J. N. Alastair Gibson

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Mr J.N. Alastair Gibson obtained his Medical degree at the Royal London Hospital, London before progressing through general surgical, neurosurgical and orthopaedic training in Nottingham, Dundee and Edinburgh. In the 1980s he worked with Professor Mike Rennie at the University of Dundee, using stable isotope tracers to measure muscle protein synthesis and metabolism. This work culminated in his MD thesis, entitled “Studies of Disuse Muscle Atrophy in Man” awarded in 1987 by the University of London and receipt of the Sir David Cuthbertson medal. In 1992, he was Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney and Spinal Fellow to Professor Thomas Taylor at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. On his return from Australia he was appointed to an Orthopaedic consultancy in Edinburgh and, working with Professor Gordon Waddell, prepared the original Cochrane reviews of interventions for disc prolapse and degenerate lumbar spondylosis. He patented one of the first cervical disc replacements and currently works in research groups studying novel implants for the correction of scoliosis and investigations of cervical injury in Rugby Football. Recent publications include ‘50+ Foot Challenges’ and book chapters on aspects of Spinal Surgery.

Biography Updated on 24 January 2012

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