David Walsh

University of Nottingham, UK

David Walsh is Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Rheumatologist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2010 he established the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis in Nottingham, together with a multidisciplinary research team which includes preclinical neurosciences, psychology, neuroimaging, orthopaedics, genetics, epidemiology and evidence synthesis. The Centre aims to develop new and improved treatments through a translational research programme into the mechanisms by which changes within the joint and in the nervous system interact with psychosocial factors to produce arthritis pain. He brings together preclinical and clinical research focussing on joint pathology and changes within the peripheral and central nervous systems that contribute to joint pain. He is defining the spectrum of pain phenotypes in people with arthritis based on underlying pain mechanisms, in order to better target treatments to those most likely to benefit. In 2017 he became the first lead for the Musculoskeletal Theme at the launch of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for NICE guidelines on the management of low back pain and sciatica, and continues clinical practice in rheumatology.