Individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in osteoarthritis. 

Applications are invited for a four-year PhD studentship within the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at the University of Nottingham.

The Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre was created at The University of Nottingham in 2010 to investigate the mechanisms that lead to the chronic pain experienced by people with arthritis, and to improve the treatment of arthritis pain. The successful applicant will join our multidisciplinary team with expertise in the investigation of pain mechanisms, pain assessment, and the evaluation of existing and novel analgesics. The IPD meta-analysis is part of the Pain Centre stratified care programme aiming to identify treatment responders and predictors of response.  It is an international collaboration involving 4 countries to collect the IPD data of published randomised controlled trials for all treatments in osteoarthritis.  The student will contribute to the data collection while focusing on her/his own project on topical NSAIDs/capsaicin and placebo responses. This studentship is suitable for those with a background in epidemiology or evidence based medicine or other clinical, health-related, social or biomedical sciences. Further details of the Centre and this project are available at:

Students must have a UK 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. 

The studentship will include the payment of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance stipend of approximately £13,863 per annum (2014/15), in the first instance. Non-EU students are welcome, but they would have to self fund the difference between the Home/EU and international fee.  The University of Nottingham offers some scholarships to cover fees in open competition with other non-EU students.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor, Dr W Zhang, tel: 0115 823 1750, Email:[log in to unmask].

Applications with a detailed CV, the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to Dr W Zhang, Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, Academic Rheumatology, Clinical Sciences Building, City Hospital, Nottingham, NG5 1PB. 



Weiya Zhang, BMed, BPH, MEpi, PhD

Associate Professor & Reader

Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology

The University of Nottingham

Clinical Sciences Building

City Hospital

Nottingham NG5 1PB

t: +44 (0) 115 82 31756 

f: +44 (0) 115 82 31757





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