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Karyn Ross


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Personal Statement

Karyn Ross graduated with B.Sc Hons in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and after five years working in clinical practice in Republic of Ireland, returned to Glasgow to take up a position as a teaching fellow in the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her principal teaching, clinical and research interests are in the orthotic management of the lower limb with a research interest in the orthotic management of the upper and lower limbs of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and the use of stance control KAFOS in lower limb rehabilitation.

In recognition of expertise in lower limb orthotics, she wa san "expert reviewer" on the subject of the lower limb orthotic management of cerebral palsy for an ISPO consensus conference in 2008 which has resulted in a number of publications. As an invited member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) teaching faculty she contributed to instructional courses in the areas of lower limb orthotic management in stroke and cerebral palsy. In 2006 she was involved with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland in a scoping workshop which lead to the production of the publication, "The road to recovery: One step at a time: The use of ankle-foot orthoses following stroke". Subsequently, she was a member of the working group tasked with the development of a Best Practice Statement on the use of ankle-foot orthoses following stroke, which was published in 2009.

She has been a visiting lecturer on the B.Sc. Course in Prosthetics and Orthotics in Tumaini University, Moshi, Tanzania, and the BSc. Physiotherapy Course, Robert Gordon University. 

Karyn is both a member of the University Ethics Committee and convenor of the Departmental Ethics Committee.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
  • HCPC-Registered Prosthetist/Orthotist with the UK Health Professions Council (HCPC).

External responsibilities

  • Manuscript reviewer for "Prosthetics and Orthotics International" (the journal of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics) 

Teaching Interests

Karyn teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of knee-ankle-foot orthotics, hip and foot orthotics and ethics pertaining to healthcare research. Additonally, she develops and delivers continuing professional development courses for medical and allied health professionals in the area of lower limb orthotic rehabilitation as part of the departmental portfolio of short courses.

Research Interests

Karyn has conducted cross faculty action research in teaching, learning and assessment with an emphasis in the development of emotional intelligence of undergraduate students of prosthetic and orthotic science. She has also undertaken research into the area of prosthetic componentry resulting in patent publication. Karyn is currently the principal investigator for a suite of research projects funded by Arthritis Research UK investigating the use of orthoses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In particular, the project aims to develop an enhanced design of wrist-hand orthosis for patients with dysfunction of the wrist/hand as a result of arthritic changes.

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2006 2017

Support structure

Ross, K., Henderson, E., O'Hare, M., Cairns, N. J. & Aranceta Garza, A., 31 Aug 2017, Patent No. US-2017-0231800-A1, Priority date 19 Aug 2014

Research output: Patent

Support Structure

Ross, K., Henderson, E., O'Hare, M., Cairns, N. & Aranceta Garza, A., 25 Feb 2016, IPC No. A61F 5/01; A61F 5/058, Patent No. WO 2016/027090 A1 , Priority date 19 Aug 2014, Priority No. GB_201414720_A

Research output: Patent

Open Access
Direction compound


Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards

Karyn Ross (Recipient), 7 May 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2006 2014

UK Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics

Karyn Ross (Keynote/plenary speaker)
4 Oct 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

American Orthtoic and Prosthetic Association

Karyn Ross (Invited speaker)
18 Sep 201322 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia