Ankle ligament injuries are one of the most common musculoskeletal problems worldwide. Injury rates increase in younger populations and those engaging in sporting or military professions. While minor ankle sprains can be treated conservatively, there are high rates of re-injury and almost half of patients will complain of pain on ankle examination years later, highlighting that ankle ligament repair is poor. Notably, the enthesis, the hard-soft tissue connection, is postulated to account for some instances of ligament pain following injury.
This project is focussed on using anatomical morphometrics to design and develop tissue-engineered models for improving ankle repair strategies. It builds upon previous work in the host laboratory which examines the anatomical features of the enthesis in other anatomical areas  and the modification of existing tissue-engineered models [2,3].
This is an exciting multi-disciplinary project co-supervised by Professor Hamish Simpson, Edinburgh Orthopaedics. The project will include the following techniques;
- Anatomical dissection
- Macro and micro anatomical morphometric analysis
- Tissue engineering (scaffold-based)
- 3D printing
- 2D and 3D cell culture
Applicants with an anatomical background and experience of dissection are strongly encouraged to apply.
To formally apply for this project, please send a full CV, cover letter and 2 references to [Email Address Removed]. Note that referees can send references directly if they prefer.