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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".


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