Dr Jude Meakin

Senior Lecturer

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Roles

Research Interests

My research interests are concerned with understanding the biomechanics of the human spine and its associated tissues. My recent work has highlighted the wide inter-subject variability in spinal shape and shown that this shape is partially maintained in different postures and affects load-bearing biomechanics. I am currently extending this work to determine how individuals use their spine muscles and to determine what factors influence spinal shape. This has potential impact in understanding the factors that lead to back pain and in improving manual handling advice.

Education and Employment

  • 2016 -         Senior lecturer, University of Exeter
  • 2010 - 2015 Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • 2002 - 2010 Research fellow, University of Aberdeen
  • 2001 - 2002 Research associate, University of Calgary, Canada
  • 1999 - 2001 Research assistant/fellow, University of Aberdeen
  • 1995 - 1998 PhD Biomedical Physics & Bioengineering, University of Aberdeen
  • 1994 - 1995 MSc Information Technology (Medical Physics), University of Aberdeen
  • 1990 - 1993 BSc Hons Physics, University of Manchester

Funded Research Projects

  • "The human vertebral endplate: its biomechanics and involvement in spinal disorders", Orthopaedic Research UK, 01 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2019, £74,690, (Co-I)
  • "Estimation of in vivo inter-vertebral loading during motion using fluoroscopic and MRI informed finite element models", Chiropractic Research Council, 01 Jul 2015 - 31 Jun 2016, £40,344, (Co-I)
  • "The CSPINE study: investigating the acceptability and efficacy of computer-aided detection software for cervical spine fracture diagnosis", Royal Devon & Exeter small grants, 01 Feb 2015 - 31 Jul 2015, £10,201, (Co-I)
  • "Needle injury to the annulus of the intervertebral disc: mechanisms and minimisation", The Henry Smith Charity, 01 Nov 2014 - 31 Oct 2017, £155,200, (Co-I)
  • "Vertebral morphology characterisation: developing reliable methods for scoliosis research", British Scoliosis Research Foundation, 01 Aug 2013 - 31 Jul 2014, £33,329, (PI)
  • "Characterisation of the three-dimensional shape of human vertebrae using statistical shape methods", Royal Society, 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2014, £9,666, (PI)
  • "A feasibility study into a dance intervention aimed at improving health and well-being in sedentary females", Bridging the Gaps, Exeter University, 01 Jan 2013 - 30 Jun 2013, £6,800, (Co-I)
  • "Imaging muscle function in the spine during exercise: a feasibility study", Bridging the Gaps, Exeter University, 01 May 2011 - 31 Jan 2012, £926, (PI)
  • "Linking the shape of the hip, knee and spine in back pain and disc degeneration", Grampian NHS Trust Endowments, 01 Apr 2010 - 31 Mar 2012, £10,800, (PI)
  • "Spinal posture and the dynamics of load and lifting", Grampian NHS Trust Endowments, 01 Apr 2008 - 31 Mar 2009, £8,000, (PI)
  • "Imaging markers for muscle function", Translational Medicine Research Collaboration, 01 Jun 2008 - 31 Nov 2009, £626,053, (CO-I)
  • "Stress analysis of the human proximal femur and the role of the ligaments and muscles", Arthritis Research Campaign, 01 Oct 2007 - 30 Sep 2010, £106,252, (Co-I)
  • "The shape of the spine and its effects on normal biomechanics", Grampian NHS Trust Endowments:, 01 Apr 2007 - 31 Mar 2008, £6,900, (PI)
  • "3D modelling of joints from CT and MR images", Grampain NHS Trust Endowments, 01 Jan 2005 - 28 Feb 2006, £6732, (Co-I)
  • "Stress distributions in the human proximal femur and the effects of shape on the risk of fracture", Arthritis Research Campaign, 01 Jun 2003 - 31 May 2005, £57,533, (Co-I)
  • "Co-operative reinforcement of tissues by collagen", Arthritis Research Campaign, 01 Feb 2002 - 31 Mar 2003, £61,739, (Co-I)
  • "Special award for research visit", Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 01 May 2001 - 31 Oct 2001, £5,000, (PI)
  • "Travel award for research visit", Royal Society, 01 May 2001 - 31 Oct 2001, £880, (PI)
  • "Probabilistic methods in finite element analysis of biological systems", The Wellcome Trust, 12 Jun 2000 - 05 Aug 2000, £1,160, (PI)
  • "Collagen in the annulus fibrosus of sheep and deer lumbar intervertebral discs", Arthritis Research Campaign, 01 Jun 2000 - 28 Feb 2001, £5,428, (PI)
  • "Sheep and deer intervertebral discs as models for investigating disc replacement", Grampain NHS Trust Endowments, 01 Apr 2000 - 31 Mar 2001, £880, (PI)

Invited Presentations

  • "Back pain: too many degrees of freedeom?" (Invited), Society for Back Pain Research, Bournemouth, Nov 2015
  • "Spine biomechanics" (Keynote), International Society of Biomechanics, Glasgow, Jul 2015
  • "Natural variation in the shape of the lumbar spine" (Invited), Biomedical and Micro-Engineering Seminars, University of Birmingham, Feb 2011
  • "Finite Element Analysis for Orthopaedic Design" (Invited), CPD course, University of Leeds, May 2009
  • "Intervertebral disc implants (why do we need them and what materials can we use?)" (Invited), Department of Chemistry seminars, University of Aberdeen, May 2003
  • "Denucleation changes the internal behaviour of the intervertebral disc" (Invited), The McKenzie Institute, Nov 1998
  • "Using MRI to see the internal structure of the intervertebral disc" (Invited), The McKenzie Institute, Nov 1998

Contributions to the Community

  • EPSRC college member since 2003
  • Editorial board member for the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, current
  • Editorial board member for the Open Spine Journal, current
  • International programe committee member for IASTED International Conference on Biomechanics, 2005 - 2007
  • Reviewer for a variety of funding bodies and journals.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (FIPEM)
  • Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • Associate member of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology
  • Member of the Society for Back Pain Research
  • Member of Backcare
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Prizes

  • BackCare medal, 2014
  • Best paper awarded at the Britisch Scoliosis Society meeting in Bristol, October 2014.
  • 1st prize for presentation of PhD work at the Postgraduate meeting of the Biomaterials Special Interest group of the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine in Liverpool, April 1998.
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