Dr Sue McGlashan

Sue McGlashan 180x135 Sharon_Owen_fellowship_2014_120x140 Dr Sue McGlashan visiting from the University of Auckland, New Zealand will be hosted by Dr Sharon Owen, Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine ISTM, Keele University.

Dr McGlashan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging and is the Director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Dr McGlashan’s main research interest is in the mechanobiology of connective tissues with special interests in biology of cartilage and the intervertebral disc. The fellowship will build on the ongoing collaboration between Professor Neil Broome’s group at the University of Auckland and Professor Sally Roberts’ research group at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry. Their longer term plan for the collaboration is to understand the role of the primary cilia in the degeneration of the intervertebral disc, since what triggers this is unclear.

During her visit, in December – February 2018, Dr McGlashan and Dr Owen will be working on their project question Primary Cilia – do they play a role in the degeneration of the Intervertebral Disc and Back Pain?  In humans, degeneration of the intervertebral disc occurs very early in life and is associated with one of the world’s most disabling conditions, back pain; this not only impacts on the quality of life of the individual, but has serious financial implications to society through healthcare costs and loss of earnings. The maintenance of the disc tissue is reliant on its resident cells and understanding more about the role of primary cilia in the disc and its degeneration may enable novel treatments to be considered for alleviation of back pain.  The Fellowship will bring together Dr Owen’s expertise in the biology of the intervertebral disc with Dr McGlashan's expert skills in detecting and measuring primary cilia in connective tissues (particularly articular cartilage, which has many similarities to the intervertebral disc) and the exceptional resources available at Oswestry and Keele.

If you would like to know more about Dr Sue McGlashan’s fellowship plans or would like to meet her during her visit December 2017 – February 2018 please contact Jo Flynn