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Dr Lucy S Gates BSc Hons Sports therapy, BSc Hons Podiatry, PhD

Senior Research Fellow Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

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Dr Lucy Gates is a Senior Research Fellow within the Foot and Ankle Research programme at the University of Southampton.

I believe that to facilitate the generation of robust clinical foot and ankle interventional research, we must first understand the burden of conditions and profile them according to clearly defined epidemiological methods, whilst taking a collaborative approach to research.

Lucy joined the University of Southampton in 2011 to undertake her doctoral research, funded by an Arthritis Research UK fellowship, which formed part of body of work to predict outcomes of knee arthroplasty. Her particular work focused on the use of foot and ankle assessment to determine arthroplasty outcomes and involved the development of a novel foot and ankle assessment protocol.

She is currently undertaking a postdoctoral position within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis. Her current research portfolio is centred around lower limb musculoskeletal epidemiology, with a primary focus on the burden of foot conditions and role of occupation and physical activity on lower limb osteoarthritis.

Lucy takes a collaborative approach to the use of international cohort data and has undertaken work involving the analysis of patient level data across worldwide cohorts to identify i) the burden of foot pain ii) the association between physical activity and osteoarthritis iii) the association between occupation and osteoarthritis iv) the association between osteoarthritis and mortality. Her work to date has seen her lead several international consensus studies.

Lucy maintains strong links with NDORMS at University of Oxford on all epidemiological studies. She is currently undertaking work to identify the burden of foot conditions on the health service and society.

Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Lower limb osteoarthritis
  • Epidemiology
  • Lower limb osteoarthritis
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Individual Participant data Meta-analysis
  • Cohort studies

 

Lucy supervises PhD students in the following;

Time to return to play:  Investigation of time to return to play following ankle injuries in sports. Student: Saed Al-Bimani. Funder: Oman Government scholarship.

RTCGAT: Validation of a real time clinical gait assessment tool. Student: Paul Harradine: Funder: The Podiatry Centre, Portsmouth.

She supervises external PhD students in the following;

Foot factors and running injuries: An investigation into the relationship between foot status and running related injuries. Student: Jerneja Uhan: Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.

Research projects:

Lucy is current co/lead of the following:

The burden of foot pain and conditions across geographical regions: An international cohort collaboration of individual patient level data in 5 cohorts to determine the prevalence of foot pain stratified by important factors.

Physical activity and osteoarthritis Individual Participant Data (IPD) Meta-Analysis: An international collaboration of an individual patient level meta-analysis on the association between physical activity and osteoarthritis.

Occupation and osteoarthritis of the knee: An international collaboration of an individual patient level meta-analysis on the association between occupation and osteoarthritis.

Funder Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis, University of Oxford and Southampton

She was previous co-lead of the following:

MILOS OA & Mortality IDP Meta-Analysis: An international collaboration of an individual patient level meta-analysis on the association between osteoarthritis and Mortality. Funder Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis, University of Oxford

Three international consensus studies: using world experts in each field of methodology, osteoarthritis and physical activity to i) define methodology to undertake high quality analysis on multiple large cohort data sets ii) establish a clinical definition of knee osteoarthritis for use in population studies iii) provide a standardised definition of physical activity.

She was (and remains) Principle Investigator for the following:

The International Musculoskeletal Foot and Ankle assessment (IMFAA): The development of a standardised foot and ankle assessment tool for use in clinic and research. This is currently being taken forward in collaboration innovation and enterprise departments within the University of Southampton to develop a Repository for all outcome measures.

Co-investigator for the following:

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

Acting Priniciple Investigator in the following:

Long-Term Health Outcomes in Ex-Cricketers: A phase 1 cross-sectional study investigating the risk factors for and prevalence of self-reported OA and long-term outcomes within English cricket and the prevalence of significant injury. Funder Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis, The English Cricket Board and the CRN.

She collaborates on the following:

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

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™: An industrial collaboration with SO3D (3D printing), in the development of a unique mesh-webbed insole design for use in patients with osteoarthritis: Fotisnet pump priming funding

 

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Affiliate research group

Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Research project(s)

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

The SpidersoleTM 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 is being led by undergraduate BSc (Hons) Podiatry students and involves testing the ‘SpidersoleTM’ to determine its wearabilty and efficacy in terms of structure, performance, density and support during gait in the human performance laboratory and outdoors on different terrain.

DateResponsibilities
2019-2020 Arthritis Research UK Centre form Sport, Exercise and OA Early Career Research Representative
2018-ongoing Health Sciences Early Career Researcher Concordat Champion
2018-ongoing Health Sciences Ethics board reviewer
2017 – ongoing Research collaboration between the University of Southampton, University of Oxford, University of North Carolina, Harvard University, The University of Adelaide, La Trobe University, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, Arthritis Research UK Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Centre of Excellence, University of Southampton, Oxford and Nottingham, involving the investigation of foot health on physical activity.
2015 - ongoing Research collaboration between the University of Southampton, University of Oxford, University of Southern Denmark, Arizona State University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina and University of Edinburgh involving the investigation of physical activity in osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.
2015- ongoing Research collaboration between the University of Southampton, University of Oxford, University of California, San Francisco, University of Boston, University of North Carolina, University of Maryland, Lund University, University of Leeds, Erasmus University and University of Southern Denmark involving the definition of osteoarthritis and the association of physical activity to osteoarthritis of the knee and hip and the association of osteoarthritis to mortality.
2015 - ongoing Research collaboration with the MRC epidemiology resource centre, University of Southampton and the University of Oxford involving the investigation of osteoarthritis within the knee and hip.
2011 - ongoing Honorary clinical contract with Southampton Universities Hospital Trust (SUHT) for the implementation and delivery of a specialist foot and ankle assessments within research and the study of English cricketers.
2012 - ongoing Honorary contract with University of Oxford and The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre for the implementation and delivery of a specialist foot and ankle assessments within research and epidemiological project contributions.
2011 - ongoing Member of the OARS (osteoarthritis research syndicate) group as part of the Southampton/Oxford musculoskeletal research partnership.
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