Professor Jim Woodburn was trained in podiatry, biomechanics and arthritis in Edinburgh, Leeds and the National Institutes of Health and University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He is a clinician scientist with a major interest in the biomechanics, podiatry and the management of inflammatory and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limb and foot and ankle. He was appointed Professor of Rehabilitation at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 and operates an interdisciplinary research group including allied health professionals, biomedical engineers, and health services researchers. He is a past recipient of two MRC Fellowships and has held a number of Arthritis Research UK project, equipment and fellowship awards. He was the founding member of the UK Podiatry Rheumatic Care Association and past-president of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology.