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Professor Anne-Maree Keenan awarded OBE

Professor Anne-Maree Keenan awarded OBE


Professor Anne-Maree Keenan has recently been awarded an OBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honour List for her services to podiatry. Anne-Maree holds a Chair in Applied Health Research at the University of Leeds and is the Assistant Director of the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre. She said, ‘I am honoured to be nominated for this award. To be singled out is humbling, when there are so many others who are equally deserving. For podiatry to be recognised again in this way is a real testament to our profession’s standing and influence, particularly in terms of the national research agenda.’

After qualifying as a podiatrist in Melbourne, Anne-Maree worked in public and private sector podiatry positions, while also teaching at La Trobe University and then the University of Western Sydney. Anne-Maree left Sydney and moved to Leeds in 2002, where she was employed as a Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Rheumatology at the University of Leeds. Her research portfolio is centred around the impact and treatment of the foot in musculoskeletal disease, with a particular emphasis on osteoarthritis.

Anne-Maree’s influence reaches far outside the podiatry profession and developing the next generation of podiatry researchers. In addition to being the Assistant Director and the Training Lead for the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, she is Deputy Chair for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Infrastructure Training Forum, which oversee medical, clinical and non-clinical research training across the NIHR Infrastructure. Anne-Maree has been heavily involved in the NIHR strategic review of training and is the Lead Advocate for Podiatry for NIHR.

A passionate champion of supporting women, Anne-Maree has led on two successful Athena Swan Silver awards for the University of Leeds and is co-founder of the Leeds Female Leaders Network, an 800 strong network which brings together men and women to support developing female leaders across the Leeds health sector. 

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