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Orthopaedic Surgeon wins top research prize

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Orthopaedic consultant surgeon Mr Edward Dawe has won a prize for research into the links between obesity and arthritis, using a device called an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.

Mr Dawe was part of a team which found that patients with arthritis experienced less pain when weight on their arthritic foot was reduced, using the air pressure technology of the AlterG treadmill.

“We have an epidemic of obesity and of arthritis, and the study provided some insight into how closely the two are linked,” said Mr Dawe, who carried out the research with colleagues from Winchester, Swindon and Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.

The team were awarded first prize for their podium presentation after three days of presentations at the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Congress in Edinburgh (7-9 November 2018).

Mr Dawe said: “My colleagues and I were delighted to receive the prize and are excited at the potential of our research in helping patients with painful arthritis of the foot or ankle.”

The research team also returned home with £1,500 in prize money.

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