David Walsh

University of Nottingham, UK

David Walsh is Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nottingham, UK, and Consultant Rheumatologist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where for 21 years he delivered multidisciplinary pain management programmes for people with low back pain. In 2010 he established Nottingham’s Pain Centre Versus Arthritis, together with a multidisciplinary research team which includes preclinical neurosciences, psychology, neuroimaging, orthopaedics, genetics, epidemiology and evidence synthesis. The Centre develops new and improved treatments through a translational research programme into the mechanisms by which changes within the joint and in the nervous system interact with psychosocial factors to produce arthritis pain. He is developing targeted treatment approaches based on mechanistic pain phenotypes in order to improve the lives of people with chronic pain. His randomised controlled trials employ pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. In 2020 he was appointed as Programmed Director to lead the creation of the UKRI/Versus Arthritis Advanced Pain Discovery Platform. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for NICE guidelines on the management of low back pain and sciatica, and continues to combine research with clinical practice in rheumatology.