Farewell to Dr Laura-Anne Furlong

Members of the PHC would like to wish Dr Laura-Anne Furlong (Lecturer in Biomechanics) all the best as she enjoys a break from academia (leaves Loughborough University) to spend time with her son Michael James and husband in Ireland.

Laura-Anne was presented with both the Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award and a Fellowship of the Society last year (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2020/march/academic-sets-new-standards-with-awards/ ). Her research focuses on understanding how measures of muscle structure and function during dynamic sporting tasks - such as running and jumping - are related to the mechanics of the movement itself.

Laura-Anne made a positive contribution to the PHCs activities and alongside other team members assisted with the filming of the Japanese documentary which focused on GB Jonnie Peacock (Paralympic sprinter) when it was filmed at Loughborough University (see photos), provided vital guidance to the PhD work of Simon Briley and Cristina DAngeli through their PhDs when needed, while supporting her own PhD student Natalie Egginton to near completion of her PhD on a topic that is exploring biofeedback for rehabilitation of lower limb amputees.

Prof Vicky Tolfrey stated ‘On behalf of everyone at the PHC, and I’m sure the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences too, I’d like to thank Laura-Anne for her contributions - she met a timely turn around of biomechanical feedback for the video production team when we had to meet a tight deadline - but at the same time she did it smiling! But more importantly for supporting the biomechanics students within the PHC during their panel meetings/ internal presentations with positive feedback when needed.’

Natalie Egginton, one of the PHC`s PhD students supervised by Laura-Anne added: ‘I would like to thank Laura-Anne for her support and guidance throughout my academic journey thus far and her continual assistance till the completion of my PhD. She has provided a positive learning environment in which she shared her knowledge and helped me develop my research skills.’