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Prof. Anthony Woolf – Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, United Kingdom

"Musculoskeletal health is commonly impacted by pain and musculoskeletal conditions are the major cause of disability world wide with a great economic impact through health and social care and workloss. Actions are needed to address this burden."


Prof. Anthony Woolf
Clinical Director, Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, NIHR
Bone and Joint Research Group

Professor Anthony Woolf is Honorary Professor of Rheumatology, University of Exeter Medical School, and Plymouth Peninsula Medical and Dental College, and Clinical Director of the NHS National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network Southwest Peninsula.

He is and has been involved in various initiatives at a national, European and global level to raise awareness and priority for musculoskeletal health and identify solutions. He coordinated the WHO Report on the Burden of Musculoskeletal conditions at the Start of the New Millennium; lead the European Bone and Joint Health Strategies project; is co-lead of the Musculoskeletal Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study and has lead the European Musculoskeletal Surveillance and Information Network – an initiative supported by the European Community.

He is immediate past Chair of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade, and is Chair of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (UK). He is editor-inchief of Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology.

He advises the WHO on various relevant issues, in particular disability, ageing, and noncommunicable diseases. He works with WHO, the European Commission and policy makers in the UK to ensure they consider musculoskeletal health in all policies – health, social and employment. He has most recently successfully advised WHO Europe on including musculoskeletal health in the Noncommunicable Action Plan that was adopted by all 53 member countries in September 2016. He is now working with WHO Europe on its implementation.