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Congratulations to Dr Flaminia Ronca and Dr Bruce Paton who have been promoted to Associate Professors within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London (UCL).

Dr Flaminia Ronca is a researcher at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) and the Programme Lead for the undergraduate programmes in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences taught at the ISEH with UCL. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.

Her main research encompasses collaborative projects in Exercise Neuroscience with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) at UCL, underpinning the effects of exercise on cognition and on the central nervous system, and projects with British Police, using exercise to support the wellbeing and performance of police officers.

Dr Bruce Paton is a Consultant Physiotherapist/ Clinical Academic AHP focussing on lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, trauma, orthopaedics and rheumatology. He works in the orthopaedics, fracture clinics at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and sports clinics at the ISEH. He has developed and refined the rehabilitation pathways at UCLH for lower limb conditions to provide added rehabilitation quality for patients, including osteoarthritis, arthroplasty patients, post trauma patients and athletes.

Dr Paton’s research interests include: optimising rehabilitation post-injury or surgery, athletic performance and return to sport in elite level and recreational athletes, hamstring injury, muscle strength and optimising strength training, including training with blood flow restriction and, promoting exercise and physical activity and control of inflammation. He has long standing specialist expertise in treatment of ACL injury as well as knee ligament reconstruction, post trauma rehabilitation, Tendinopathies and lower limb rehabilitation.

His academic roles include clinical academic faculty of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) and he helped to co-found and establish the ISEH.

Dr Flaminia Ronca said: “I am privileged to work in such a stimulating and enriching environment. Thank you to all my colleagues for making this a fantastic journey and for supporting me this far. I’m very much looking forward to what comes next.”

Dr Bruce Paton said: “It is an honour to be promoted to Associate Professor and I have been very grateful to UCL and the ISEH and UCLH for such strong support. I have been very privileged to work alongside (and learn from) clinicians, teachers and researchers with incredible academic pedigree. It has been a privilege to be involved in the ISEH from the start and see this Olympic legacy institute established in UCL/ UCLH and grow. The associate professorship offers another opportunity to continue advancing this work.”

Professor Mark Hamer, Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the ISEH said: “It is fantastic to see two crucial members of the ISEH team gain recognition for all their hard work.”

Professor Fares Haddad, Director of the ISEH said: “Bruce has been at the heart of ISEH since its inception and it is wonderful to see his hard work rewarded. Flaminia has brought great energy and drive to the ISEH and is a fantastic role model for our students and young researchers. Both will undoubtedly go on to even greater success and the ISEH looks forward to supporting their academic journeys.”

We congratulate both Dr Ronca and Dr Paton on their well-deserved promotions.