Dr Caroline Stewart

Title: Research Fellow in Bioengineering, ORLAU Manager
Phone: +44 (0)1691 404666
Email: c.stewart@keele.ac.uk
Caroline.Stewart@rjah.nhs.uk
Location: ORLAU at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG United Kingdom
Role: ISTM research theme: Healthcare Technologies
Contacting me: By e-mail please
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Following my PhD in Bioengineering at Strathclyde University on ‘Swing Phase Control in the Trans-Femoral Amputee’, in 1995 I became a Bioengineer at the Orthotic Research & Locomotor Assessment Unit (ORLAU), Movement Analysis Service, based at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry. My role there includes:

  • Development of a musculoskeletal research programme
  • Provision of engineering support for clinical and technical research projects
  • Contribution of engineering expertise to the routine measurement and assessment of patients
  • Design and implementation of quality assurance tests
  • Teaching and training of clinical and technical staff
  • Overall management of ORLAU, including current services and future planning.
Following many years of collaboration between ORLAU and researchers at Keele University I became an Honorary Keele Research Fellow in 2010 and began a secondment to Keele for 1 day per week in 2013, collaborating with Prof Anand Pandyan and his colleagues in ISTM.
ISTM research theme: Healthcare Technologies

My research is based at ORLAU, part of the RJ&AH Hospital in Oswestry, and in laboratories at the School of Health & Rehabilitation on Keele University campus.

My main interests include,

  • Understanding normal and pathological gait patterns
  • The use of orthotic devices during gait and in the treatment of contractures
  • Modelling the human musculoskeletal system
  • The treatment of gait disorders in cerebral palsy and other neurological, neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions

Selected Publications

  • Metcalfe AJ, Stewart CJ, Postans NJ, Biggs PR, Whatling GM, Holt CA, Roberts AP. 2017. Abnormal loading and functional deficits are present in both limbs before and after unilateral knee arthroplasty. Gait Posture, vol. 55, 109-115. link> doi>
  • McFall J, Stewart C, Kidgell V, Postans N, Jarvis S, Freeman R, Roberts A. 2015. Changes in gait which occur before and during the adolescent growth spurt in children treated by selective dorsal rhizotomy. Gait Posture, vol. 42(3), 317-322. link> doi>
  • Claydon LM, Stewart C, Postans N, Durairaj R, Pandyan AD. 2013. Strength training with electrical stimulation- Is this a viable method of preventing muscle atrophy after a moderate to severe stroke?. CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES (vol. 35, p. 201). link>
  • Stewart CJ. 2008. An investigation of the action of the hamstring muscles during standing using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Gait and Posture, vol. 28(3), 372-377. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Stewart CJ. 2008. An investigation of the action of the hamstring muscles during standing using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Gait and Posture, vol. 28(3), 372-377. doi>
  • Metcalfe AJ, Stewart CJ, Postans NJ, Biggs PR, Whatling GM, Holt CA, Roberts AP. 2017. Abnormal loading and functional deficits are present in both limbs before and after unilateral knee arthroplasty. Gait Posture, vol. 55, 109-115. link> doi>
  • McFall J, Stewart C, Kidgell V, Postans N, Jarvis S, Freeman R, Roberts A. 2015. Changes in gait which occur before and during the adolescent growth spurt in children treated by selective dorsal rhizotomy. Gait Posture, vol. 42(3), 317-322. link> doi>

Other

  • Claydon LM, Stewart C, Postans N, Durairaj R, Pandyan AD. 2013. Strength training with electrical stimulation- Is this a viable method of preventing muscle atrophy after a moderate to severe stroke?. CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES (vol. 35, p. 201). link>

Professional and Committee Work

  • Chair of Clinical Movement Analysis Service (CMAS) UK and Ireland 2004 – 2008
  • Chair of CMAS Standards Committee, 2008 – 2013
  • Member of teaching faculty European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) 2001 – 2012
  • Member of Editorial Board of Gait and Posture Journal 2007 – present
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Panel for Action Medical Research charity 2009 – 2013
  • Training Officer for NHS Modernising Scientific Careers Clinical Engineering training scheme 2012- present

Professional Membership

  • Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (80010359) 1999 - present
  • Chartered Engineer 1999 - present
  • State Registered Clinical Scientist (CSO2158) 1999 - present
  • Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine 2013 – present
  • Chartered Scientist 2013 - present