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Physiotherapist receives £1.5 million award

16 February 2012 - 5:26pm

A physiotherapist is receiving £1.5 million of funding to conduct research into the best treatments for musculoskeletal pain patients.

File 104751Nadine Foster (right), professor of musculoskeletal health at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University, receives the funding after being awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship on 15 February.

Professor Foster was among eight recipients of the first round of NIHR awards, which recognise the UK’s most promising leaders in medical health research.

'Welcome recognition'

Commenting on the award, Professor Foster said: ‘This is a very welcome recognition by the NIHR, both of the musculoskeletal research at Keele's Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre as well as my personal track record of leading teams that deliver high quality clinical research that improves patient care.

‘The support from NIHR over the next five years will help leverage additional research funding and greater research capacity for primary care in general, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy specifically.’

Clinical Trials

Prof Foster explained that the award will support intervention research for musculoskeletal pain patients in a number of ways.

Firstly, by funding clinical trials that will provide new high-quality information about which treatments work best for musculoskeletal patients.

And secondly, by funding further research into the benefits of stratified care.

The award will also support a post-doctoral researcher to work with Prof Foster, and enhance leadership skills for greater influence on national and international musculoskeletal research priorities.

Second round of awards

The second round of NIHR awards is now open and nominations are invited from health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.

‘I would urge other physiotherapists to consider applying for this NIHR award,’ said Prof Foster.

The deadline is 3 April and full details are available via the link below.

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