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29 Oct 2015

Research by a young Exeter-based surgical trainee which could change the way anterior cruciate repair is undertaken in the UK was chosen as the winning paper at a prestigious local medical research competition.

The research undertaken by Alasdair Barrie, 27, a year 1 surgical trainee currently based in Exeter, used data from the Exeter Bone Bank to identify infections associated with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The grafting technique he audited was carried out to justify the technique becoming 'common practice' so patients will face less revisional surgery and fewer infections/failures.

Alasdair presented the data at the innovative Research in our Region meeting in Exeter hosted by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh where surgical researchers from the South West presented their ground breaking studies to the College President and Vice President.

Alasdair will now progress to the RCSEd Audit Symposium in Edinburgh next year at which regional finalists will compete for the overall national research prize.

"These regional research competitions are vital to both drive innovative research and also to give surgeons the support they need to develop their careers", said Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the RCSEd, "One of our key roles at the College is to support and develop all of our members".


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter www.twitter.com/RCSEd and on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk. In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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