Optimising the management of musculoskeletal foot disorders in older people

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Posted on 31 October 2017

Professor Hylton Menz, a Visiting Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University (Australia), has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The fellowship will build a program of research which aims to improve health outcomes for older people with musculoskeletal foot disorders.

At least one in four Australians aged 65 and over will have foot pain, which leads to difficulty in walking, loss of independence and quality of life. This prestigious fellowship will allow Professor Menz to vastly expand the understanding of the natural history of foot disorders, applying state-of-the-art techniques to develop new interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions through several world-first trials. 

The NHMRC is the peak funding body for medical research in Australia and fellowships are highly competitive, with only 23 clinical senior fellowships awarded in 2017. 

Professor Menz's research has a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people and his research extends from laboratory-based biomechanical studies, through to the analysis of epidemiological datasets and the conduct of clinical trials. He has published over 130 papers in podiatry, gernotology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. His most recent research focuses on the management of foot disorders in older people, with a particular emphasis on osteoarthritis. This fellowship will allow him to build on his program of research with the aim to improve the quality of life in older people by enhancing the management of foot disorders. 

Professor Menz commented "my collaboration with Keele University's Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences formed a key component of my application, and this award will enable me to continue my work on epidemiology and clinical trial projects at the Research Institute."