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Our role is to develop and support the delivery of high-quality clinical research in musculoskeletal disease and manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for studies that are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations in which Scottish sites are participating in. We provide support in the following areas:

  • facilitating research links and networking
  • managing the study portfolio record
  • monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • identifying potential sites for studies
  • facilitating access to resources to support research

Musculoskeletal Studies

Our remit is to support research that deals with interventions that can be applied to the prevention and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal diseases. A wide range of research studies are included, such as those involving medicines, lifestyle interventions, multifaceted (complex) interventions, medical devices and comparison of surgical approaches for the prevention and treatment of bone and joint diseases both in adults and children.

These studies focus on a range of conditions including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis and joint replacement surgery
  • Osteoporosis and fracture prevention
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthropathies
  • Paget’s disease of bone
  • Lupus, vasculitis and connective tissue disease
  • Diseases of skeletal muscle
  • Rare and inherited diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system

Key Contacts

Champion Lead, Rheumatology: Dr James Dale

Champion Lead, Orthopaedics: Mr Nick Clement

Research Champion Support Manager: Carol Williams