Who's Who

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Dr Heidi Fuller - Research Associate  

Dr Heidi Fuller is a Research Associate within ISTM at Keele University and a part-time Teaching Fellow in Postgraduate Medicine at Keele. She received her first degree in Biomolecular Science at the University of Wales, Bangor, and during her second year was awarded a North West Wales NHS-funded research scholarship. She then undertook an EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship at the North East Wales Institute in Wrexham. Eager to remain close to the North Wales hills, Dr Fuller moved to RJAH in 2004, where she undertakes research as part of the Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease team.

At the Institute, Dr Fuller uses cutting-edge tools to study neuromuscular disease, with a special interest in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). In collaboration with clinicians and researcher teams around the world, she aims to understand disease mechanisms and to identify novel proteins and pathways that may be modulated by drug treatment. During her time at the Institute, she has authored an impressive list of publications, several of which have attracted press coverage by organisations including the BBC news website, Daily Express and other regional newspapers, and also a radio interview on BBC Shropshire.

"Heidi’s interests include international culture, cuisine and music; especially aspects related to tribal groups and ethnic minority people. In her spare time she enjoys travelling off the beaten track and walking in the Welsh hills with her “40mph couch potatoes” (AKA rescued greyhounds)."


Mr Pete Gallacher – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

I undertook my undergraduate medical training at Dundee University and my basic surgical training on the Mersey rotation in Liverpool. I then underwent my specialist orthopaedic training on the highly regarded Oswestry training programme during which I developed a sub specialist interest in surgery around the knee. I was fortunate enough to train under Dai Rees and the sports injuries team in Oswestry in addition to the knee specialists in both Stoke on Trent and Oswestry. Throughout my training I published papers on general orthopaedics and on specialist knee topics.

I underwent fellowship knee training in Sheffield England and undertook a travelling fellowship supported by the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) in Europe visiting centres of excellence in knee surgery. I now hold a Consultant appointment as a Knee and Sports Knee Specialist at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as part of the sports injuries team.

My areas of specialist expertise cover acute knee injuries, knee arthroscopy and soft tissue knee surgery, sports injuries, running injuries and surgery for the arthritic knee. Dealing with problems following sports injuries including ACL reconstruction and meniscal (cartilage) tears, cartilage repair, patellofemoral disorders and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis with joint preserving surgery, partial knee replacement and total knee replacement.

I have an ongoing involvement in the Specialist orthopaedic training programme, with involvement in clinical supervision of trainees and teaching on advanced orthopaedic courses.

I am a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, the British  Association for Surgery of the Knee, The European Society for Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy The International Cartilage Repair Society and the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association.

I am currently involved in research projects looking at cell therapy for cartilage lesions (ASCOT trial), rehabilitation following microfracture surgery and knee biomechanics following ACL reconstruction.

Outside of work I like to get out and about and stay active, enjoying the Shropshire lifestyle and countryside with my young family. My hobbies include football, cycling, running, swimming and getting out and about on the lanes in my Landrover with my son as co-pilot. I am a big sports fan and enjoy rugby, motor-sports and football especially my home town team of Glasgow Celtic.


Dr Ian Holt - Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease

My association with RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital first began in 1991 when I was employed for an enjoyable few years at the Charles Salt Centre to research bone loss associated with metabolic bone diseases guided by my PhD supervisor, Dr Michael Marshall and the Director of the Centre, Dr Michael Davie. I was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester in 1996 for my work at that time.

In 2004, I returned to RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital when Prof Glenn Morris moved his group from the North East Wales Institute in Wrexham to create the new Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease (CIND). Since 1999, when I first joined Prof Morris’ Biochemistry group, I have worked on projects which include research into myotonic dystrophy and the skeletal muscle and heart involvement in Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. This move increased my knowledge and range of techniques, particularly in molecular genetics and monoclonal antibody production. I am grateful to the Institute of Orthopaedics for their support at various stages over the years.

The main disease focus of the Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease is muscular dystrophies. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that can be designed to bind specifically to a pre-determined target protein and are widely used in a number of diagnostic techniques. We use the monoclonal antibodies ourselves and in collaboration with others for basic research and they are also used in diagnosis and in monitoring therapeutic outcomes in clinical trials of new drugs.


Mr Cormac Kelly - Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon

Cormac Kelly is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon working at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire . He studied in Ireland and the UK and was appointed Consultant in Oswestry and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 1995.  His interested include upper limb surgery and he has published on a wide variety of topics in Hand surgery and Shoulder surgery.   He is a member and former  secretary of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society from 2003 to 2006 . He  is also a member of the British Orthopaedic Association and  the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.

He is Consultant Lead for clinical audit and has championed the cause  of  Quality Improvement through Clinical audit since 2002.  He Co-chairs the local Clinical audit committee and formed the International Orthopaedic Clinical Audit Network (OICAN) in 2009 to share good practice in this speciality.

Outside work Cormac enjoys golf and tennis and swimming(between injuries). He is a Yoga/Pilates  enthusiast.


Mr Nigel Kiely – Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Nigel Kiely graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1991. After house jobs in Nottingham, he worked in Leeds then Manchester. He undertook Orthopaedic training in Manchester and the North West, finishing with a fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. During this time, he gained a higher Degree in Orthopaedic Engineering from the University of Cardiff.

Nigel commenced his Consultant Post at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in January 2004.

He has a Children’s and Adult Orthopaedic practice and undertakes surgery at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.


Dr Oksana Kehoe - Rheumatology Research laboratory

Oksana Kehoe is a Lecturer in Biosciences & Head of Rheumatology Research laboratory at Keele University School of Medicine and ISTM at RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry.

Oksana received her M.Sc in Immunology and PhD in Biochemistry  from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine and joined Keele University in 2006.  She was working under Professor Jim Middleton’s supervision until he moved to the University of Bristol in 2010.

Oksana’s research interests at RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital evolved into therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells in rheumatoid arthritis and role of syndecan-3 in inflammation. Dr Kehoe was funded by the Orthopaedic Institute.  Oksana is a tutor for Problem-Based Learning, Professional Development (PDT) at Keele University School of Medicine, providing academic and pastoral support to students in preclinical years.


Dr Jan Herman Kuiper  - Head of Research

Dr Jan-Herman Kuiper is based at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. He was also appointed as a Lecturer in Biomechanics at Keele in 2001.  His research training at MSc and PhD level was at the University of Twente and the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

He has extensive experience in the use of Finite Element-based computer models for design optimization, modelling of hydrated tissues and bone, and biological processes such as adaptive bone remodelling and fracture repair

Findings from these studies have aided his clinical collaborators to develop his treatment regime for bone fractures, in particular non-uniting fractures.


Professor Glenn Morris – Professor of Biochemistry

Prof. Morris is a professor of biochemistry at Keele University. He received a B.A. from Cambridge, a D. Phil. from Sussex and a Beit Memorial Fellowship for postdoctoral research at the Universities of Sussex and Connecticut. He has received research grant support from MRC, SERC, NIH and a number of UK, European and US medical charities, including the British Heart Foundation. He joined with the Neuromuscular Team at Oswestry in 2004 to create the Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease (CIND) and contributed to the design of, and fundraising for, the new TORCH Building, opened in 2007.

At the Institute, Prof. Morris is Research Director for CIND and collaborates closely with Prof. Caroline Sewry, muscle pathologist in the team, and Dr Tracey Willis, the clinical lead. Current research is centred on finding treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, congenital and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies, Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, inherited cardiomyopathies, myotonic dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. His team produce novel monoclonal antibodies as reagents for diagnosis and monitoring of clinical trials of new drugs for these inherited disorders. More recently, they have used proteomic methods (mass spectrometry) to identify new targets for drug development. They also run the international Monoclonal Antibody Resource, funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA).


Mr Nilesh Makwana - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Nilesh Makwana from Birmingham, qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989.  He completed his specialist registrar training in the Trent region and was appointed Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Shropshire and the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (Wrexham Maelor Hospital) in 2001.

He is a Specialist Foot and Ankle Surgeon treating all conditions of the adult foot and ankle.  His area of expertise include forefoot surgery, mid and hindfoot reconstruction and arthroscopy. He has developed a specialist interest in Autologous Chondrocyte transplantation in the ankle.

With the OsCell unit he has undertaken, with his colleagues, the largest number of procedures in the ankle. He is actively involved in research and training.  The Oswestry Foot and Ankle course is now an established international course in its 14th Year. He is Regional Specialty Advisor for the Royal College of England and has been the associate lead for orthopaedics in Wrexham .  He is a member of the BOA, and BOFAS.  He was on the Education Committee for the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.  He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and Honorary Clinical lecturer for the University of Wales, Cardiff.


The Late Professor James Richardson - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon/Professor of Orthopaedics

James Richardson was a Professor of Orthopaedics at Keele University.  He received his MD from Aberdeen university and studied in several Centres across the UK before reaching Oswestry.  His studies began with the biomechanics of fracture healing but even then he studied cells in culture.  His focus more recently was on on the repair of cartilage, in particular with the use of cartilage cells cultured from the patient to be treated. He used the novel Vitamin E loaded polythene ‘ Vitamys’ implant for hip replacement.

At the Oswestry Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust James Richardson was responsible for the co-ordinating diagnosis, treatment and research of patients with cartilage defects.  He was the Clinical Director of Oscell, an MHRA approved cell production facility operating at the NHS trust.  As Director of the Institute of Orthopaedics he had a role in enabling courses run by the Institute and a series of books published to provide education in orthopaedics.

Different clinical trials are run with the intention of developing and testing cell therapies in orthopaedics.  He was Principal investigator on two MRC grants (ACTIVE and ASCOT) and a Co-Investigator for the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre Grant.”


Mr Simon Roberts - Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon    

I was brought up in Manchester and my sports background is in rugby (union & league – Cambridge & Oxford University “Blues” & England Students) & waterskiing (European Junior champion) before retiring after shoulder and ankle injuries.  My general orthopaedic training was in the West Midlands followed by a year in Australia, in the largest sports medicine practice in the Southern Hemisphere & travelling fellowships in the USA & Europe.

My wife is a General Practitioner and we have two sons.

I was appointed an NHS Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry at the end of 1998.  Oswestry is now a centre of excellence for all kinds of orthopaedic surgery, combining a strong tradition with cutting edge technology. Our theatres are second to none & this, combined being a standalone specialist unit, allows an extremely low infection rate, especially for MRSA.  I am based in Oswestry with NHS work also in Mold and private work in Oswestry & Wrexham.

My own publications include original research, book chapters, presentations and lectures to regional, national and international organisations.

My practice is entirely sports injuries and trauma, but this includes caring for the musculoskeletal problems of active people of all ages. I do not do any joint replacements at all so that I can specialise and improve the treatments which I can offer. The majority of my work is minimally invasive surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle for problems of joint instability, ligament and cartilage problems and joint surface defects. The common condition treated in the knee are cartilage (meniscus) tears and ligament injuries, especially anterior cruciate (ACL), in the shoulder, dislocations and subluxations of the shoulder and acromioclavicular (ACJ) joint as well as pain in the throwing athlete. In the ankle, as well as tendonitis, arthroscopy is useful for sprains and ligament tears, loose bodies and footballers’ “spurs”.  I train junior doctors in the examination, assessment and management of these conditions.


Dr Caroline Stewart 

Caroline Stewart studied mechanical engineering at UMIST, before going on to postgraduate studies in bioengineering at Strathclyde University.  Her PhD was an analysis of gait in above knee amputees and fuelled an interest in biomechanics and gait analysis.   Caroline joined the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital as a clinical engineer in 1995.

Caroline now combines her clinical scientist role with managing ORLAU, a hospital department specialising in rehabilitation engineering and movement analysis.  She is also involved in the national training scheme for clinical scientists and is an active member of CMAS and ESMAC, the national and European societies for movement analysis.  In September 2013 Caroline took on a part time role, working one day a week for Keele University as a research fellow.  Her research interests include biomechanics, human gait, computer modelling, rehabilitation technology and cerebral palsy.  She is a member of the Institute Research Panel.

In her spare time Caroline likes to be outdoors.  She enjoys getting involved with excavations and survey work on local archaeology projects and is a keen wild swimmer.


Dr Sarah Turner - Research Project Manager

Sarah is a local girl, growing up a few miles away in Wem, just north of Shrewsbury.  She undertook her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Cardiff University, graduating in the summer of 2009.  In late 2009 she started work at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, as a Keele University PhD student, in the Spinal Studies department with Professor Sally Roberts, studying cells of the lumbar intervertebral disc.  This project focussed on the clusters of cells seen in the human intervertebral disc with degeneration, particularly comparing them to the populations of cells that exist singly.  She aimed to assess whether either of these cell populations would be more suitable for use as a cell therapy in the clinic, by comparing their growth and possible stem cell characteristics.  She obtained her PhD in the summer of 2013, reaching the conclusion that the clustered cells of the intervertebral disc are not significantly different to the single cells found in the degenerate intervertebral disc.

From 2013 to early 2015 she was employed as a post-doctoral research associate in Spinal Studies, continuing her study of back pain, which is commonly linked to degeneration of the disc.  As it degenerates, it loses water and structure and can no longer sustain the loading it once could resulting in pain and disability.  One method of treatment for this is via surgically fusing two bony vertebrae together into one piece of bone.  Sarah was investigating whether the intervertebral disc could be encouraged, via something injected into it, to turn to bone itself and therefore achieve fusion simply; this could mean a fusion may result following an injection in an out-patient appointment, rather than undergoing spinal surgery.

Currently, Sarah is employed by the RJAH trust as a Research Project Manager in the R&D department.  Her role is to coordinate clinical trials and research projects within the hospital, both home-grown projects funded by the Institute of Orthopaedics and external academic or commercial studies.   This has given her the opportunity to see the other end of the research spectrum from her origins in the lab, now the research involves the treatment of patients.

Sarah’s PhD studies and post-doctoral work were all been funded through the Institute of Orthopaedics. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys socialising with friends and going to the gym away from work, and never misses an episode of Downton Abbey!