Susan Clarke

    Susan Clarke


    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2171

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    Research Statement

    My research is centred on promoting bone repair and in developing novel biomaterials for bone graft replacement. My current research projects include investigating novel bioactives from marine organisms to stimulate bone formation, controling the resorption of orthopaedic implants and investigating predictors of the adult progenitor cell reserve.


    Leadership Roles (QUB)

    Athena SWAN Co-Champion

    Module co-ordinator for Evidence Based Nursing 2 (September intake)

    Module co-ordinator for postgraduate module Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Research

    Leadership Roles (External)

    Treasurer of the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society


    Undergraduate modules

    • Evidence Based Nursing 2, BSc Nursing
    • Dimensions of Care, Year 2, BSc Nursing

    Postgraduate modules

    • Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Research, MSc and PgDip pathways

    Postregistration modules

    • Critical Care Nursing


    Current Graduate Supervision

    Matt Carson, Hannah Little (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Eningeering)

    Research Interests

    Currently Funded Projects

    1. Demonstrating superior performance of novel medical implants. FJ Buchanan, SA Clarke. INVEST NI Proof of Concept Phase 2 and PoC Plus extension.

    2. Potential osteogenicity of marine extracts from Irish waters: screening for bioactivity. SA Clarke


    Completed Research Projects

    1. Marine inspired biosilica-filled adhesive complex coacervates: DimDOM. Personal fellowship for PJ Walsh. Co-applicants: J Bothwell, SA Clarke. Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, EU funded Programme. 

    2. Evaluation of the osteogenic properties of a marine based tricomposite. H McMahon, SA Clarke. MSc Bursary, Insitute of Technology Tralee.

    3. Computer simulation of biodegradation scaffolds: Validation against experiments and implementation for tissue engineering. P Prendergast, F Buchanan, N Dunne, SA Clarke.Science Foundation Ireland funding- North-Supplement scheme

    4. Simulation of cell mediated bioresorption of calcium phosphate bone substitutes. FJ Buchanan, NJ Dunne, SA Clarke, Robert Mathys Foundation

    5. Calcium Phosphate Cements for Bone Augmentation through Vertebroplasty R Wilcox, F Buchanan, N Dunne, SA Clarke, J Orr, D Barton EPSRC

    6. Changes in the Osteogenic potential of Bone Marrow Stromal Cells with ageing. SA Clarke, DR Marsh. Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics

    7. Gene Therapy for Osteogenesis Imperfecta.  G J Farrar, S Millington-Ward, GR Jordan, SA Clarke, DR Marsh. Ireland-Northern Ireland Co-operation – Research Project Grants, R&D Office.

    8. The stimulation of new bone formation around a tibial implant using simvastatin. N Rushton and SA Clarke. Arthritis Research Campaign   

    Frequent Journals

    • Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

      ISSNs: 0957-4530

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1573-4838

      Springer Netherlands

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.51 SJR 0.612 SNIP 0.824


    • Marine Drugs

      ISSNs: 1660-3397

      Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.57 SJR 0.855 SNIP 1.496


    • Bone

      ISSNs: 8756-3282

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 8756-3282

      Elsevier Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.47 SJR 1.609 SNIP 1.498


    • Journal of Orthopaedic Research

      ISSNs: 0736-0266

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1554-527X

      John Wiley and Sons Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.07 SJR 1.141 SNIP 1.179


    • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

      ISSNs: 0003-4967

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 9.18 SJR 7.081 SNIP 3.594


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