Dr Michael Backhouse


Senior Research Fellow

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Section of Clinical Biomechanics and Physical Medicine
Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Leeds
2nd Floor Chapel Allerton Hospital
Chapeltown Road


Dr Backhouse is a podiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds who is funded primarily through a personal fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research. His programme of research focuses on the foot and ankle in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. This work utilises state of the art biomechanical modelling and MRI based shape modelling techniques to enable stratification of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at alleviating foot pain and deformity.


More recently this has expanded to include the in vitro and in vivo validation of novel imaging techniques, activity monitoring, wound care studies, and the identification of novel imaging based biomarkers for future prosthetic joint failure. Dr Backhouse also leads the NICE endorsed British Society of Rheumatology Guidelines on the management of foot health in inflammatory arthritis, and working with NHS England to deliver a project focussing on core competencies for clinicians working with people with musculoskeletal conditions.


In addition to his work at the University of Leeds, Dr Backhouse is also immediate past president of British Health Professions in Rheumatology (BHPR), and sits on the College of Podiatry’s Research & Development Committee.

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