Research Development Groups (RDG's)


The Osteoarthritis group led by Prof Vic Duance at Cardiff University’s Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering centre draws on the university’s strengths in biomechanics, bioengineering, mechanostransduction, pain and inflammation to investigate mechanical loading on the musculoskeletal system, identify the underlying causes of joint disease with a view to leading to novel treatment for osteoarthritis. Further information can be accessed on the Cardiff University’s Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre's website.

Inflammatory arthritis

The Inflammatory Arthritis group led by Prof Ernest Choy at the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre focuses on developing novel treatments and new tests/tools to improve the management and outcome of rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.


Led by Dr Sinead Brophy, the spondyloarthopathy group are a Swansea led RDG whose interests include SpA disease flare, the true costs of AS, information needs, the effect of AS on work and utilising routine data to try and identify severe AS early. The spondyloarthopathy group includes: Roxanne Cooksey, Dr Helen Davies, Dr Stefan Siebert, Dr Jami Husain

The Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders with Exercise Sciences (ReMeDES)

The registered research group is led by Professor Lemmey of Bangor University and research areas include muscle wasting and chronic disease, the link between muscle mass and a patient’s functional capacity, disability and quality of life and anti-catabolic and anabolic interventions for restoring muscle mass and improving function.


If you have any arthritis and musculoskeletal research ideas that you would like to discuss, please contact the Network Coordinator, Liz Irvine or the Research Portfolio Development Fellow, Roxanne Cooksey, who would be happy to discuss these with you. Research guidance is also available on the Research Resources section of this website.