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Clinical Researcher (OA and Football Study), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Gwen's research involves identifying the key risk factors for hip, knee and foot and ankle osteoarthritis initiation and progression in professional footballers. She is working with Professor Colin Fuller from F-MARC (FIFA's Medical Assessment and Research Centre) and will be the project lead in a research team headed by Professor Mike Doherty (Rheumatology) and A/ Professor Weiya Zhang (Musculoskeletal Epidemiology). The aim of the study is to establish the prevalence of OA and identify the key risk factors for OA development in current and retired professional footballers who engage in high intensity sport for a prolonged period. Previously, her PhD was focused on the biomechanics (kinetics and kinematics) and patient centred outcome scores of patients with medial knee osteoarthritis. As part of her doctorate, Gwen conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) which evaluated the effectiveness of laterally wedged orthoses and footwear in 105 patients with medial knee OA. Her PhD was fully funded by the Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC, Welsh Assembly) and she is an alumni of the RCBC Community of Scholars.
Her primary research interests are lower limb biomechanics, knee injury leading to OA and healthcare outcomes (quality of life measures).
Gwen is a qualified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously lectured on the BSc (hons) Podiatry Gerontology and Musculoskeletal Studies Modules; BSc (hons) Sports, Biomedicine and… read more
Gwen is a qualified Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously lectured on the BSc (hons) Podiatry Gerontology and Musculoskeletal Studies Modules; BSc (hons) Sports, Biomedicine and Nutrition Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics Modules and MSc (Musculoskeletal Studies) on Pathomechanics at Cardiff Metropolitan University.