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Dr Hannah Shaw  -  PhD


My PhD focussed primarily on the structure, function, and pathology of entheses, specifically on the calcaneal (Achilles) tendon enthesis organ.  An enthesis is the site of attachment of a tendon, ligament or joint capsule to bone. However, at most sites, entheses are not isolated structures; they are frequently associated with other components including adipose tissue and synovium.  My PhD illustrated that although entheses are common sites of pain in pathology, under normal conditions, the enthesis itself and associated fibrocartilages are avascular and aneural.  The related adipose tissue, however, is highly innervated and may therefore play a role in proprioception, and potentially be a source of pain in enthesopathies.  From this research I have developed an interest in the functional role of adipose tissue in the musculoskeletal system and have recently supervised projects which investigated the structure and development of the plantar fat pads.

Since starting as a Professional Tutor I have developed a keen interest in the use of online tutorials.  In particular, with regard to their use by students to improve satisfaction and performance in practical classes.  At present this study is focussing primarily on anaotmical teaching the dissection room, but hopefully in future will branch out to other science disciplines.