NameDr Cathy Linaker
QualificationsPhD BN RGN
RoleSenior Research Fellow
Cathy graduated as a nurse at the University of Southampton in 1990. She initially worked as a staff nurse in obstetrics and gynaecology in Southampton. In 1992, she worked as a clinical research nurse in the Department of Medicine at the University of Southampton where she completed a PhD in 1997 that explored the effects of nitrogen dioxide on asthmatic symptoms in school-aged children. Cathy joined the MRC Unit in 1997 and set up and coordinated a number of longitudinal studies of upper limb disorders. This included the development and piloting of a standardised examination proforma for the upper limb and neck (the Southampton Examination Schedule), and the subsequent training of other researchers in this technique.
Recent studies include: a case-control study of occupational and lifestyle risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome; a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal arm pain; and a longitudinal study of the health risks and benefits of working beyond the traditional retirement age (Health and Employment after Fifty- HEAF Study). Cathy is the training lead for early career researchers in Programme 5.