males are the orange dots, females the green dots.

Thanks again to everyone who took part – how strong were you on the day?


Manual dexterity results

Manual dexterity results for the 9 hole peg test shown below – click on the picture to see it more clearly.

Red dot = dominant hand, Blue dot = wearing a glove to mimic problems with hand movement or sensation.

Thank you to everyone who took part – can you find your dots?

Science and Engineering Day 16th March 2019

We’re looking forward to the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day taking place on Saturday 16th March 2019, 10-30am – 4.30pm on the University Campus.

Find us in Building 40 with our ‘Measure Muscle and Helping Hands’ activities.

Our ‘Measure Muscle’ activity will measure and plot your grip strength to show how muscle strength changes with age, and what we can do to try and stay healthy and active. In ‘Helping Hands’ you can test your fine movement skills against the clock, experience the difference that an illness or injury might make and see how your results compare with others across age-ranges.

We’ll post the graphs of our findings here after the event.  Hope to see you there!

Musculoskeletal problems and the risk to mental health

Our Director, Professor Karen Walker-Bone, advocates a holistic approach to managing musculoskeletal problems in the workplace – in the latest Financial Times Special Report on Health at Work (17th January 2019).

Click here to read the full article!

Public Engagement News

Many congratulations to Dr Cathy Linaker on being Highly Commended for her Public Engagement activities in 2018 in this year’s Dean’s Awards (Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton).

Versus Arthritis

We are excited to announce that Versus Arthritis was formed in 2018 following the merger of Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK.

Versus Arthritis is currently deciding how to rebrand all of it’s Centres of Excellence, but in the meantime, our Centre name and logo remain the same, and work continues as before.

Click on their logo to find out more and watch this space for developments!!


Well done to Lisa Newington (one of our PhD students) on not only getting her systematic review on “Sickness absence after carpal tunnel release” published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health this month, but with an editorial based on her paper in the same issue.  A great achievement!


Retirement – a false goal?

TEDxNewnham, the first TEDx organised by a Cambridge College, was held in February 2018.

Among the inspiring speakers was Professor Dame Carol Black, who gave a talk entitled “Retirement – a false goal?” – What if working longer is the key to living better?

‘Rest’. ‘Seclusion’. ‘Removal from Action or Danger’: this is what ‘retirement’ means. But in the UK in the twenty-first century we might live for 30 or 40 years beyond retirement. Are we, Professor Dame Carol Black asks, doomed to spend all that time in bed – or could it be the start of a new chapter?

(Click here to see/hear her 18 minute presentation in full)

“Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis” event 11th August

The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis is hosting an event in London on 11th August 2018 from 10am – 5pm, entitled “Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis”.  This is a free public event and it will be held at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.  Full details in flyer below (click to enlarge).

Doctoral College Poster Prize

Lisa Shipway (one of our PhD students), was awarded a runners up prize for her poster at the University of Southampton Doctoral Research Showcase held in May.

Her poster title was “Doctor, when can I go back to work after my knee replacement?” and showcased her PhD project.

Well done Lisa!