Mike Backhouse
Research Fellow



Dr Backhouse has a background in podiatry having qualified from the University of Southampton, and over a decade of experience in applied clinical research. His research is highly multidisciplinary and ranges from large pragmatic clinical trials to imaging and mechanism of action studies, all of which aim to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disease and other long term conditions. These studies have a particular focus on physical therapies, devices, and surgical interventions for lower limb pathologies.

Prior to joining York Trials Unit, Mike was a Senior Research Fellow and NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow at the University of Leeds where he received his PhD in 2011 and was subsequently funded through two NIHR personal fellowships. Mike is also a Past President of British Health Professions in Rheumatology and a member of the College of Podiatry’s Research and Development Committee.  


  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons)
  • FCPM
  • FFPM RCPS (Glasg)



Mike’s research focuses on the lower limb in people with long term conditions. Much of this has concentrated on musculoskeletal conditions (rheumatology and orthopaedic surgery) but includes diabetic foot disease. He also has an interest in recruitment & retention studies as well as novel trial design. 


Research group(s)


Mike has experience of supervising undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students and is always willing to discuss ideas. 


Full publications list

External activities


  • Fellow – College of Podiatry
  • Fellow – Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Associate Fellow – Higher Education Academy
  • Registrant – Health and Care Professions Council

Editorial duties

  • Rheumatology Advances in Practice – Editorial Board
  • European Medical Journal Reviews (Rheumatology) – Editorial Board

Contact details

Dr Mike Backhouse
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1078)