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Providing information on the latest news from across the musculoskeletal research community and the clinical research community in Scotland more generally

News from NHS Research Scotland

New MSK research Clinical Lead sought

The previous  CSO MSK Rhuematology research lead, Prof Duncan Porter stood down earlier this year.

The CSO is now looking to appoint a new lead to the post. The remit of this role is to support the effective delivery of research projects in the corresponding topic area in the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) portfolio, including increasing the number of patients enrolled into trials. The post holder will be expected to work closely with the corresponding NRS Portfolio Manager, together with established groups, individual clinicians, NRS Research & Development Directors and lay representatives to promote, deliver and develop Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activity in the area, and with CSO on wider NRS strategic initiatives. A key aspect of the role will be to work with CSO and NHS Research Scotland Central Management to ensure the resilience and growth of the NRS portfolio.

OCTAVE trial - Examining the immunological effects of COVID-19 vaccination in patients with conditions potentially leading to diminished immune response capacity

This study looked at the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in patients receiving COVID-19 vaccination as part of routine care - particularly the immune responses in clinically vulnerable groups across the UK, including patients with chronic diseases and/or secondary immunodeficiency, compared to each other in OCTAVE and to healthy controls in parallel studies.

Top 10 priorities for occupational therapy research in the UK

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists recently asked for feedback on identifying the top 10 research priorities for occupational therapy. Setting the research agenda and addressing the unanswered questions that matter most to people accessing and delivering occupational therapy services is an important part of their work.

Lydia Plus Osteoporosis Project link to incontinence and exercise survey


We are conducting a research study about women's experiences of incontinence and physical activity.  We are keen to include both women who experience incontinence and women who do not. 

Beacon for rare disease educational series using LifeArc's Drug repurposing toolkit


Beacon – The rare disease charity for patient groups (

Beacon (formerly known as Findacure) is a UK-based charity that is building a united rare disease community with patient groups at its heart. We envision a world in which no one faces their rare journey alone. Our charity upskills rare disease patient groups through trainings, guided programmes, community projects and research initiatives. We help these groups maximise their impact and deliver change for the world’s often neglected rare disease patients.