BMSc Alumni return to TORT

Over ten years after graduating, three BMSc Alumni paid a welcome return visit to the TORT Centre today, 19th September 2016.

Dr Robin Kerr, Dr Richard Clinghan (both 2005 intake) and Dr Wendy McBurnie (2006 intake) returned to the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR) where they studied the Intercalated BMSc (Hons) in Applied Orthopaedic Technology.

Richard’s research entitled “Assessing plantar pressure and comfort in various running shoes”, which attracted massive media attention reflecting running shoes ‘the more you pay the less you get’ and Robin’s research topic “Assessing the influence of footwear on lower limb muscle activity” were both supervised by Professor Rami Abboud. Wendy’s research entitled “Evaluation of a new device for taking bone biopsy samples” was supervised by Dr Tim Drew and Mr David Nicoll. Robin is now a practising GP in Hawick, Scotland, whilst Richard and Wendy (husband and wife) are a GP and Anatomical Pathologist, respectively, working in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Professor Rami Abboud, Director of IMAR, warmly welcomed the visitors and showed them around the TORT Centre to highlight what developments have occurred over the past decade, technically regarding the motion analysis lab, and physically with the addition of a sports lab that was added in 2007. Prof then took the guys for lunch to the nearby Invercarse Hotel; the same venue where they each attended celebratory end of term dinners upon successfully completing their courses.

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Left to right: Dr Graham Arnold (IMAR Technical Manager), Ian Christie (Academic Skills Tutor), Dr Robin Kerr, Professor Rami Abboud (Head of the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery), Dr Richard Clinghan, Dr Wendy McBurnie, Sadiq Nasir (Project Support)

It is always a great pleasure to welcome our valued Alumni back to the TORT Centre” stated Professor Abboud. “Richard, Wendy and Robin are now all successful in their relative fields and it is with great pride that we can say that the TORT Centre played a small part in their academic development and subsequent careers. It is amazing that ten years have passed so quickly but pleasing to know that old acquaintances were rekindled like it were only yesterday. I wish them every success in their already successful fields and hope that it is not as long before we see each other again”.

Course testimonials for the Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology, including those from Robin, Richard and Wendy, can be seen, along with others, HERE >>>