Welcome to the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health Research

Musculoskeletal health

Keele’s world-leading research into musculoskeletal health has an extensive range and includes the major research areas of osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal pain, inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis. Research teams are multidisciplinary, and incorporate a wide array of different methods, from qualitative research to analysis of electronic medical records, and laboratory science to randomised controlled trials.

Research Centre Lead: Professor Kate Dunn
Research Centre Deputies: Dr Martin Thomas, Dr Vicki WelshDr Benjamin Saunders

Professor Kate Dunn, FReT lead

"Our mission is to design, produce and implement world-leading interdisciplinary research & evidence, which improves the prevention, identification, diagnosis & management (self-management, treatments & models of care) of musculoskeletal health. The Centre has over 100 members, all actively engaged in research into musculoskeletal health. Members range from influential, internationally recognised, research leaders to PhD students and early career researchers."

Professor Kate Dunn

We aim to deliver excellent quality research studies with highly impactful findings which improve the health and care of people who have or are at risk of, musculoskeletal health conditions. We strive to conduct our research within a supportive environment, developing careers, and producing innovative interdisciplinary research.

Our musculoskeletal health research priorities include:

  • Population health, work and prevention
  • Optimising healthcare for people with musculoskeletal health conditions
  • Supported self-management
  • Implementation and knowledge mobilisation
  • Developing & testing new treatments for people with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Health intelligence & Electronic Health Records analysis

Centre for Musculoskeletal Health Research Board

This group oversees and advises on the strategic direction and activities of the Centre.
Members: Kate Dunn, Kelvin Jordan, Ed Roddy, Karina Wright, Anirban Banerjee, Martin Thomas, Vicki WelshBenjamin SaundersClare JinksZoe PaskinsGwenllian Wynne-Jones and Mel Holden


Ideas Cafés are held every couple of weeks as an informal arena for members to discuss new research ideas.

An annual Musculoskeletal Health Research Showcase is held early each year.

Other meetings to support study development can be arranged, and individual support is available as needed.

Please contact the Centre Lead, Kate Dunn or deputies, Martin ThomasVicki Welsh and Benjamin Saunders for more information or if you would like to join the Centre.