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

Related research grants 2018-2023


  1. Ahmed, O, Adams, JE, Bond, C and Meroli, M.  Pump Priming. Living with Arthritis: how patients and the public use arthritis information on YouTube. £4,807.40.  Bournemouth University. (2019)
  2. Chowdhury E, Bilzon J, Stevenson R. Collaboratively Testing the iKOALA Osteoarthritis App. University of Bath, Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) £6,248 (2021)
  3. Clarkson, P, Adams, J, Stokes, M, Muckelt, P, Everett, H, McDonough, S, Clark, C, Cook, K and Saynor, Z.  Literature Review effectiveness of digital behaviour change. University of Southampton £46,732.34 (2019)
  4. Morgan, K. Walhin, JP. McKay, C. Cartilage biomarker assays and tri-axial accelerometer devices for Investigating Physical Activity, Knee Joint Loading and Joint Health in Young Men and Women 1-7 Years Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. University of Bath Alumni Fund. £5,000. (2022)
  5. Perera, N and Arden, N.  Health and wellbeing in Rugby Study.  Southampton R and D £36,000 (2019)
  6. Sankah, B. Global Research Initiator Scheme. £5000 for travel to Ghana to conduct Patient and Public Involvement activities with patients with hand OA and health professionals Aug-Sept (2018).  
  7.  Zhou, D, Pain MTG and Folland JP. Seedcorn Funding. Musculoskeletal Diffusion Tensor Imaging for muscle fibre tracking and morphology in older adults. Loughborough University.  £5,000 (2019)

Versus Arthritis

  1. Folland, J and Kluzek, S.  Foundation Fellowship recipient: Dr Jakob Skarabot. Title: Motor unit characteristics underpinning arthrogenic inhibition in knee osteoarthritis. Dates: 1/9/2021-31/8/2024. Primary Sponsor and Host Institution: Prof Jonathan P Folland, Loughborough University. Other Sponsors: Assoc Prof Stefan Kluzek & Dr Matthew Piasecki, University of Nottingham.  Value: £273,000. (2021).  
  2. Kluzek, S, Bennett, A, Watt, F and Bilzon, J. Biomarkers and Joint Pain in Military Osteoarthritis Study (Bio-Mil-OA). £349,609. (2020).  
  3. Kluzek, S and Folland, J. Versus Arthritis Fellowship £22,955. (2021).  
  4. Lord, J and Greenhaff, PLG.  MRC/Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research. £2M (2017). 

Sports Advisory Group

  1. Fernandes, G, Doherty, M, Zhang, W, Fuller, C, Batt, ME, Bast, T, Fuller, G, Belli, A, Hogervorst, E and Esphabodi, S.  The Risk of Neurodegenerative Disease in Retired Professional Footballers with General Population Controls. The FA. £ 196,051.96 (2018) 


  1. Bowen C. Conceptual design and prescription process for 3D printed foot orthoses. UKRI £14,141. (2022) 
  2. Cosker, D., O’Neill, E., Bilzon, J.L.J., McGuigan, M.P., Proulx, M., Yang, Y., Lutteroth, C. and Colyer, S. (2020-2025). Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment, Research and Applications (CAMERA 2.0). EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy (£4,252,067) (2020)
  3. Jones, S, Bilzon, J and Walsh, N.  Using iKOALA to sustain physical activity for long-term self-management of Osteoarthritis.  EPSRC Fast Healthcare Network Plus £48,624. (2019)
  4. Solanke I (Leeds), Bhattacharyya G (UEL); Bernard C (Goldsmiths); Gupta A (RHUL); Lakhanpaul M (UCL); Rai S (Warwick); Stokes M (Southampton); Ayisi F (USW); Kaur R (Sussex); Padmadas S (Southampton). Co-POWeR - Consortium on Practices of Wellbeing and Resilience in BAME Families and Communities. UKRI Covid-BAME Consortium Call. UKRI £2.5M (2021) 
  5. Szewczyk N (PA), Greenhaff PL, Constantin-Teodosiu D. Examining the impact of inactivity and diet on muscle health with age in C. elegans. BBSRC, £324,963. (2018).
  6. Valdes, A, Kluzek, S, Vijay, A, Taylor, M. Molecular signatures of endocannabinoid induced pain relief in humans: lifestyle interventions, systemic and localised changes. MRC £354,518. (2022) 
  7. Watt, F.  Fellowship UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. (2020)


  1. Bowen, C.  Senior Investigator Award. (2022)
  2. Morrison S, Bowen C, Dunn K, Jones C. PROSPER2: Primary care encounters for foot and ankle problems in children and young people: an epidemiological analysis. NIHR Research for Patient benefit (Sept 22 – Aug 23) £149,604.  
  3. Redmond, A.  Renewal of Senior Investigator Award. (2022)
  4. Stensel d and Folland JP. National Institute for Health and Care Research. Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – Lifestyle Theme. 2023-2027.
  5. Stokes, M, Clarkson P, Grimmett C, Muckelt P, Adams J, Culliford D, McDonough S (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Visiting Prof at UoS), Stephenson A (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Faulkner J (University of Winchester), Parmar R, Lawson J (Public contributors), Sadler E, Kunkel D, Fraser S, Jack S, Bilzon J (University of Bath), Jones S (University of Bath), Chowdhury E (University of Bath).
    J. Maintenance of Physical Activity Behaviour (MOTH) programme for adults with long-term conditions. NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex £60,900 (2020) 
  6. Wyatt, L and Scammell, B. Identifying predictors of recurrent ankle pain and ankle osteoarthritis following a significant ankle ligament injury: the SALI Biomarker Study. Research Design Service (RDS) EM Public Involvement Fund £300 (2019)


  1. Moran. G, Serres, S, Francis, S and Greenhaff, PL. Non-invasive approaches to identify the cause of fatigue in inflammatory bowel disease patients. Chrohn's and Colitis UK £118,379 (2017). 

  2. Perry T.A. The Orthopaedics Charitable Trust (also known as The Gwen Fish Trust), Charity Registration Number 1110248. £3,230.00. 26 October 2020. 
  1. Wyatt, L and Scammell, B. Investigating why some people have ongoing ankle pain and poor recovery following a significant ankle injury; the Significant Ankle Ligament Injury (SALI) cohort study. Nottingham University Hospital Charity. £47,011.11. (2019) 

European Union

  1. Kluzek, S and Stocks, J. Running Through - investigating the impact of Covid-19 restriction on runners health, training and performance.  EU Funding £31,894 (2020) 


  1. Li, LC, Liu-Ambrose, TYL, Puterman, EM, Adams, J, Allen, K, Backman, C, Carlsten, C, Cox, S, De Vera, M, Galea, L, Gromala, D, Leese, J, Loftsgard, K, Roos, E, Shaw, C, Skou, S, Taunton, J and Wang, Z.  Physical Activity for precision health: a multi-disciplinary research planning collaboration.  £10,000. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2019)


  1. Arden, N. MERCK. Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) patients in occupations with excessive knee joint force and the speed of knee OA progression.  Total project amount 208,574 Euro (Oxford £76,581) (2018)
  2. Folland, JP and James, L. The effect of specific bioactive collagen peptides on muscle and tendon remodelling during resistance training. Gelita/Collagen Research Institute £404,000 (2019)
  3. Bilzon, J.L.J. and McGuigan, M.P.  Research support to the MILO and BE-FIT studies. Ministry of Defence £60,000 (2020) 
  4. Greenhaff PL and Constantin-Teodosiu D. The impact of trauma and related inflammation on skeletal muscle fuel and protein metabolism. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, £72,604. (2019). 
  5. Greenhaff PL and Atherton PJ, Wilkinson D. Evaluating protein dose requirements for women in ground close combat roles. Ministry of Defence. £250,931. (2018). 


  1. Boxer, B. Can exercise ameliorate age related bone and cartilage impairments. Funding Source: The Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB) Research grant Amount requested: £2000 (2020)  
  2. Folland J, Skarabot J and James L. Whey protein and milk derivates for enhancing muscle performance of middle-aged and older exercisers/athletes. Volac International Ltd. £180,000. (2023-2026).
  3. Greenhaff P.L, Brook, M and Wilkinson, D.  E-Fix  project additional funding to broaden untargeted transcriptomics on the remaining RNA. National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) awarded £11,000. (2022)
  4. Gulati, M and Radojcic, MR. The role of gender, menopause and sex hormones in painful hand osteoarthritis.  £254,295 (2018)
  5. Kluzek, S. SALI PhD Student, Saudi Government (2022)
  6. Kluzek, S. Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre Grant (2021)
  7. McKay, C. The Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis Support Tool (POST) study.  £11,865. Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases.
  8. Molyneux P, Bowen C, Ellis R, Rome K, Carroll M. Clinical utility of ultrasound imaging for evaluation of foot osteoarthritis HRC 21/025. Health Research Council, New Zealand (Jan 21 – Dec 24) £130,103.  
  9. Moran. G, Serres, S, Francis, S and Greenhaff, PL. Non-invasive approaches to identify the cause of fatigue in inflammatory bowel disease patients. Chrohn's and Colitis UK (2017)
  10. Radojčić, MR. Biomarkers of musculoskeletal pain: towards personalised medicine in chronic widespread and localised musculoskeletal pain using cerebrospinal fluid proteomics, National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia, £68,631 (2020)
  11. Stocks, J. and Kluzek, S. Understanding treatment outcomes in patients referred with musculoskeletal complaints. Pilot study on the implementation of an electronic PROM/PREM data collection system. £30,000 (2022) 
  12. Wyatt, L and Scammell, B. Investigating why some people have ongoing ankle pain and poor recovery following a significant ankle injury; the Significant Ankle Ligament Injury (SALI) cohort study. Nottingham University Hospital Charity. £47,011.11. (2019)
  13. Zhang, W.  Comorbidities in osteoarthritis” to investigate the association and causal association between osteoarthritis (OA) and comorbidities including dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. FOREUM (Foundation for Research in Rheumatology). 2019-2023, €600,000 (£532,646.81 approx.)


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