Dr Steven Burr
Profiles

Dr Steven Burr

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Physiology

Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

Deputy Director of Assessment for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
Co-Lead for Physiology teaching to medicine.

Qualifications

BSc(Hons).MSc.PGDE(FAHE).MMedSci(ClinEd).PhD.
FIBMS.FAcadMEd.CBiol.FRSB.SFHEA.ERT.

Roles on external bodies

General Medical Council - Education Associate (2016-2020); Panel member for GMC’s National Review of Scotland (2017-present)

National University of Ireland (Dublin, Cork, Galway, & Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) - Extern Examiner for Physiology (2017-present)

University of Manchester School of Medicine - External Examiner for year 3 of MBChB (2016-20)

University of Liverpool School of Medicine - External Examiner for year 1 of MBChB (2015-18)

Medical Schools Council - Member of Assessment Alliance Reference Group (2010-present), and Member of Equality Implementation Working Group (2017-present)

Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Avon & Somerset - Member (2017-2026)

Research interests

I have developed expertise in several areas, primarily revolving around either medical education or neurotoxicology.  My neurotoxicology research has used electrophysiological methods to help elucidate mechanisms of action.  My interests in medical education include promoting the progressive integration and improvement of Computer Aided Learning and Assessment.  I am also a passionate advocate of clinical relevance.  My aims are to do all I can to help students fulfil their ambitions to become competent professionals, and to help institutions improve the quality of their assessments.

Other interests include the philosophy of physiology and the limits of human physiology in extreme environments.  See Burr SA (2006) The body in balance: A physio-philosophical view of life (ISBN 978-0-9554151-0-4).

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Zahra D, Hedge C, Pesola F & Burr S 2016 'Accounting for test reliability in student progression: the reliable change index' Medical Education 50, (7) 738-745 , DOI PEARL
Burr S, Neve H & Leung Y 2016 'Evaluating your professionalism' British Journal of Hospital Medicine 77, (11) 634-637 , DOI PEARL
Burr SA, Chatterjee AC, Gibson S, Coombes L & Wilkinson S 2016 'Key points to facilitate the adoption of computer-based assessments' Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development 3, 77-77 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Burr SA, Whittle J, Fairclough LC, Coombes L & Todd I 2016 'Modifying Hofstee standard setting for assessments that vary in difficulty, and to determine boundaries for different levels of achievement' BMC Medical Education 16, (1) , DOI
Zahra D, Robinson I, Roberts M, Coombes L, Cockerill J & Burr S 2016 'Rigour in moderation processes is more important than the choice of method' Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 1-9 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Coombes L, Roberts M, Zahra D & Burr S 2016 'Twelve tips for assessment psychometrics' Medical Teacher 38, (3) 250-254 , DOI PEARL
Burr SA & Leung YL 2015 'Promoting equality by assessing discrimination in clinical practice' British Journal of Hospital Medicine 76, (11) 642-645 , DOI
Burr SA & Leung YL 2015 'Towards a better understanding of clinical leadership' Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 76, (5) 276-280 Author Site , DOI
Pratten MK, Merrick D & Burr SA 2014 'Group in-course assessment promotes cooperative learning and increases performance' Anatomical Sciences Education 7, (3) 224-233 , DOI
Abu Bakar MF, Mohamed M, Rahmat A, Burr SA & Fry JR 2013 'Cellular assessment of the extract of bambangan (Mangifera pajang) as a potential cytoprotective agent for the human hepatocellular HepG2 cell line' FOOD CHEMISTRY 136, (1) 18-25 Author Site , DOI
Burr SA, Brodier E & Wilkinson S 2013 'Delivery and use of individualised feedback in large class medical teaching' BMC MEDICAL EDUCATION 13, Author Site , DOI
Burr SA & Leung YL 2013 'Towards promoting and assessing clinical compassion' BRITISH JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE 74, (12) 677-681 Author Site
Fry JR & Burr SA 2011 'A double-blind atropine trial for active learning of autonomic function' ADVANCES IN PHYSIOLOGY EDUCATION 35, (4) 438-444 Author Site , DOI
Leung YL, Adesara S & Burr S 2011 'Learning to make better clinical decisions' BRITISH JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE 72, (11) 642-645 Author Site
Burr S 2011 'Obituary—David Ray' NeuroToxicology 32, (1) 169-169 , DOI
Abu Bakar MF, Mohamed M, Rahmat A, Burr SA & Fry JR 2010 'Cytotoxicity and polyphenol diversity in selected parts of Mangifera pajang and Artocarpus odoratissimus fruits' Nutrition & Food Science 40(1), 29-38
Abu Bakal MF, Mohamad M, Rahmat A, Burr SA & Fry JR 2010 'Cytotoxicity, cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis in breast cancer cell lines exposed to an extract of the seed kernel of Mangifera pajang (bambangan)' FOOD AND CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY 48, (6) 1688-1697 Author Site , DOI
Burr S & Brodier E 2010 'Integrating feedback into medical education' Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 71, (11) 646-649 Author Site , DOI
Leung YL & Burr SA 2010 'Trapdoor technique for intertransverse process arthrodesis of the lumbar spine' Techniques in Orthopaedics 25(4), 237-239
Breckenridge CB, Holden L, Sturgess N, Weiner M, Sheets L, Sargent D, Soderlund DM, Choi J-S, Symington S & Clark JM 2009 'Evidence for a separate mechanism of toxicity for the Type I and the Type II pyrethroid insecticides' NEUROTOXICOLOGY 30, S17-S31 Author Site , DOI
Burr S 2009 'Integrating assessment innovations in medical education' Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 70, (3) 162-163 Author Site , DOI
Burr S 2009 'Integrating teaching innovations in medical education' Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 70, (2) 104-106 Author Site , DOI
Ray DE, Burr SA & Lister T 2006 'The effects of combined exposure to the pyrethroids deltamethrin and S-bioallethrin on hippocampal inhibition and skeletal muscle hyperexcitability in rats' TOXICOLOGY AND APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY 216, (2) 354-362 Author Site , DOI
Burr SA & Ray DE 2004 'Structure-activity and interaction effects of 14 different pyrethroids on voltage-gated chloride ion channels' TOXICOLOGICAL SCIENCES 77, (2) 341-346 Author Site , DOI
Mulheran M, Degg C, Burr S, Morgan DW & Stableforth DE 2001 'Occurrence and risk of cochleotoxicity in cystic fibrosis patients receiving repeated high-dose aminoglycoside therapy' Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy 45(9), 2502-2509
Holton JL, Nolan CC, Burr SA, Ray DE & Cavanagh JB 1997 'Increasing or decreasing nervous activity modulates the severity of the glio-vascular lesions of 1,3-dinitrobenzene in the rat: effects of the tremorgenic pyrethroid, Bifenthrin, and of anaesthesia' Acta Neuropathologica 93, 159-165
Letters
Todd I, Burr S, Whittle J & Fairclough L 2014 'Modifying the Hofstee method may overcome problems' Med Teach 36, (4) 358-359 Author Site , DOI
Books
Burr SA 2006 The body in balance: A physio-philosophical view of life. Nottingham University Press
Chapters
Burr SA & Leung YL 2016 'Towards a better understanding of clinical leadership' in McKimm J; O'Sullivan H Clinical leadership made easy: integrating theory and practice London Quay Books 121-134
Burr SA 2014 'Acid-base physiology' in Randall MD Medical Sciences at a Glance Oxford Wiley-Blackwell 68-69
Leung YL & Burr SA 2014 'Botulinum toxin' in Wexler P USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 540-542
Burr SA 2014 'Chemical Warfare' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 814-816
Burr SA 2014 'Chemical Warfare Delivery Systems' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 817-821
Burr SA 2014 'Control of breathing' in Randall MD Medical Sciences at a Glance Oxford Wiley-Blackwell 66-67
Burr SA & Leung YL 2014 'Curare (D-Tubocurarine)' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1088-1089
Burr SA & Leung YL 2014 'Cyanide' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1093-1095
Burr SA 2014 'Cypermethrin' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1120-1121
Burr SA 2014 'DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1141-1143
Burr SA 2014 'Deltamethrin' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1158-1159
Burr SA 2014 'Gas transport' in Randall MD Medical Sciences at a Glance Oxford Wiley-Blackwell 64-65
Ray DE & Burr SA 2014 'Pyrethrins/Pyrethroids' in Wexler P Encyclopedia of Toxicology USA Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 1152-1158
Burr SA 2014 'Respiratory pathophysiology' in Randall MD Medical Sciences at a Glance Oxford Wiley-Blackwell 70-71
Burr SA 2014 'Respiratory physiology' in Randall MD Medical Sciences at a Glance Oxford Wiley-Blackwell 62-63