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.