Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis
University of Nottingham

St George's Park logo 

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis launch

Monday 10 June 2013

St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent

St. George’s Park is the home of the new National Football Centre and is the training base for the 24 England teams. It is also the home of FA Learning, The FA’s educational department. St. George’s Park provides a platform for the communication of The Future Game philosophy, which outlines a vision for the development of English football. 


The official launch for the Centre at St George's Park on 10th June 2013 was attended by almost 90 people representing sport, academia, research and industry.

The day started with a warm welcome and brief overview of the day from Dr Mark Batt, Centre Director. Dr Liam O'Toole, CEO of Versus Arthritis, followed by outlining the new Centre and Versus Arthritis

This was followed by several interesting and informative presentations including three from the Centre's Sports Ambassadors.

The day was completed with a tour of the world class facilities at St George's Park.

Jem Lawson, Sports Ambassador; Richard Egington, Sports Ambassador; Willie Carson, Sports Ambassador

Prof Vic Duance, Director Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre, Cardiff University; Valerie Sparkes, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Cardiff University; Prof Alan Silman, Medical Director, Arthritis Research UK



Prof Michael Doherty, Head of Department/Director of Clinical & Epidemiological Research, University of Nottingham; Prof Mark Lewis, Dean of School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

Dr Jo Adams, Senior Lecturer/Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy, University of Southampton; Prof Nigel Arden, Deputy Director, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Dr Alex Forrester, Senior Lecturer in Computational Engineering, University of Southampton; Dr Cathy Bowen, Senior Lecturer/Pathway lead for MRes NIHR Clinical Academic Pathway, University of Southampton; Dr Martin Warner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton 


Dr Stefan Kluzek, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford; Dr Kate Jackson, Sports Medicine Physician, University of Oxford; Prof Richard Frobell, Associate Professor, Lund University, Sweden


Jane Tadman, Press Officer, Arthritis Research UK; Dr Charlotte Cowie, Clinical Director, St George's Park


Prof Maria Stokes, Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, University of Southampton; Mr Siôn Glyn-Jones, Consultant/HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Oxford; Prof Alan Silman, Medical Director, Arthritis Research UK

Prof Colin Fuller, Head of FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC); Dr Liam O'Toole, CEO, Arthritis Research UK; Dr Richard Jones, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics, University of Salford

Dr Tim Anstiss, Medical Advisor, Rugby Players’ Association; Dr Julia Newton, Consultant in Rheumatology/Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Oxford


Prof Markus Heller, Professor of Biomechanics, University of Southampton; Bruce Paton, Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL; Prof Dan Bader, Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health, University of Southampton 

Dr Robert Kerslake, Consultant Radiologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Prof David Walsh, Director, Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre; Prof Mark Batt, Director, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Dr Kim Edwards, Course Director for MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Nottingham; Dr Ali Mobasheri, Associate Professor/Reader in Comparative Physiology, University of Nottingham