Congratulations Drs. Charlie Waugh & Alex Scott
Kudos to Dr. Charlie Waugh, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility tendon research group post-doctoral fellow, and collaborators Dr. Alex Scott, CHHM core member, and Professor Hazel Screen, University of London, for winning a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, which is a three-year grant through the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Their project, “The effects of hyperlipidaemia on tendon health,” will examine musculoskeletal disorders, particularly to the muscle-tendon unit, which are a major cause of occupational disability in the European Union.
The underlying hypotheses are that cholesterol accumulates with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in particular areas of the tendon, inhibiting tendon biomechanical function in individuals with elevated total cholesterol and/or LDL. The findings will have immediate implications for orthopedic sciences, preventative medicine and rehabilitation services, strategies and technology. They have the potential to improve quality of life and reduce the socio-economic costs associated with orthopedic and musculoskeletal diseases.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion (over $115 billion CAD) of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).