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I direct the Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR) co-lead the Centre for Musculoskeletal Science (CMS) with Dr Carl Goodyear (University of Glasgow) investigating the pathogenesis of arthritis; this involves identifying novel therapeutic targets, and assessing novel therapeutic approaches.

The CMS is an established multi-institutional collaboration venture between the University of the West of Scotland, the University of Glasgow (Professor Iain McInnes) and the University of Strathclyde (Professor Robin Plevin), with a primary focus on regulatory mechanisms, and their disturbance during disease processes such as rheumatoid arthritis. Research spans fundamental to clinical levels.

Centre expertise includes clinical physiology, pharmacology, immunology, bioengineering and biotechnology. The group adopts an integrated system's approach combined with a molecular base of research to enable comprehensive investigations at cellular, genetic and functional levels.

As a physiologist and bioengineer, my biomedical research career to date has covered a range of diseases and conditions including diabetes, sickle cell anaemia, neonatology, hypertension and now arthritis.  This research has focused on inflammation, haemorheology and microvascular haemodynamics with regard to function and regulation, and involved in situ investigations of blood flow in synovial, renal and other microcirculations using laser Doppler, radiolabelled microspheres and videomicroscopy techniques.

Current research activities

Leadership Roles

I currently co-direct the Insitute of Biomedical & Environmental Health Research, and head the Centre for Musculoskeletal Science (www.uws.ac.uk/IBEHR). The latter is an inter-institutional and multidisciplinary research team with primary focus on arthritis.  Having published landmark ‘proof of concept’ papers identifying two novel therapeutic targets (PAR-2 and AT1 receptors) in rheumatoid/osteoarthritis, followed by translational studies to confirm the relevance of these findings to humans, our research programme now seek to elucidate their pathophysiological roles, develop and evaluate new drugs to target these receptors and establish down-stream signalling pathways. 


Arthritis Research UK £1.2m Programme

I am currently part of a consortium of universities that has been awarded a £1.2 million grant from Arthritis Research UK to bring together for the first time experts in bone, matrix, molecular and systems biology in a concerted effort to better understand osteoarthritis.  We have discovered a novel pathway involved in the development of osteoarthritis which could present a new approach to treatment of this disease.

The consortium integrates researchers at the Universities of Glasgow (Professor William Ferrell), Edinburgh ( Dr Robert van’t Hof), Newcastle (Professor Andrew Rowan) and Strathclyde (Professor Robin Plevin) and West of Scotland (Professor John Lockhart) in the study of a new pathway they previously discovered that may drive disease in osteoarthritis.  This could present an entirely new avenue for drug development. 

Desired research direction

COPD is an incurable and progressive lung condition characterised by progressive airflow reduction, breathing difficulties and irreversible lung damage and ranks as the 3rd leading cause of death world-wide. Despite the high prevalence of COPD and the associated mortality and morbidity within the Southwest of Scotland, there has been almost no research or training provision in this field. This lack within the both Southwest Scotland and Ireland has led to our planned partnered initiative to advance COPD research and training within these regions by establishing a new research training hub - BREATH.

Target collaborative companies

Companies interested in inflammatory diseases

Moor Instruments
Avanticell Science

External positions

Fellow, The Physiological Society (London)

1 Jan 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow

1 Jan 2005 → …

Supporter, International da Vinci Decathalon

Member, Mayo Foundation Sigma Xi Community

Member, The Mayo Clinic & Foundation Alumni

Member, The Microcirculatory Society

Member, The Physiological Society (London)


  • QP Physiology
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Synovial microcirculation

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PAR-2 Receptor Medicine & Life Sciences
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2020

Exosomes in intercellular communication and implications for osteoarthritis

Asghar, S., Litherland, G. J., Lockhart, J. C., Goodyear, C. S. & Crilly, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Rheumatology. 59, 1, p. 57-68 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Synovial Membrane
Articular Cartilage
95 Downloads (Pure)

Accelerated post traumatic osteoarthritis in a dual injury murine model

McCulloch, K., Huesa, C., Dunning, L., Litherland, G. J., Van't Hof, R. J., Lockhart, J. C. & Goodyear, C. S., 31 Dec 2019, In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 27, 12, p. 1800-1810 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries

Air pollutants in urban and semi-rural locations: cytotoxicity of particulate matter metals ions

Woods, C., Litherland, G. J., Hursthouse, A., Lundy, F. T., Sergeant, G., Lockhart, J. C. & McLellan, I., 22 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Differential effects of exosomes derived from separate osteoarthritis synovial compartments: implications for erosive cartilage disease

Asghar, S., Litherland, G., Meek, D., Cole, J., Lockhart, J., Goodyear, C. S. & Crilly, A., 30 Apr 2019, In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 27, S1, p. S192 1 p., 260.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Cartilage Diseases

Enhanced airway smooth muscle relaxation via proteinase activated receptor 2

Black, K., MacKenzie, A., Dunning, L., Crilly, A., Brzeszczynska, J., McGarvey, L., Thornbury, K., Goodyear, C. S., Lockhart, J. C. & Litherland, G. J., 22 Nov 2019, In : Irish Journal of Medical Science. 188, SUPPL 10, p. 286-286 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract


Asthma/COPD Project of the Year, 19th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards 2018

Lorraine Martin (Recipient), Lorcan McGarvey (Recipient), Fionnuala Lundy (Recipient), Gary Litherland (Recipient), John Lockhart (Recipient), Anne Crilly (Recipient), Carl Goodyear (Recipient), Keith Thornbury (Recipient), Mark Hollywood (Recipient), Gerard Sergeant (Recipient) & Noel McHale (Recipient), 22 Feb 2018

Prize: National/international honour

Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards

John Lockhart (Recipient), 22 Feb 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Northern Ireland
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Delivery of Health Care

Activities 2015 2019

David Anderson

John Lockhart (Host), Gary Litherland (Host), Anne Crilly (Host)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

GSK Site Visit

John Lockhart (Organiser), Mark Thomas (Participant), Kimberly Black (Participant), Kirsty McCallum (Participant), Sabha Asghar (Participant), Fawziye Tarhini (Participant), Mari Bailo (Participant), Gary Litherland (Organiser), Anne Crilly (Organiser), Carly Woods (Participant), Bryn Short (Participant)
14 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

BREATH team meeting with Clinical team at Ayr Hospital

John Lockhart (Participant), Gary Litherland (Organiser), Joanna Brzeszczynska (Participant), Karen Bell (Participant), Anur Guhan (Participant)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Other

BREATH PI Meeting, Belfast (QUB)

John Lockhart (Speaker), Anne Crilly (Speaker), Gary Litherland (Speaker)
15 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Chris Carlin

John Lockhart (Host), Gary Litherland (Host), Anne Crilly (Host)
13 Nov 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

School Showcase - Kirkcudbright

John Lockhart


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Health Matters (Galloway News)

John Lockhart


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Cartilage Diseases
PAR-2 Receptor
Smooth Muscle
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Antiviral Agents
Human respiratory syncytial virus