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For people with arthritis, pain has a substantial impact on all aspects of their life, causing significant disability, morbidity and contributing to an increased risk of mortality. Since 2015, we've been reviewing and carefully considering our approach to tackling musculoskeletal pain. This has included reviewing our insight and information about pain and engaging in strategic discussions with key stakeholders, for example at our pain workshops held in May 2016 and February 2017.  By focusing on this priority area for people with arthritis, along with continuing to seek a cure for arthritis, we aim to drastically transform and improve the quality of life for the millions of people living with the pain of arthritis.

Since 2015 we have been catalysing new areas of activity in our research award and fellowship schemes to prioritise musculoskeletal pain research. Through two highlight notices on pain and fatigue and the launch of our Pain Challenge scheme, we have funded £6m of new pain research. Additionally we have supported XX fellowships for the most exciting future pain research leaders.

Through 2017 and early in 2018, we've been working on developing an ambitious pain strategy, called our Pain Roadmap. The Pain Roadmap will launch in April 2018 and an implementation plan developed.

Upcoming funding opportunities

Pain Challenge - opening Winter 2018

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