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Professor Maria Stokes awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours

Published on 12 January 2018

We are pleased to report that Professor Maria Stokes, based at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours for services to physiotherapy research. Congratulations Professor Stokes!

Established in 2013, the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis was recently funded for a further five years. This is Europe's first research centre bringing together experts in sports medicine and osteoarthritis to identify the specific risk factors involved in sport and exercise injuries leading to osteoarthritis. The centre is led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and is a consortium of six Universities: Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough and Leeds.

Professor Stokes is overseeing a series of the centre's studies which focus on what can be learnt from the world of professional football. Her research interests focus on musculoskeletal health, specifically in exercise to maintain healthy joints and mobility.

You can read more about Professor Stokes' research in Arthritis Today magazine, and also via the University of Southampton press release.

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