Prof. Nadine Foster

Prof. Nadine Foster

Director of Keele Clinical Trials Unit, NIHR Research Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care

Following an undergraduate four year degree in Physiotherapy (University of Ulster), I obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy (Faculty of Science, University of Ulster) in 1998. I came to Keele University in September 2000 to a lectureship in the Department of Physiotherapy Studies. I moved full time into the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences in December 2004 supported by a five year Primary Care Career Scientist Award, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Pain Management (Therapies) in March 2005 and Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care in March 2010. In 2012 I was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship for 5 years, to support a large programme of translational research focused on improving outcomes for patients in primary care with common musculoskeletal pain.

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and currently am the President Elect of the Society of Back Pain Research in the UK, and serve on the International Organising Committee for the International Forum for Back Pain Research in Primary Care. I am the Deputy Chair of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic programme (previously CAT) panel for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and pharmacists and an NIHR approved Mentor. 

I am the lead NIHR Academic Training Advocate for physiotherapy. The Advocates are a cohort of passionate and proactive researchers working both individually and as a group to act as ambassadors for health research careers, promoting the NIHR training and career opportunities and supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals who wish to begin or continue a research career. See http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/academic-training-advocates.htm

I have led and contributed to over 100 peer reviewed publications, supervised over 15 Masters students and 10 PhD students with 4 PhD students currently in progress and I support post-doctoral staff within the Musculoskeletal Health and Pain research theme in the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele.