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Professor Martin Underwood

Job Title
Professor
Department
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
Phone
02476 574664
Research Interests

Musculoskeletal disorders Primary Care Randomised controlled trials

Biography

Professor Underwood trained in Manchester. He has worked as a GP in Lusaka, Manchester, Tower Hamlets, and latterly in Coventry. He joined Warwick Medical School in 2007. He is an adjunct Professor at Monash University. Professor Underwood's main area of research is into the improved diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly back pain and osteoarthritis. His portfolio of completed large primary care studies include: exercise & manual therapy for low back pain (UK BEAM), a group cognitive behavioural approach for low back pain (BEST) Topical NSAIDs for knee pain (TOIB), exercise for depression in care home residents (OPERA), and supportive self-management for people living with chronic pain (COPERs). Large trials due to report in 2020 ? 21 include; Prevention of falls injury (Pre-FIT), Supportive self-management for people living with chronic headaches (CHESS), supportive self-management of people using opioids for chronic non-malignant pain (I-WOTCH), home physiotherapy after knee replacement (CORKA), and a cognitive behavioural approach for people with COPD and mild depression (TANDEM). Other work in primary care work includes improving care pathways for people with musculoskeletal disorders and return to work initiatives for people for people with chronic pain. As a trials methodologist Professor Underwood's work now encompasses a broader range of rehabilitation and secondary care interventions. Professor Underwood is an NIHR senior investigator. On behalf of NICE he has chaired two guideline development groups (back pain 2009 & headaches 2012), and form 2014-17 was chair of the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee. Professor Underwood was part of the development groups for Osteoarthritis Research Society International's osteoarthritis guidelines in 2014 & 2019.

Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR HTA Second Stage: Exercise training in pulmonary hypertension National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2019 31 Aug 2022
NIHR HTA:COVID-19 recovery and learning_Rehabilitation Exercise and psycholoGical support After covid-19 InfectioN (REGAIN) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2022
NIHR PDF 2015 - Peter Wall: SAFE-TKR study (Safety and feasibility evaluation of tourniquets for knee replacement study) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2016 31 Jul 2022
UK study of ankle fracture rehabilitation ? multicentre randomised controlled trial. NIHR CDF Fellowship. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2022
A Randomised, Efficient, Adaptive Clinical Trial in Surgery: Assessment of a Biodegradeable Spacer for Tears of the RotAtor Cuff Tendons (STARTS:REACTS) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2022
ARTISAN National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2018 30 Nov 2021
Tailored intervention for ANxiety and DEpression Management in COPD via QMUL National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2021
NIHR HTA Induction of labour at 39 weeks for predicted macrosomia National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2018 30 Jun 2021
PGfAR Full application: Chronic Headache Educations and Self-management Study (CHESS): Resubmission National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 05 Jan 2015 31 Oct 2020
Improving the wellbeing of people with Opioid treated chronic pain: I-WOTCH National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2016 30 Nov 2019
NIHR PDF 2015 - Keith Couper - A feasibility study of the use of the mechanical CPR for in-hospital cardiac arrest. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2015 30 Sep 2019
SERCO Tender to European Social Fund 2014-2020 - London Serco Limited 01 Aug 2018 31 Jul 2019
Development of Individual Supported Employment work-placements to Improve the health-related Quality of Life of people with chronic pain who are unemployed (ISEIQoL)- ARUK Arthritis Research UK 02 Jan 2017 30 Apr 2019
Centres for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM), Theme 3 Prevention and Detection Department of Health 01 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2018
NIHR HTA Application - (CORKA) via Dr Karen Barker Oxford National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2014 31 Mar 2018
Re-cost- 46594 HS&DR via Queen's University Belfast - REACH- non-randomised pilot study and process evaluation. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2016 31 Mar 2018
NIHR Research Methods Fellowship 2015 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Mar 2016 28 Feb 2018
Prevention of fall-related injuries (Pre-FIT) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), School of Social Care Research NIHR 01 Sep 2010 28 Feb 2018
Fellowship Scheme Support University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust 01 Mar 2015 28 Feb 2017
Primary care treatment of pain-related insomnia: A feasibility study of ahybrid cognitive-behavioural approach National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2014 30 Sep 2016
REVISED SUBMISSION - NIHR HTA Feasability study 11/31 - Facet Joints National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jul 2013 30 Jun 2015
Excess Treatment cost for COPERS Coventry Primary Care Trust 03 Oct 2011 30 Sep 2014
Excess Treatment Cost for COPERS Warwickshire Primary Care Trust 28 Feb 2012 30 Sep 2014
Sandhu, Harbinder / Dystonia Society grant / proof of concept study into CBT and dystonia Dystonia Society 01 Mar 2014 31 Aug 2014
NIHR Programme Grant - FULL - Revised: Treatment of Back Pain National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2010 30 Sep 2013
RDS Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Bursary National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2013 31 May 2013
Acuknee National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2011 31 Dec 2012
OPERA study, Extended treatment costs The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 19 Jan 2012 31 Aug 2012
NIHR RfPB:Improving Patient Choice in Treating Low Back Pain (IMPACT - LBP) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2010 31 Mar 2012
HTA SARAH: Strengthening and Stretching for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hands: The Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of an Exercise Programme Over and Above Usual Care National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2008 28 Feb 2012
Improving the Management of Chronic Pain National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2009 31 Dec 2011
OPERA study qualitative follow-up - VARIATION TO CONTRACT 2 The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Feb 2011 31 Oct 2011
Group exercise for older adults with osteoarthritis BUPA Foundation 01 Oct 2010 30 Sep 2011
HTA (OPERA) Older Peoples Exercise Invention in Residential and Nursing Accommodation National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2011
OPERA - Older Peoples Exercise Intervention in Residential and Nursing Accommodation NHS Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 01 Feb 2008 31 Jul 2008