Professor Anne-Maree Keenan OBE

Professor Anne-Maree Keenan OBE


Anne-Maree is Chair of Applied Health Research, Academic Capacity Development Lead for NIHR's Leeds Biomedical Centre (BRC):  she was strategic lead for the newly awarded BRC, which saw a trebling in funding and the introduction of five new research areas.  Anne-Maree has overseen a portfolio of £40M institutional strategic awards and personal funding of £9M. Her research interests focus on multi-disciplinary approaches which improves the health of people with musculoskeletal disease in general, with a specific interest in midfoot osteoarthritis. 

Anne-Maree is Pro-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds and Associate Dean for the NIHR Academy, with academic oversight of capacity development for the NIHR Infrastructure, Global Health Research Programmes, Incubators and the NIHR Schools.  Anne-Maree is co-founder of the 700-member Leeds Female Leaders Network, has provided leadership for several successful Athena SWAN awards and was the clinical academic lead on the first Gold award to a School of Medicine. Anne-Maree was awarded an OBE for services to podiatry in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List.


  • Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Academic Capacity Development Lead, NIHR Leeds BRC
  • Associate Dean, NIHR Academy

Research interests

Working across the School of Healthcare, the School of Medicine and the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Anne-Maree’s research is around supporting multi-disciplinary research which improves the health of people with musculoskeletal disease. Her research interests have focus on foot and lower limb pathology, with an emphasis on physical interventions. Anne-Maree also has an interest in understanding the physical and psychosocial impact of people with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases. With  30 years of applied health research, Anne-Maree has experience in a variety of research methodologies, including randomised controlled trials, structural equation modelling, prevalence studies and qualitative methodology.


  • PhD (Medicine, University of Leeds)
  • MAppSc (LaTrobe University)
  • BAppSc (Podiatry, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Faculty of Podiatry) Glasgow

Student education

I am involved in teaching in the undergraduate adult nursing course's long term conditions module.  I also work closely with staff across the Faculty and with our NHS partners in supporting those who are preparing NIHR fellowship applications.

Research groups and institutes

  • Long-term conditions
  • Foot and Ankle Studies in Rheumatology (FASTER)
  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal disease
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