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International recognition for leading Southampton podiatrist

Published: 23 May 2019
Catherine Bowen

A leading Southampton podiatrist has been appointed Editor of The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and is currently embarking on an international trip to promote world-leading podiatry research being undertaken at the University.

Professor Cathy Bowen’s work leading Southampton’s Foot and Ankle research programme has been recognised with the announcement of her editorship of the official journal of the UK College of Podiatry and the Australian Podiatry Association.

She said: “I am excited to be taking on the baton of The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and very much looking forward to continuing the philosophy of the founders of the journal that is readily available online and free to access, has a robust and transparent peer review process, and is the jewel in the crown of our College of Podiatry.

“My aim during my editorship is to see better links between knowledge generators (those who publish in JFAR) and knowledge users (clinicians at the coal face) to improve the uptake, application and influence of our foot and ankle research.”

Cathy, who investigates and manages inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritic manifestations within the foot and ankle, has been at Southampton for the past 16 years, and is committed to raising the awareness of the University’s excellence in this specialised field.

She is currently visiting the USA, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand, to liaise with academic colleagues, speak at conferences and run network events that will strengthen and extend collaboration between Southampton and international organisations.

She said: “The trip is part of the final year of my National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship. During my Fellowship, I have created new international collaborative networks to advance healthcare in the field, maximising opportunities in leading research towards answering the important questions that will progress foot and ankle interventions. In doing this, I have assembled a new five-year programme of national and international research with the aim of the trip being to secure the sustainability of this.”

Cathy’s international recognition is an example of the quality of podiatry teaching and research at Southampton. Our podiatry team are experts in their fields:

Mark Cole, Principal Teaching Fellow and Podiatry Programme Manager

Mark leads the podiatry programme and offers a broad perspective on the healthcare landscape through a range of podiatric and inter-professional experiences in the clinical, managerial and education fields. Mark works with professional, statutory and regulatory bodies providing expert strategic advice to shape national policy in relation to the delivery of podiatric undergraduate training. He has a special interest in vascular and neurological complications in the lower limb and the management of complex care in community settings.

Dr Dawn-Anne Bacon, Lecturer in Podiatry and Clinician

Dawn has a special interest in musculoskeletal and neurological podiatry; she has held posts in the NHS and private sector reflecting this. She currently divides her clinical time between running her own private practice and leading the team who provide podiatry services to Glenside Hospital for Neurological Rehabilitation. She is the lead for musculoskeletal podiatry and a supervisor for doctoral students.  Dawn is a reviewer for The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and Podiatry Now.

Dr Lindsey S Cherry, Clinical Lecturer in Podiatric Rheumatology

Lindsey holds a joint clinical academic post between the University of Southampton and the Solent NHS Trust. Clinically, Lindsey leads the Trust’s podiatric rheumatology service and the Solent Podiatry research and improvement team. Within her academic role, Lindsey contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and leads a research programme in clinical practice that focuses on pedal tissue health in people with long-term musculoskeletal conditions. Lindsey also holds a number of external appointments with national organisations and is a national NIHR advocate for the Podiatry profession.

Dr Lucy S Gates, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis

Lucy’s research is centred around lower limb musculoskeletal epidemiology, with a primary focus on the burden of foot conditions and the role of occupation and physical activity on lower limb osteoarthritis. She maintains strong links with NDORMS at the University of Oxford on all epidemiological studies.

Keith McCormick, Lecturer in Podiatry and Director of Internationalisation

Keith is from an advanced clinical practice background with research interests in peripheral neurovascular function in diabetes. He is an Inaugural Fellow and appointed examiner for the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and holds two external examiner positions at BSc and MSc level. Keith is module lead for the final year research module and the MSc adult diabetes module and teaches diabetes care across the School.

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