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Academic becomes first in the west to receive educational title

11 December 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Physiotherapist Professor James Selfe awarded Doctorate of Sciences  

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Professor James Selfe has become the first physiotherapist outside Australia to receive a Doctorate of Science.  

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic has become the first physiotherapist in the west to receive an elite educational title.

Professor James Selfe, from the School of Health Sciences, is believed to be only the second physio in the world to be awarded a Doctorate of Science (DSc).

The academic has a special interest in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, in particular the patellofemoral (kneecap) joint of the knee. His expertise in this field is widely recognised and has led to a substantial portfolio of publications and a wide range of international activities.

 

“As far as I can tell there is only one other physiotherapist in the world who has one of these and he is in Australia. I’m absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way.”

He said: “As far as I can tell there is only one other physiotherapist in the world who has one of these and he is in Australia. I’m absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way.”

Professor Selfe had to submit a portfolio of all his research papers along with a synoptic commentary explaining how they all fitted together into a coherent body of work. This was assessed by two very eminent external examiners who recommended the award.

 

He has worked with a group in Finland for the past 20 years and is currently engaging in research with fellow academics in Belgium, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Throughout his career at UCLan he has collaborated with international colleagues across the globe. He has worked with a group in Finland for the past 20 years and is currently engaging in research with fellow academics in Belgium, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Professor Selfe’s current research is focused on understanding sub groups within the kneecap pain population and developing specific treatments for these groups. A paper highlighting this research is due to be published shortly in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

He received his award at a graduation ceremony in Preston’s Guild Hall this week.