Podiatry student awarded prestigious research scholarship

25 April 2017

Third-year Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Lucy Forsyth has been awarded a prestigious Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship to undertake a piece of independent research during the summer break.

The podiatry student will work under the supervision of Dr Gordon Hendry, Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, and Dr Lisa Newcombe, Lecturer in Podiatry, both of whom work in GCU's Musculoskeletal Health Research Group, on a project entitled 'Intrinsic foot muscle cross-sectional area in people with and without plantar heel pain'. The study will use ultrasound imaging to compare the size of foot muscles between people with and without heel pain, with the aim of gaining an understanding of the role of muscle weakness in this disabling condition, which is estimated to effect up to 10% of the adult population.

Dr Hendry said: "The Carnegie Vacation Scholarship Scheme plays an important role in supporting independent research in Scotland and I'm delighted that Lucy is being given the opportunity to undertake this research. I look forward to working with Lucy on the project, which will provide valuable pilot data for future studies."

The Vacation Scholarship Scheme is for Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree at a Scottish university, who have shown exceptional merit at university, and who would like to devote some portion of the long vacation to undertake a programme of independent research of direct benefit to their academic work. Lucy is one of 79 students to be awarded a scholarship this academic year.