The University of Hertfordshire launched a new, state-of-the-art Musculoskeletal Research unit on Thursday 10 October, aimed at generating internationally recognised research that advances the understanding and management of musculoskeletal conditions.
The new research unit's work will include research into physical activity, exercise, lifestyle and wellbeing; pain; virtual reality; neck, shoulder and upper limb and low back pain. Research will be conducted in collaboration with University partners, the NHS, industry, international stakeholders, and in the MSK Research Lab housed at the University’s College Lane campus in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
Jackie Kelly, Dean of School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, commented: “We pride ourselves in offering world-class learning and research facilities, designed to empower our students, researchers and staff to succeed. The new research unit will ensure that we remain at the forefront of musculoskeletal research and continue to improve the outcomes and experiences for people with musculoskeletal conditions.”
Professor Jeremy Lewis, Musculoskeletal Research Unit Lead, School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “More years are lived with musculoskeletal disability than any other long-term condition, affecting around one in four of the adult population in the UK*. We are focusing on a number of research themes to help reduce disability, improve the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions, as well as lower the overall cost of care."
At the launch event, special guest Professor Karen Middleton CBE, CEO of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) spoke about the importance of research in this field. Members of the Musculoskeletal Research Unit presented brief synopses of their current and future research and how it will improve care for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the new musculoskeletal research laboratory and learn more about current and future research programmes.
The launch event took place on Thursday 10 October at the University of Hertfordshire.