20th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics

Five students from the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS) will be presenting their research at the 20th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics on 21-23 April 2022.

UDOTS has encouraged and supported students in representing the School of Medicine and the University of Dundee at this event since 2014. This years’ conference will again be hosted from the University’s television studios with participants able to attend in-person or online. The format will consist of several topic sessions; presentations within each session will be a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations. All presenters will join either in-person or online at the end of their pre-recorded videos for a live Q+A section.

The following students, studying an Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology, will be presenting their research:

  • Hannah Berry - Investigating the biomechanics of the freestyle stroke in swimming using field-based wearable technology. Project supervised by Dr Andrew J. Murphy (Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation).
  • Lucy Irvine - Comparison of early and late presentation of developmental dysplasia of the hip in NHS Tayside: a review of demographics, treatment, and outcomes. Project supervised Mr Donald Campbell, Mr Jamie Maclean (Honorary Clinical Lecturers/Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons) and Mrs Jenni Dalgleish (Gait Service Physiotherapist).
  • Dominic Lee - Forces through the knee in fencing and the effect of KT-Tape on these forces. Project supervised by Dr Graham Arnold (Motion Analysis Lab Technical Manager) and Mr Sadiq Nasir (Postgraduate Tutor - Specialist).
  • Jeremy Lee - Biomechanical investigation of walking and activities of daily living pre- post- novel approaches to hip replacement surgery. Project supervised by Dr Andrew J. Murphy (Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation).
  • Jack Roberts - Do wrist wraps help whilst performing a standing barbell overhead press? Project supervised by Dr Graham Arnold (Motion Analysis Lab Technical Manager) and Mr Sadiq Nasir (Postgraduate Tutor - Specialist).

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Left to Right: Jack Roberts, Hannah Berry, Jeremy Lee, Dominic Lee

The conference provides a forum for information dissemination on clinical biomechanics and facilitates discussion on research and case studies in this field. The conference will focus on musculoskeletal biomechanics and assistive technology, with a series of sessions broadly covering Footwear biomechanics, Clinical outcomes based on biomechanics, Mobility assistive technology, Rehabilitation, and Congenital musculoskeletal conditions.

The conference will feature keynote speakers outlining the latest developments in the area and highlighting the role of technology in understanding biomechanical principles with a focus on patient diagnosis and management with opportunities for debate and analysis of issues surrounding these topics.

Dr Andrew J. Murphy commented:

“It is a pleasure to once again be working with a select group of UDOTS students in preparation for dissemination of their work at this prestigious conference. The University of Dundee students have always represented us very well in the past and I do not doubt that this year’s presenters will continue that tradition.”

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS, added:

“Congratulations to all five students for being accepted to present your biomechanical research. This is a tremendous opportunity to disseminate your ongoing research at an internationally recognised conference. I’m delighted to say that a total of 38 UDOTS students have now presented at Staffordshire over the past several years, which highlights the excellent standard of research carried out consistently. I’d like to thank the conference organiser, Professor Nachiappan Chockalingam (Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, Staffordshire University), for allowing Abstracts submission each year.

Thanks also to Dr Andrew Murphy, Dr Tim Drew, Dr Graham Arnold, Mr Sadiq Nasir, MS Jenni Dalgleish and Mr Ian Christie for guiding students in the preparation of their oral presentations. I also thank my NHS colleagues Mr Donald Campbell and Mr Jamie MacLean for their support.

I’m positive our students will all represent the School of Medicine with great skill and professionalism, and I very much look forward to watching proceedings remotely and I encourage staff and students to do likewise if possible.”