Research

Sports and Exercise Medicine

Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) has been taught at Queen Mary for many years, with the post-graduate MSc programme being the oldest in Europe, and possibly the world. Graduates go on to include SEM in their clinical practise as a sub-speciality, for example in general practise, orthopaedics, rheumatology or emergency medicine, or more directly via specialist training in SEM. SEM was finally recognised as a speciality in the run-up to the London 2012 games, with many SEM graduates from QMUL playing critical roles in the games and now the legacy delivery.

Staff

Meet the team

The Centre is renowned in the UK for its academic strength and excellence. Lectures are delivered by national experts; from cutting edge scientists to physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals working with world-class athletes.

Professor Nick Goulding – Nick is Academic Lead for Sports and Exercise Medicine.  He is Professor of Pharmacology and Medical Education and has responsibility for all the undergraduate and postgraduate activities of the William Harvey Research Institute.  His main research interest is in the mechanism of action and uses and abuses of corticosteroid drugs.

Dr Dylan Morrissey - My overarching career objective as a clinical academic is to combine the best of educational, clinical and research practice in order to develop and deliver high-quality evidence based physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Over a twenty year period, my activity in these three areas has progressed and I now hold a professionally unique appointment as a Consultant Physiotherapist in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy combined with a Clinical Readership in Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM). I have recently started a 5 year NIHR/HEE fellowship with clinical trials as a primary focus. My key research theme is the link between movement and pathology, whether that link serves as a diagnostic tool, treatment modality or outcome measure. I have a particular interest in tendinopathy. To that end, I am a clinical consultant in a department with 2000+ musculoskeletal referrals per month, co-manage a Human Performance Laboratory and give clinical leadership to the MSc and intercalated BSc in SEM. Over the last few years the balance of my work has become more academic, with a corresponding acceleration in grant acquisition and paper publication. My medium term goal is to make best use of developing skills and collaborations that underpin the £4.5m pounds of research and development funding so far secured. A long term goal is to deliver step changes in the understanding and management of common musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery - is the joint MSc/PGDip co-ordinator in Sports and Exercise Medicine (alongside Simon Lack). Her research interests include understanding how organisms move in non-level environments to determine the neuromechanics and control targets of movement. It is in high-performance tasks (such as sports) that musculoskeletal limits will be reached, providing insight into the neuromechanical demands on the body. Aleksandra was awarded her PhD in Biomechanics from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. Since 2012, Aleksandra has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in research groups in California, USA and Cambridge, UK. She has extensive experience in a broad range of techniques including motion capture, force plates and data analysis.

Dr Simon Lack is the joint MSc co-ordinator for the Sports and Exercise Medicine masters programme and a Teaching Fellow within the WHRI. He is completing his PhD investigating the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the presentation and management of patellofemoral pain. He graduated from Brunel University in 2005 with a first class degree in physiotherapy, and went on to study the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at QMUL in 2010. Simon is the Head of Research and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist for the Scholarship Athletic Programme at the University of East London. Previous experience includes junior and senior roles within the NHS, working in New Zealand with professional golfers, local rugby and football teams, and working for both large and small London-based private practices.

Dr Richard Twycross-Lewis (PG Cert Lead) - Dr Richard Twycross-Lewis’s research interests encompass a multi-scale approach to biomechanics from whole body level musculoskeletal mechanics including gait & movement specific analysis and electromyography signaling with respect to specific injuries; to tissue level engineering which encompasses mechanical load imposed by fluid flow on within inter-compartmental spaces and on specific cell types.  He is the interim Course Lead for the iBSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine and was previously the day-to-day manager of the Human Performance Laboratory.  Additionally, he is a School Associate of the School of Engineering and Materials Science within Queen Mary University of London. Dr Twycross-Lewis has a growing output of published work in a variety of clinical biomechanics associated fields, specifically on 3-dimentional motion analysis and electromyography.   Outside of academia, Dr Twycross-Lewis is a competitive powerlifter.  He has won 10 British titles in the Bench Press and has represented Great Britain 15 times internationally, at both European and World Championship competitions.

Dr Manuela Angioi - She leads the intercalated iBSc in sports and exercise medicine and the MSc modules relating to research methods and dance medicine.  Manuela has worked extensively with professional dancers investigating the effects of increased physical fitness levels on performance and injury status. Other research interests include health and fitness for clinical purposes and exercise physiology. Manuela has published research findings in many relevant scientific journals, as well as presenting at numerous international conferences. She acts as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and she sits in the research committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.  

Dr Saira Chaudhry - was awarded her PhD in Medical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London in 2013, where she carried out the biomechanical characterisation of different types of in vivo tendon loading exercises in order to understand Achilles tendinopathy management. She also has an MSc (first class) in Biomedical Engineering from QMUL and a BSc (first class, Hons) in Electronics Engineering. Her research focuses on investigating and developing techniques to understand the multi-scale mechanics and structure of connective tissues particularly tendons from in vivo human models to in vitro models. Further interests involve musculoskeletal biomechanics and tissue function-structure relationship. She is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Centre for Sports & Exercise Medicine and contributing as a module lead in Literature review. She has an extensive research experience in sEMG, motion capture and ultrasound. Saira has 7 years of teaching experience and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a member of International Society of Biomechanics and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Mr Trevor Prior - qualified in 1983 and, since that time has worked in both the private and public sectors. He obtained a teaching qualification in 1985 before obtaining a post graduate degree in Podiatry in 1989. He obtained his fellowship in Podiatric Surgery in 1993 and in 1994 he established the Podiatric Surgery service in City & Hackney, where he is currently a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Homerton University Hospital. He works in private practice and is Director of Premier Podiatry Limited and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. His particular areas of interest are foot surgery (including minimal incision techniques), sports injuries, biomechanics / gait analysis, orthoses and diabetic foot complications, lecturing both nationally and internationally. He has worked extensively with elite and professional sportsmen and women in a wide range of disciplines, including football, rugby, cricket, athletics, hockey, badminton. He is a director of P2L, a company specialising in bespoke performance footwear and Run3D, a company providing advanced 3D gait analysis. He was an elected member of the council of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists and past Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery. He is the UK representative on the Vasyli Think Tank, involved in the development of Orthoses and is a reviewer for Gait & Posture, The Foot, The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and Physical Therapy in Sport.

Dr Ritan Mehta (MBBS BSc MRCGP MSc SEM Dip SEM (UK&I) PgC TTT, FFSEM (UK)): Dr Ritan Mehta is currently the FA Medical Officer for England Women's Football and Team Doctor to the Senior England Women's football team. He was Head of the medical team that supported England at the recent Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, where the team recorded the highest finish by any England football team for over 49 years by winning a Bronze Medal. He has previously worked with a variety of teams within the FA and was the lead medical officer for England at the FIFA U20 Men's World Cup 2011 in Colombia. Ritan initially trained as a General Practitioner and pursued his interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine by completing an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at QMUL in 2009, passing with distinction and awarded the DJO John King Prize for his research on 'Post-exercise cardiac troponin release is related to exercise training history'. He has now returned to QMUL as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in SEM after undertaking higher specialist training in SEM in London. Ritan leads on the Medical Problems in Sport module and co-leads on the Sport Injury Assessment 1 module for the MSc. He is also the current FSEM council representative for New SEM Consultants. Ritan has worked in a variety of sports throughout his career including athletics, rugby and gymnastics. He was honoured to have worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in athletics at the Olympic stadium. His main area of interest is football medicine. He is currently the team doctor at Watford Football Club who gained promotion to the Premier League in 2015. He has lectured on football medicine at both national and international conferences.

Dr Nikolaos (Nikos) Maliaropoulos Dr Nikos Malliaropoulos is a Consultant (Hon) Physician in Sport & Exercise Medicine at BMI the London Independent Hospital and Bart's and The London, Mile End Hospital. Senior Lecturer (Hon) at Queen Mary University of London (Centre of Sports and Exercise Medicine). Since 1986, he has held the position of Director of the Sports Injuries Clinic of Track and Field Hellenic Association in Thessaloniki and was Chief Medical Officer of the Hellenic Olympic Team XXVIII (Athens 2004). Dr Nikos is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine UK (FSEM), Member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and Founding Member of the European College of Sports and Exercise Medicine (ECOSEP)Dr Nikos was a Balkan Judo Champion, 5th Dan, and British Judo Coach UKCC Level 2.

Sue Tracey  - Centre Administrator (Monday - Wednesday). 

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Research

The William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London is one of the largest multidisciplinary pharmacological institutes in Europe that was founded in 1986 by the pharmacologist Sir John Vane FRS, Nobel Laureate, for his work on inflammation and vascular pharmacology. Today the Institute has three key themes of cardiovascular, inflammation and endocrine research and has grown to 350 in number, drawing from over 45 Nations.

We host 9 British Heart Foundation/Wellcome/MRC Programmes Awards, 2 European Union Framework (EU) 7 Programmes (11m Euros). Importantly, we place a major emphasis on training the next top class cadre of basic and clinical scientists and through the award of prestigious PhD/ Masters programmes from the British Heart Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation Oliver Bird scheme, an MRC in vivo programme and an EU Marie Curie Cofund scheme (6.5m Euros) we have created the WHRI Translational Academy for Therapeutic Innovation to educate and train the researchers of the future.

Our commitment to translation of bench findings to the clinic is reflected by our successes in hosting two consecutive awards for a National Institute for Health Research Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (£12m), an Arthritis Research UK Early Arthritis Treatment Centre, an MRC Centre in Electronic Health based around innovative trial designs with remote follow-up, alongside opening a £25m new Heart Centre. A reflection of our success in translation is exemplified by our critical role in launching the new NICE guidelines for pharmacotherapy in Hypertension and implementing our research in renal denervation for resistant hypertension within the NHS. This is set alongside an active public engagement programme ranging from organising the Queen Mary Science Festival and exhibiting at the Royal Society Summer School aimed at enthusing the next generation of therapeutic innovators.

Research themes

Our main areas of research are aligned and integrated with the main themes pursued across Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry. These include:

  • Genomics & Stratified Medicine
  • Experimental Medicine & Pharmacology
  • Translational Pharmacology & Therapeutic Innovation 

Research Centres

Fundraising 

The William Harvey Research Foundation is a charity promoting and supporting fundamental research into cardiovascular and inflammatory disease, leading to new understanding of the human body, which advances the discovery of new medicines.

This pioneering work is pursued by world-leading scientists at the William Harvey Research Institute. The Foundation seeks to strengthen these efforts to develop innovative treatments by supporting essential research, with new funds for project grants, PhD studentships and academic chairs in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Find out more about the William Harvey Research Foundation