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Professor Catherine Bowen PhD, MSc, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

Professor in Podiatry

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Professor Catherine Bowen joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2003 as a podiatrist with a specific education and research focus related to investigation and management of inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritic manifestations within the foot and ankle.

For patients with arthritis, changing the way current foot care is provided will benefit their long term social health and well-being. Alongside this is continued support for increasing clinical academic capacity in musculoskeletal practice through an on-going programme of internships and fellowships

Catherine qualified as a podiatrist in 1987, then working within the UK NHS as a podiatrist specialising in rheumatology before entering academia in 1996. Since that time she has led the advancement of musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques applied to the foot and ankle and has made a significant contribution to the development of research in the podiatry profession over the past decade. In 2014 in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of podiatry, Catherine received a meritorious award from the UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. In 2015, Catherine was further recognized for her contribution towards podiatry led research in being awarded a highly prestigious UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship.

Throughout her career, Catherine has championed the growth of new promising graduate clinicians to develop podiatry and allied health research capacity and clinical academic careers through leadership of various internship schemes and NIHR MRes, PhD and post-doctoral awards.

Advisory Group Memberships

Chair of the College of Podiatry UK Research and Development Committee (2014-present).

Chair of the College of Podiatry UK Professoriate (2015-present).

Podiatry representative on the UK Council for Allied Health Professions Research UK (CAHPR) strategy committee (2014 – present).

Member of the College of Podiatry Academic Board (2014 – present).

Deputy Editor UK, The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (2012 – present)

Member of the Executive Board, Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) (2012-2014)

Member of the College of Podiatry Chartered Scientists Committee.

Co-convener for the Foot and Ankle specialist interest group of the British Society for Rheumatologists (2012 – present)

Research mentor for the National Institute for Health clinical academic training pathway for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (2011-present)

Member of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research UK (CAHPR).

Co-hub leader for the CAHPR Southern Central hub (2011- 2015).

Member of the UK Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists Research & Development Committee (2011 –present)

Member of the UK Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) and co-hub leader for the Southern Central hub (2011-present)

Reviewer for Arthritis Research UK (2010 –present)

Member of the Dr William M Scholl Podiatric Research and Development Endowment Fund, Scientific Committee (2009 – 2013)

Reviewer for Arthritis Care and Research, Rheumatology, The Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, Manual Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Podiatry Now.

 

Collaborations

SOLLAR: The Southampton-Oxford Lower Limb Arthritis Research Group

Honorary Lecturer Contract with Oxford University for research (January 2010 – to present)

Honorary Clinical Contract with UHS (2003 – to present)

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London for research (2011 – present)

Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, University of Nottingham (2011-present)

Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds for research and internships (July 2006 – to present)

Singapore General Hospital for student placements (October 2006 – to present)

 

Presentations and prizes

National Institute for Health Research Fellowship 2015-2019).

Meritorious award of the UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (2014).

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS Glasgow) (2012)

Post-graduate research supervision award (2012)

Highly Commended prize in the Achieving Excellence in learning, teaching, development or mentorship category of the DOH 2010 Advancing Healthcare Awards for allied health professionals and health scientists (March 2010).

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Research interests

Catherine’s research has two interlinked pathways: education and development of podiatry and allied health new graduate careers and investigation of musculoskeletal foot and ankle pathology.  The latter has grown from foundation epidemiological research to investigation of large population data, mixed methods research design and development of international clinical protocols.

I am principal investigator in the following:

OptiFOOT: Optimisation of foot care for people living with arthritis. Funder: College of Podiatry UK and the National Institute for Health research (NIHR).

MSKInterns: Arthritis Research UK internship project for allied health and nurse clinicians. Funder: Arthritis Research UK.

ELFOAB: The epidemiology and lifetime risk of osteoarthritis within the foot and biomechanical functional outcomes.
 Funder: Dr W.M.Scholl Podiatric Research & Development fund.

SPIDERSOLE: Optimal insole design for people who have foot arthritis.

I am co-investigator in the following:

FeeTURA4: Forefoot complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: identification, impact and intervention. Funder: NIHR

COASt (foot): Clinical outcomes in knee arthroplasty and biomechanical foot and ankle assessment
. Funder Arthritis Research UK.

GAFRA: The impact of early adult rheumatoid arthritis on the biomechanical and functional characteristics of the foot and lower limb.
 Funder: Dr W.M.Scholl Podiatric Research & Development fund.

RAfootBrunei: Development of a systematic management and care pathway for patients with foot complaints associated with rheumatoid arthritis in Brunei Darussalam.
 Funder: Brunei Government PhD student scholarship

SHOES: People with Stroke and Parkinsons: Home and Outdoor shoES. Funder: RfPB NIHR.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Affiliate research group

Active Living Technologies

Research project(s)

SPIDERSOLE: Optimal insole design for people who have foot arthritis.

The spidersole project has a primarily focus on further developing a novel insole design for management of foot osteoarthritis through investigation of appropriate materials and methods of printing and construction to a device that is wearable. A second phase of the study involves testing the ‘spidersole’ to determine its wearabilty and efficacy in terms of structure, performance, density and support during gait.

OptiFoot: Optimisation of foot care for people living with arthritis.

Supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research and The College of Podiatry UK this project forms a four year multi-phase research design to develop an optimal model of footcare for people living with arthritis.

MSKInterns: Graduate Rheumatology Research Internships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

The aim of this project is about developing a national network of healthcare professional research internships in rheumatology. Funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK the governance of the programme is overseen by Dr Catherine Bowen at the University of Southampton, who is joined by expert colleagues from a network of universities including Leeds, Salford, Oxford and the West of England.

ELFOAB / Epidemiology and lifetime risk of osteoarthritis within the foot and biomechanical functional outcomes

It has been recognized that osteoarthritis (OA) of the foot may have a detrimental effect on patients’ health related quality of life and that foot OA may cause significant morbidity.The specific aims of this research are to develop a detailed understanding of the epidemiology, risk factors and associations of OA occurring within the feet in the general population at middle and older age. An additional aim is to determine lower limb biomechanical factors associated with radiographic foot OA.

COASt (foot): Clinical outcomes in knee arthroplasty and biomechanical foot and ankle assessment

Utilising an established Clinical Outcomes in Arthroplasty Study (COASt) cohort that is currently led by Professor Nigel Arden at both Southampton and Oxford sites; our aim is to determine whether clinical foot and ankle measures are useful in predicting patient reported outcomes following Total Knee Replacement (TKR).

GAFRA / The impact of early adult rheumatoid arthritis on the biomechanical and functional characteristics of the foot and lower limb

The impact of RA on the foot and lower limb has been identified as a key factor influencing quality of life but there is limited published research evaluating the impact of early RA on foot and lower limb biomechanics and its relationship to disease impact. Although early diagnosis of RA improves outcomes, current assessment tools are not designed to evaluate the impact of early RA on the biomechanical function of the foot and lower limb. This study will use 3D motion analysis to evaluate the impact of early RA on the movement characteristics of the foot and lower limb.

FeeTURA4 / Forefoot complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: identification, impact and intervention

To date the team at Southampton have led the development and validation of imaging techniques to uniquely determine the longitudinal epidemiology of forefoot complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This provides a substantial basis of expertise to develop work in this area, utilising improved technologies to address the unmet clinical burden of RA disease. A targeted intervention for forefoot complication in patients with RA will be necessary however there is currently limited evidence on which to tailor intervention to individual patients. As such the proposed research will use new generation US technology to facilitate patient assessment, within a community setting, in real time, the results of which will be used to inform a personalised medical approach to management.

Research career development internships for podiatrists: an outline proposal for developing AHP research and researchers in rheumatology and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

The aim of the arthritis research UK-funded (podiatry) internship programme has been to develop an annual series of competitive research based internships with specific focus on foot and ankle research.

Within Catherine’s portfolio research and enterprise activities are inherently interlinked with her education profile through her on-going commitment to academic achievement, leadership and knowledge dissemination of her field. Current responsibilities revolve around her NIHR Fellowship objectives in promoting leadership in research and education for Podiatry within the UK nationally and internationally.

For many years Catherine has been recognized as a key leader in the education of undergraduate and post-graduate podiatrists, enhancing practice. Additional to this this Catherine has led on educational developments for other cohorts of health professionals. Through her appointments, as MRes NIHR pathway leader, and previously as programme leader for BSc Hons podiatry programme and Professional Lead for Podiatry, Catherine has successfully led and managed innovation in educational delivery through module redesigns and revalidations (2004, 2009, 2012).

For the Faculty, Catherine has led applications for an Athena SWAN charter award (April 2013; November 2014) and continues to chair this important committee that has now expanded to encompass the wider Equality and Diversity agenda. Athena SWAN is a highly regarded award that focuses on the promotion of women in science.

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As a Professor in Podiatry Catherine contributes to the delivery of high quality teaching across the faculty of health sciences undergraduate post graduate taught, continuing education and PhD programmes. She is currently supervising 2 MRes students, 8 PhD students and advisor to two external PhD students. Catherine also acts as external examiner and reviewer for other Institutions for undergraduate and post-graduate-taught programmes and has been external examiner for 6 PhDs.

Catherine’s teaching focus is related to investigation and management of inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritic manifestations within the foot and ankle. She engages in research led teaching through the links she provides students to her clinical experience and research and fully embraces integration of research within education curricula.

“I advocate a ‘deep’ approach to student learning through case based discussions and continued application of theory to practice whilst demonstrating reflexivity with differing learning abilities”.

Professor Catherine Bowen
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