A unique research facility evaluating the pain involved in arthritis is to be set up in Nottingham, tasked with investigating why the disease can cause such high levels of suffering.
Medical professionals from a variety of fields will work at the the Arthritis Research Campaign National Pain Centre, in the hope of developing better treatments for the condition.
A five-year programme of research at the facility, the first of its kind worldwide, will evaluate the experience and causes of arthritis pain.
News of the project, backed by the Arthritis Research Campaign and University of Nottingham, was released to mark World Arthritis Day. The Arthritis Research Campaign is contributing £2.5m towards funding the centre and the university a further £3m.
Professor Alan Silman, medical director of the Arthritis Research Campaign, said: “Our new centre is charged with a truly innovative approach; covering the basic pathways of pain perception and the changes in the tissues caused by arthritis to identify completely new targets for developing effective, safe and acceptable treatments.”