Caroline Stewart (UK)
Clinical Gait Analysis – do we need more mechanics, more economists or more poets?
Caroline Stewart has over 25 years’ experience in clinical gait analysis. She began her research at Strathclyde University, completing her PhD in prosthetic gait in 1995. Subsequently she was employed as a clinical engineer in ORLAU, a specialist department of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry in the UK. ORLAU’s expertise covers clinical gait analysis and rehabilitation engineering and Caroline now manages these busy clinical services. In 2013 she took up a part time academic post at Keele University alongside her NHS commitments. Caroline first attended ESMAC in Dundee in the early 1990s and she was involved in teaching on the gait course for twelve years from 2001. She has also served on the committees of the UK and Ireland Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS), taking a particular interest in the development of national standards. Caroline’s current research interests are focused on musculoskeletal modelling and she has used gait analysis as an outcome measure for treatments including joint replacement and selective dorsal rhizotomy. She has served on the editorial board of Gait and Posture for over 10 years and is active in the national training scheme for clinical engineers in the UK. When not involved in movement analysis Caroline enjoys swimming in local lakes and rivers and excavating mediaeval castles and monasteries.