Physio awarded £243,000 for spinal stenosis research

A Leeds physiotherapist will use a £243,637 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) award for research into improving community-based rehabilitation and care pathways for spinal stenosis.


CSP member Christine Comer will use the award for research into rehab for spinal stenosis

Extended scope practitioner Christine Comer works for Leeds Community Healthcare Trust in its musculoskeletal (MSK) and rehab services.

She is also principal investigator for the UK-wide BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older people with Spinal Trouble) study, which is also funded by the NIHR.

'I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the clinical lectureship and very proud of this achievement for the trust,’ Dr Comer told Frontline.

‘I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to develop my clinical and research skills with mentorship from Professor Lamb and her team at the Oxford Clinical Trials Unit, Professor Redmond and Professor Keenan at the Leeds NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and international experts in the field of spinal stenosis.

‘The clinical lectureship will also allow me to focus on expanding allied health professional-led clinical research, as well as implementing a long-term strategy for improving community-based MSK research and care across Leeds.’

Author: Robert Millett

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