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Professor Nadine Foster is an NIHR Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care and the Director of Keele Clinical Trials Unit. She leads the Musculoskeletal Health and Pain research programme within the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University and is an NIHR Senior Investigator.
Nadine's research focuses on the commonest pain conditions in primary care, including low back pain and osteoarthritis and whilst her research programme utilises many research methods she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and services for patients with musculoskeletal pain. She has led or collaborated on more than 16 randomised trials, with funding support from Arthritis Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the NIHR.
She is currently leading an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on stratified primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (STarT MSK) and an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) funded trial testing stratified care for patients consulting in primary care with sciatica (SCOPiC).
Nadine is the lead NIHR training advocate for physiotherapy and President of the Society of Back Pain Research. She has previously served on the NIHR RfPB regional funding committee in the West Midlands, NIHR HTA funding committees and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Clinical Studies Group