Intercalated BMSc Scientific Communication Award

Mr Patrick Porter was presented with the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery’s Intercalated BMSc Scientific Communication Award for 2017-2018 at the TORT Centre.

Professor Rami Abboud presents this award annually to the student who has written the best scientific research paper submission for the year as per the relevant journal guidelines.

Patrick’s research, entitled “Volar plating: functional recovery of the pronator quadratus”, supervised by Mr Graeme Nicol and Dr Tim Drew, aimed to record pronation power and muscle activity in participants who have had volar plating in order to identify whether the function fully recovers.

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The 2017-2018 TORT Centre award winners line up! Left to Right: Patrick Porter, Hamish Matthews, Professor Abboud, Sarah Burns.

“It was extremely difficult picking one single recipient of the Scientific Communication Award so this year the board of examiners decided upon joint winners; so well done to Patrick Porter and Hamish Watson. They both authored academic excellent papers and followed the specified Journal guidelines to the letter. Patrick endured the ‘torture’ of negotiating the intricacies of the daunting NHS Research Ethics. He showed great resilience and perseverance in overcoming every required obstacle. This process was time-consuming and it effectively necessitated him to complete his research in a two-month period … and may I say that he completed it with flying colours!”, stated Professor Abboud.


Here at the TORT Centre we actively encourage our Intercalated BMSc students to choose an area of research that is of personal interest. Based in the renowned Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR) students are exposed and encouraged to use cutting-edge motion analysis technologies with emphasis based on biomechanics, motion and gait analysis, clinical audit, sports and rehabilitation. So whether your interest is in rock climbing, football, hockey, rugby, running, or weightlifting, the only boundary is the students’ own imagination - if it moves, we can analyse it!