Prof Derek Santos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Prof Derek Santos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD Image

University of Gibraltar:

Research Associate
PhD Supervisor
Health & Sport Sciences
Research & Research Degrees Committee

Research Background

Professor Derek Santos (BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD) graduated from Queen Margaret University in 1998 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Podiatry, he then received his PhD 2006 where he developed and validated an experimental system to assess the effects of plantar foot pressure on skin blood flow. Derek’s interest in musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and ankle led him to undertake and complete his MSc Podiatric Surgery in 2015. His other area of interest is diabetes where he contributes to postgraduate teaching and research. Derek has also completed a number of other postgraduate courses including intra and extra-articular joint injections; kinesiotaping; and acupuncture in the lower limb.

Derek has lectured at QMU since 2003 and before this he worked in Private Practice and was Audit Coordinator for the NHS Borders Health Board, Scotland. Prof Santos is also contributing to national and international research projects.

In addition, Prof Derek Santos is an experienced expert member of the NHS Research Ethics Committee for the South East of Scotland since 2010. He is an external reviewer for various medical journals and also for research grant applications to the NHS National Institute of Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies.

Finally, Derek is an experienced external examiner both at post-graduate and doctoral level. He is also an Associate member of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Gibraltar.

Research Interests

Prof Derek Santos is a highly experienced individual, with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Research Design, Lecturing, Podiatry, and Teaching.

Derek is the Research Lead for Podiatry and his research interests include musculoskeletal conditions, diabetes, ethics, gait analysis, and blood flow in the lower limb. He is active in these areas of research supervising student projects at a undergraduate and postgraduate level in addition to other funded studies (both at national and international level). Most recently, Derek has been collaborating with industry where he is a co-Director for a Social Enterprise company, Health Design Collective, with a focus on coming together as a collective community to create and continuously improve products to benefit individuals with long-term health conditions.

Active Research Interests:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Diabetes
  • Blood flow
  • Gait analysis and management

Research Methods:

  • Experimental and quasi-experimental studies (e.g. RCTs)
  • Research ethics

Selected Publications

Coda, A., Carline, T. & Santos, D. (2015). ‘Foot Orthoses in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis’ – Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-68079-3

Santos, D. (2001). Scottish Practice-based Access to Clinical Effectiveness (SPACE) – An implementation workbook for health professionals. Royal College of General Practitioners, Scotland.

Tan, C. & Santos, D. (2019). Contribution of Vision, Touch, and Hearing to the Use of Sham Devices in Acupuncture-Related Studies. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. 13. 1. 25-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.jams.2019.12.003. []

Ashraff, S., Siddiqui, M., Santos, D. & Carline, T. (2019). Prediction of stump healing in lower limb amputation: A narrative review. Journal of Wound Care. 28. S18-S25. DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.Sup12.S18.

Butler, S., Sculley, D., Santos, D., Fellas, A., Girones, X., Singh-Grewal, D. & Coda, A. (2019). Usability of eHealth and mHealth interventions by children and adolescents living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA): a systematic review (Preprint). DOI: 10.2196/preprints.15833.

Siddiqui, M.A., Ashraff, S., Santos, D., Rush R., Carline T. Raza, Z. (2018). Predictive parameters of arteriovenous fistula maturation in patients with end-stage renal disease. Kidney Research and Clinical Practice. 37. 3. 277-286.

Siddiqui, M.A., Ashraff, S., Santos, D., Carline T. (2018). Complications of stump healing among diabetic population. Turkish Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. 22. 2. 91-97. DOI: 10.25179/tjem.2018-59880. [ ]

Fellas A, Santos D, Singh-Grewal D, Coda A. (2018). Physical Examination Tools Used to Identify Swollen and Tender Lower Limb Joints in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Scoping Review, Arthritis. 2018. 2. 1-7. DOI: 10.1155/2018/3408162. Article ID 3408162. []

Siddiqui M, Ashraff S, Santos D, Carline T, Raza Z. (2018). Development of prognostic model for fistula maturation in patients with advanced renal failure. Renal Replacement Therapy. 4. 1. 11. DOI: 10.1186/s41100-018-0153-z . []

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