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Gait analysis expert to join University

Jan 05, 2010

Professor Richard Baker has been appointed as Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis in the School of Health, Sport & Rehabilitation Sciences.

He joins Salford from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory, in Melbourne, Australia - world leaders in the analysis of walking disorders in children.

A Cambridge graduate, Richard is returning to the UK after eight years in Australia.

During his career so far, Richard has led a unique mix of biomechanics, gait and clinical research projects related to the diagnosis and management of gait problems. He was awarded a highly competitive Practitioner Fellowship by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, has authored more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, been awarded several major research grants and led research and clinical partnerships between universities and hospitals in Melbourne.

Head of School Sue Braid said: "I'm delighted with the appointment. Richard joining us is a reflection of the progress made by the School with regard to research quality, research investment as well as its confidence as a leader in its field.

"Attracting a scholar of his calibre is testament to the hard work, innovation and leadership shown by our own Dr Richard Jones, who has single-handedly established the clinical gait analysis service at Salford over the last six years and is relishing the opportunity to work alongside a world leader in his field."

When he begins at Salford, by Easter 2010, Professor Baker will work closely with Richard Jones to develop the clinical gait analysis service to underpin a range of research and education developments in the School.