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Biomechanical risk factors in ulcerated and non-ulcerated high risk patients with diabetes

  • Full or part time
    Prof J Woodburn
    Dr J Hurst
    Dr D Wilson
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Project reference number: SHLS19017

The Scottish Diabetes Group Risk Stratification (or traffic light) system can classify patients at high risk even without ulcer history. We have preliminary data that indicates that the non-ulcerated high risk patients have different biomechanical profiles than those who have active or recurrent ulceration. We want to explore these biomechanical profiles in greater detail to confirm and extend our understanding of this observation. The study will employ gait analysis techniques, medical imaging and physical activity profiling where relevant. We can extend observations to those high-risk patients at the point where their foot ulcer is healed to describe and quantify important biomechanical factors at this critical care period. This research is important as it will provide a greater understanding of potentially modifiable risk factors and open new opportunities for disease stratification and targeted intervention development, principally around the concept of off-loading.


This PhD will aim to investigate biomechanical risk factors in high risk patients as determined Scottish Diabetes Group foot risk stratification system in those with and without ulceration and through the inter-critical period between recurrent ulceration.


The successful applicant will be a qualified and HCPC registered Allied Health Professional, preferably a Podiatrist, holding the minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above). Previous experience of working in diabetic foot clinic services, undertaking quantitative research methodology and a strong interest in human movement science, are desirable.

Research Strategy and Research Profile

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. This project is part of the research activity of the Musculoskeletal Health Research Group –

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 year full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019
For information on how to apply and the online application form please go to
Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

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