Team Meeting

The GREAT Team

Glasgow Caledonian University Researchers in Musculoskeletal Health, Professor Martijn Steultjens and Dr Gordon Hendry are working with partners at Keele University, King's College London, the University of Salford and the University of Glasgow.

The team is supported by Professor Jim Woodburn (Professor of Rehabilitation) at GCU, along with Professor Nadine Foster (NIHR Research Professor) at Keele University, Professor Cath Sackley (Professor of Rehabilitation) at King’s College London, Dr Anita Williams (Reader in Qualitative Health Science) at the University of Salford and Professor Iain McInnes (Professor of Experimental Medicine, Director of Research Institute) at the University of Glasgow.

Chief Investigator:  

Professor Martijn Steultjens (GCU)

Martijn Steultjens studied health sciences, specialising in human movement science, at Maastricht University, Netherlands and was awarded a PhD by VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands for his research on pain and disability in knee and hip osteoarthritis. He has held research positions at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) in Utrecht and at VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, before moving to Glasgow Caledonian University, UK in 2010 to take up the position of Professor of Musculoskeletal Health, which he currently holds. His research has focused on the biomechanics and epidemiology of chronic musculoskeletal disease, including measurement development; identification of underlying disease mechanisms; assessment of risk factors for development and progression of disease; evidence synthesis; and treatment development and evaluation through randomized controlled trials, among others. He is widely published and holds a number of research grants in these fields, including the NIHR-HTA grant for the GREAT trial.​

Principal Investigator: 

Dr Gordon Hendry (GCU)

Gordon Hendry is a podiatrist and a senior research fellow with the musculoskeletal health research group at Glasgow Caledonian University. Gordon was awarded his PhD by GCU for his work on multidisciplinary foot care in juvenile idiopathic arthritis prior working as a lecturer in podiatry at the University of Western Sydney. Gordon’s research interests include human movement analysis, development and evaluation of non-pharmacological complex interventions for foot and lower limb problems associated with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, and patient and public involvement in research. He has been a co-investigator on several multi-centre trials and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and the Research and Development Committee of the College of Podiatry.

                                        Dr Lindsay Bearne , Kings College London

                                        Lindsay Bearne is a physiotherapist and mixed methods rehabilitation researcher at Kings College London. Her 

                                        research interests include the sensorimotor consequences and rehabilitation of long term musculoskeletal disorders

                                        and, in particular, the role of exercise and physical activity in the management of inflammatory arthritis. Her current

                                        projects combine exercise rehabilitation with psychologically underpinned behaviour change strategies to enhance

                                        adherence to treatment to improve health and quality of life.  Lindsay is a member of a number of funding awarding

                                        bodies and journal editorial boards. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, teaches undergraduate and

                                        postgraduate students,  supervises PhD students and is a research mentor for allied health professions nationally and


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Professor Nadine Foster, Keele University

Nadine is an NIHR Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care at Keele University and the Director of Keele Clinical Trials Unit. She leads the Musculoskeletal Health and Pain research programme within the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. Her research focuses on the commonest musculoskeletal pain conditions, including low back pain and arthritis and whilst her research programme utilises many research methods she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and services for patients with musculoskeletal pain. She has led or collaborated on more than 16 randomised trials, with funding support from Arthritis Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She leads an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on stratified primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (STarT MSK) and an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) funded trial testing stratified care for patients consulting in primary care with sciatica (SCOPiC). Nadine is the lead NIHR training advocate for physiotherapy and President of the Society of Back Pain Research. She chairs the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding panel in the West Midlands, and has previously served on HTA funding committees and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Clinical Studies Group. She has over 150 peer reviewed publications, supervised 12 PhD students and contributed to over £30 million in research funding.

Dr Emma Godfrey, Kings College London

Emma Godfrey is a senior lecturer at King’s College London working in the Psychology and Physiotherapy Departments and a HCPC registered Health Psychologist. Emma is an experienced researcher and practitioner who specialises in the development and evaluation of novel psychologically informed interventions to manage long-term conditions, such as chronic low back pain. She is particularly interested in training health care professionals in behaviour change techniques and building the research base for interventions designed to enhance adherence to exercise delivered by the multidisciplinary team. Emma teaches undergraduate and postgraduate medical, physiotherapy and psychology students and supervises PhD students in several disciplines. She has published widely, holds a number of research grants and is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Sam Hider, Keele University

Dr Hider came to Keele in 2007 as an NIHR Walport Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology. Following her undergraduate medical training in Nottingham (1996) she undertook clinical postgraduate training in Manchester with an MSc Clinical Rheumatology (awarded with distinction, 2003) and a Ph.D. (2007) examining clinical and genetic predictors of response to methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis. She was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist and clinical lecturer in 2009 (promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012, and Reader in 2017) as is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. 

Dr Hider is the Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Applied Sciences) and co-Lead for the INSPIRE research programme (supported by Academy of Medical Sciences and Wellcome Trust).

Professor Helen Mason, Glasgow Caledonian University

Helen Mason is a Professor of Health Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Helen’s main research interest is in the development and use of methodologies to measure the benefits of health care. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD from Newcastle University in which she developed methods to estimate the monetary value of QALYs. Helen is a Co-Investigator on several NIHR funded multicentre clinical trials in a range of disease areas. 

Dr Alex McConnachie, University of Glasgow

Dr Alex McConnachie is the Assistant Director of Biostatistics at the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow, part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration registered Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit. He has over 20 years’ experience of the design, analysis and reporting of randomised trials and observational studies in healthcare. He manages a team of 10 statisticians within the Centre, and is currently involved with projects in many clinical areas, including child development, mental health, learning disabilities, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatology, obesity, and exercise interventions.

Professor Iain McInnes, University of Glasgow

Iain McInnes is Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. He has extensive experience in leading multicentre programmes nationally and internationally.
Professor McInnes is also Director of the Scottish Medical Research Council Clinical Pharmacology and Pathology PhD Training Programme, Chief Investigator for the ‘Enabling Stratified Medicine in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis – predicting methotrexate response and toxicity using an integrated polyomic approach Scottish Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Cohort’ (PROMISERA) and the related Scottish Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre biomarker discovery program, and Chief Investigator of numerous global phase II and III clinical trials of novel immune therapies.
He has served as a member or chair of numerous national grant-funding panels and as chair of several European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) scientific committees. Professor McInnes is currently Treasurer and President of the EULAR, and serves on its steering committee. He was formerly Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Research in Rheumatology (FOREUM), and leads the EULAR-supported European RheumaMap Programme which is defining the research agenda for rheumatology for the next decade.

Dr Marike van der Leeden, VU University Amsterdam

Marike van der Leeden studied physiotherapy and human movement sciences. In 2009 she received her PhD for her thesis ‘Foot impairments and related disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis’. Marike is involved in research concerning rehabilitation in musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic widespread pain), oncological and surgical patients. She is currently appointed as a senior researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Centre and Reade|Rehabilitation and Rheumatology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dr Anita Williams, University of Salford

Dr Anita Williams moved from a senior clinical role as a podiatrist to academia and has since achieved national and international recognition for research which focuses on foot health and people’s experiences of foot health interventions including footwear.  Anita’s research is underpinned by its translation into practice and patient care. This has been achieved through contributions to key practice guidelines, and through professional and patient organisation publications.
Anita has published in over 50 peer reviewed journal publications, authored books and has been an invited speaker at more than 40 conferences. All these activities have contributed to increasing the body of knowledge within podiatry and other health professions, industry and within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.  In recognition of her contribution to research, education & practice, she was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Podiatry and the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College Surgeons and Physicians (Glas).

Professor James Woodburn, Glasgow Caledonian University

Professor Jim Woodburn was trained in podiatry, biomechanics and arthritis in Edinburgh, Leeds and the National Institutes of Health and University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He is a clinician scientist with a major interest in the biomechanics, podiatry and the management of inflammatory and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limb and foot and ankle. He has expertise in the biomechanics and orthotic treatment of diabetic foot disease. He was appointed Professor of Rehabilitation at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 and operates an interdisciplinary research group including allied health professionals, biomedical engineers, and health services researchers. He is a past recipient of MRC Clinical Training and Clinician Scientist Fellowships and has held a number of Arthritis Research UK fellowship and project grant awards. Jim has led on a number of award winning EU projects and innovative training networks in arthritis and orthotics. His work in the AFOOTPRINT pioneered the development of additive manufacturing (3D printing for custom orthoses and led to the development of the Glasgow-Maastricht Foot Model – the most advanced musculoskeletal computational model of the foot in existence. He was the founding member of the UK Podiatry Rheumatic Care Association and past-president of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology. Professor Woodburn was the 2009 British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Droitwich Lecturer in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rheumatology and health professional working. He was published over 150 papers.

Miss Lisa Jolly, Project Manager

I have more than 10 years experience in clinical trials. I started in the laboratory, processing study samples and moved into writing laboratory manuals and overseeing the running of trials at the Respiratory Research Facility at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow before I became a Project Manager for the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit.

It’s my job to support the Chief Investigator and core study team by ensuring the trial has all the necessary approvals and documents. I also ensure the study runs according to the sponsor requirements and engaging with the participating site teams to aid site set up, maintenance and close out. I to look forward to working with my GREAT (every pun intended!) colleagues for the next few years.

When I’m not managing trials, I volunteer in my local community to help run a Brownie group with a very enthusiastic team of leaders and girls.I also enjoy crafting having recently learnt how to knit and sew using a sewing machine.

Miss Aimie Patience, Research Associate, GCU

Aimie studied podiatry at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh before working as a Research Associate at the University of Leeds and Glasgow Caledonian University. She completed the prestigious Arthritis Research UK internship scheme for allied health professionals and has since gained clinical and academic experience working in rheumatology and musculoskeletal health.

Dr Mandeep Sekhon, Research Associate, KCL

Prof Cath Sackley (KCL)

Trial Administrator: Ms Linda Macdonald