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Professor Anthony Jones - personal details

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Professor Anthony Jones

Role: Professor of Neuro-Rheumatology

Tel: +44 (0)161 206 4266


Human Pain Research Group
School of Translation Medicine
University of Manchester
Clinical Sciences Building
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
M6 8HD

Hon. Professor of Rehabilitation Science, Salford University

Human Pain Research Group

Human Pain Research

Telephone: +44 (0)161 206 4265 (Kate Lees - Secretary)




Anthony Jones is professor of Neuro-rheumatology at Manchester University and leads the Human Pain Research Group. Whilst at the Hammersmith Hospital he pioneered the development of techniques to image neurochemical and metabolic brain responses to pain using Positron Emission Tomography. Over the last twenty years he has used a number of functional brain imaging techniques to understand that the normal and abnormal mechanisms of pain perception. There is now the exciting prospect of using some of the insights gained in these studies to develop new approaches to pharmacological and cognitive interventions for chronic pain. He also leads the International Association of Pain Musculoskletal Pain Taskforce and is leading the development of National and International Guidelines on the Integrated Management of Musculoskeletal Pain (jointly sponsored by the BSR and the IASP).

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • Pain Society
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • European Federation of the International Association for the Study of Pain - (EFIC)
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • Psychophysiology Association
  • Euroscience
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Association
  • Trustee & Director – ARMA (the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance


  • M.A 1975 - Oxford
  • MB BS 1978 - London
  • MRCP 1981 - UK
  • MD 1992 - London
  • FRCP 1996 - UK


Current university teaching activities include regular undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Over the last five years the work from our group and those of our colleagues, and the seminars that we have given nationally and internationally, have resulted in a slow but substantial shift of interest to pain physiology and pain management issues in the European Rheumatology and Neurology Communities. This has resulted in the Group being commissioned by the British Society for Rheumatology and the International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP) to develop “Integrated Guidelines for the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain”.

Specialist registrars in rheumatology are taught in the multidisciplinary musculoskeletal pain and inflammatory arthritis clinics that I have set up in parallel to the formal teaching they get on the ward and in the Rheumatology MSc course.

Now that the ARC programme grant has been established we have plans, which are at an early stage, to develop a teaching website on the principles of pain physiology and musculoskeletal pain management. We would plan to do this in conjunction with our colleagues in the Dept of Anatomy, ARC Epidemiology Unit and the Royal College of Physicians and IASP. Chairman of IASP Musculoskeletal Pain Taskforce. This is an international group which is focussed on developing and promoting the guidelines - driven management of Musculoskeletal Pain workshops and seminars at international and national meetings. We plan to do this at the same time as holding a number of National and International meetings to develop and promote the “Integrated Guidelines for the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain”.