PhD Success at UDOTS

Dr Rania Edris has successfully completed her Doctor of Philosophy at UDOTS.

Her research topic, entitled “Assessment of the impact of loading pressure on endothelial function in diabetic foot” was supervised by Professor Rami Abboud (University of Balamand), Professor Faisel Khan (Systems Medicine) and Dr Graham Arnold (UDOTS).

Rania, who hails from Giza in Egypt, began her PhD in 2014 after completing an MSc in Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology with distinction at UDOTS. She has been extremely proactive during her time here in Dundee, presenting her MSc research at several conferences including at the 13th International Conference on Clinical Biomechanics at Staffordshire University on April 23-25, 2015, and winning a Postgraduate Student Award in 2017 at the Venture Competition Final run by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee. She has also won third prize for Poster Presentation at School of Medicine Postgraduate Research Student Symposium in June 2016, chosen for Oral presentation at Graduate Women Scotland East, Research Presentation Day, April 2017 and presented an E-Poster at the 13th Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Mediterranean Congress, Marrakech, Morocco, November 2019.

Everyone at UDOTS would like to congratulate Rania and wish her every success in her future career.

Rania stated:

“My research aimed to investigate two of the major contributing factors of diabetic foot ulceration, changes in endothelial function and mechanical foot pressure to determine the differences in the way small blood vessels respond under pressure in patients with diabetes when compared to a group of subjects without diabetes. I hope findings from this project will add to the understanding of the mechanism of the development of diabetic foot ulcers and can help in designing better future therapeutic interventions to prevent diabetic foot ulceration. I am applying for research posts in the UK and I have a big wish to be able to continue living in Scotland particularly in the most friendly city of Dundee.”

Dr Graham Arnold, Co-supervisor, added:

“We’d all like to congratulate Rania on her PhD success whilst at the same time recognising the feeling of sadness that her time with us is almost at an end. I’ve personally had the pleasure of working with Rania over a number of years and will certainly miss our long discussions together. She has been a constant part of the TORT Centre and is part of our UDOTS Family. Her generosity and lovely smile, along with her baking of course, will be sadly missed by all.”

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