Professor Chris Nester

Professor Chris Nester is a Podiatrist by first degree and now leads the Foot and Ankle Research Programme in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.
Chris has led many international foot and ankle biomechanics research projects, with colleagues in the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, China and Australia.

Dr. Cristina Vasilica

Cristina is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital and Social Media in Healthcare. Her background is in IT service development working in the industry before embarking on PhD, which evaluated the impact of social media on patients’ information provision, networking and communication.

Her research interests focus on creating digital tools, which embed sustainable engagement strategies in the healthcare and educational context. 


Dr. Sam Bird


Sam is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Salford. Her background is mechanical engineering. Having moved to the School of Health and Society. Sam has gained experience in qualitative research and is interested in methods of integrating patient and public experiences into equipment design. Up until recently, Sam has never really thought about her feet. However, collecting, listening to and editing patient stories that has changed! 

Dr. Yeliz Prior

Yeliz is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Salford and a Clinical Specialist OT in rheumatology at Mid Cheshire NHS Hospitals Trust. Prior to this, Yeliz has trained and worked in IT service development in Turkey, Italy and UK. Following this, as a clinical researcher with specific interest in patient education and self-management, Yeliz led clinical trials and multi-national projects which impacted on national policy and practice. Yeliz is a founder and lead of online self-management platforms such as the www.mskhub.com and www.strokesurvivorshub.com and passionate about her involvement in the www.whyfeetmatter.org to help shed a spotlight on personal impact of foot health through personal narratives.


Sue Skidmore


Sue is a PhD researcher at the University of Salford. Sue is a qualified podiatrist with a keen interest in keeping people on their feet. Her research interests are focused on understanding more about how people feel about their feet and what motivates or prevents them from looking after them. This will enable us to develop healthcare programmes that encourage people to engage with their foot health.