Dr Ross AtkinsonBSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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PhD Manchester Metropolitan University 2012 - Physiology

MSc University of Bradford 2005 - Forensic Anthropology

BSc (Joint Hons) University of Leeds 2004 - Anatomy & Physiology


I am a Research Fellow in the Wounds Research Group within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, led by Dr Jo Dumville and Prof. Dame Nicky Cullum.



I graduated with an upper second class BSc in Anatomy & Physiology from the University of Leeds in 2004. Following this, I undertook a full-time taught MSc in Forensic Anthropology in the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford, graduating in 2005. My MSc dissertation focussed on the utility of tarsal bones for the determination of sex of adult skeletal remains using the Christ Church Spitalfields osteological collection, housed at the Natural History Museum, London.

I became Editorial Assistant within the Medical Writing group at Covance Clinical Research Unit in Leeds in 2005, where I had previously worked in the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit as Clinical Technical Officer.

In 2006, I began my PhD at the Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health, Manchester Metropolitan University. My PhD thesis was entitled, "The Effects of Testosterone, Lifelong Physical Activity and Resistive Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Structure and Function in Older Males," which I continued to write whilst working full-time at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. My PhD was awarded in 2012.

I began working as Spinal Research Coordinator at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in April 2010. In 2012, I became Senior Research Associate within the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre at the Trust. I supported basic science and clinical research projects in both surgical (Spinal and Neurosurgical) and medical neurosciences (Neurology). I also coordinated the collection of human intervertebral disc tissue from patients undergoing routine spinal surgery at Salford Royal. This tissue is held at the Human Intervertebral Disc Tissue Bank within the Centre for Tissue Injury and Repair and is used in mostpart by the group of Prof. Judith Hoyland.

I took up the post of Research Programme Manager at the Bradford Institute for Health Research at Bradford Royal Infirmary in May 2015, working on a large NIHR-funded programme of research focussing on improving longer-term care for survivors of stroke. I left that post in August 2016 to join the University of Manchester as Research Fellow in the Wounds Research Group.

My PubMed bibliography can be found here.

Research interests

I contribute to both primary and secondary research (systematic reviews) in the field of wound care.

I have also been involved with work led by Prof. Judith Hoyland and Mr Kanna Gnanalingham to investigate intervertebral disc degeneration.

Other supervisions

I have supervised several fourth year Undergraduate MBChB Student options projects and one international medical student as part of the Erasmus Programme whilst working in the NHS.


Collaborators and affiliated staff

Prof. Dame Nicky Cullum (Head of Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester)

Dr Jo Dumville (Senior Lecturer, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester)

Dr Jacqueline Lavallee (Research Associate, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester)

Dr Gill Norman (Research Fellow, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

School of Human and Health Sciences Research Ethics Panel, University of Huddersfield (Lay Member, 2014 - 2016)

Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Short Focussed Subgroup: Recommendations for Compliance with the HII Care Bundle and Prevention of SSI (Integrated Pathway, May 2012)

Skin Interface Sciences Research Group, University of Huddersfield (Honorary Member, 2013 - 2015)

Salford Royal Researchers' Forum (2010 - 2014)

The Physiological Society (2010 - 2015)

The Anatomical Society (2007 - 2015)

British Association for Human Identification (2005 - 2006)


  • Wounds , Wound Healing, Infection

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