Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship awarded to GCU research fellow

26 February 2013

Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship awarded to GCU research fellow

Research expertise in orthoses has led to a Marie Curie Fellowship Award

Research fellow Dr Scott Telfer has been awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, through which European researchers can learn and develop their careers by conducting high-level research in other parts of the world.

Leading the D-FOOTPRINT project, Dr Telfer will spend 12 months with Professor Peter Cavanagh and his Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine team at Washington University in Seattle developing a novel orthotic intervention for people with diabetes at high risk of foot ulceration and amputation.

Dr Telfer will be developing finite element simulations of 3D printed orthoses designed to redistribute tissue damaging stresses which can lead to ulceration in patients with peripheral neuropathy (absent pain sensation).

Dr Cavanagh’s research interests include lower extremity biomechanics, athletic footwear, bone loss during long duration spaceflight, bone health in women on earth, and the foot complications of diabetes.  He is the principal investigator of an experiment that was recently completed on-board the International Space Station.

GCU has received significant additional grant funding in the area of Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation Research including £10,000 for work by Dr Telfer for the development of low cost personalised orthotics for musculoskeletal disorders from Tenovus Scotland.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Institute for Applied Health Research brings together research excellence across GCU to consolidate our success in attracting major grants and develop collaborations with partners in the public and private sectors, within Scotland and internationally.

The group has expertise in enabling technologies in the areas of human performance measurement, for example gait, joint movement, free-living activity and muscle function; medical imaging, in particular diagnostic medical ultrasound; and computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacture (CAM) of assistive devices such as orthotics.

Led by GCU’s Professor Jim Woodburn, A-FOOTPRINT is a four-year FP7-funded European project with the aim of developing novel ankle and foot orthoses for common disabling conditions which are cost effective and personalised for form and function. The A-footprint consortium is a collaboration of 12 partners including SMEs, academic institutions and industrial partners.

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