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Our role is to develop and support the delivery of high-quality clinical research in musculoskeletal disease and manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for studies which are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations which Scottish sites are participating in.  We provide support in the following areas:

  • Managing the study portfolio record
  • Monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • Providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • Troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • Identifying potential sites for studies
  • Facilitating access to resource to support research, for example through Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Research Nurses.
  • Facilitating research links and networking.

Musculoskeletal Studies

Our remit is to support research that deals with interventions that can being applied to the prevention and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal diseases. A wide range of research studies are included such as those involving medicines, lifestyle interventions, multifaceted (complex) interventions, medical devices and comparison of surgical approaches for the prevention and treatment of bone and joint diseases both in adults and children.

These studies focus on a range of conditions including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis and joint replacement surgery
  • Osteoporosis and fracture prevention
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthropathies
  • Paget’s disease of bone
  • Lupus, vasculitis and connective tissue disease
  • Diseases of skeletal muscle
  • Rare and inherited diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system.

The University of Glasgow - Research Nurse Manager - Rheumatology - job opportunity

An exciting opportunity to join the research team at the University of Glasgow as a Rheumatology Research Nurse Manager. Experience as a research nurse is essential and experience working with patients with inflammatory, musculoskeletal, bone and joint disease is desirable although training will be given. This is a full-time post funded initially for 2 years.

View the job description and apply

If you would like to discuss informally, please contact Caron Paterson on 0141 330 8408 or

The deadline is 18th November 2018.

Patient, carer and public information

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Key Contacts

Champion Lead: Professor Stuart Ralston    

Research Champion Support Manager: Joy Dawson