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!


Professor Keith Palmer OBE

Many congratulations to Professor Keith Palmer on the award of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list released on Saturday 9th June 2018. This is well deserved recognition for all Keith’s work in occupational medicine and acknowledgement of his excellent leadership of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.

Well done Keith!!

New publication on carpal tunnel release

Congratulations to Lisa Newington for getting a paper from her PhD work accepted so swiftly in the Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume.  The paper (currently in press) is entitled Return to work recommendations after carpal tunnel release: A survey of UK hand surgeons and hand therapists.

Well done Lisa!

A few photographs…

…from our annual scientific meeting in February.  Many thanks to those who presented their work, and to everyone who came and made it such a good day!

Congratulations to Cheryl Jones

Many congratulations to Cheryl Jones (Centre PhD student at the University of Manchester), who passed her PhD viva on Friday 23rd March.  Her thesis explored the economic impact of presenteeism.


PhD studentship at the University of Manchester

We are pleased to advertise a PhD studentship at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester:

Assessing vocational readiness and employment in adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions (including juvenile idiopathic arthritis).

Funded with an RCUK stipend, this is for a period of three years starting in September 2018.

For further details click here  – closing date Friday March 9th 2018.

Professor Keith Palmer retires…

…after over 22 years working at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.

We marked the occasion with a lovely afternoon tea party for all members of staff, and we were delighted to be joined at the last minute by two research collaborators who flew in specially from Denmark!

We all wish Keith a long and happy retirement – he’ll be much missed in the Centre.


4th Annual Scientific Meeting

The 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work will be held in Southampton on 13th February 2018 from 9am to 4.30pm.  We’re looking forward to it!