Human Movement and Rehabilitation
The Human Movement and Rehabilitation group addresses important global health and social care trends that limit people’s mobility, their ability to live independently and are barriers to maximising their life experiences. This includes the global growth in those with arthritic joint disease (the leading cause of disability globally), diabetes, and people with cardiovascular and neurological disease (with associated major health and societal costs and elevated mortality rates) and the associated serious complications (e.g. amputations).
Our research focuses on rehabilitation and clinical movement sciences, spanning the continuum from underpinning sciences and laboratory based research, through to the development of novel technologies and implementation into clinical and work place practices. Our breadth spans engineering and computational modelling through to health behaviour, social sciences and qualitative research.
Led by six Professors (Hammond, Howard, Jones, Kenney, Nester and Granat) and we are a vibrant collaborative community of more than 50 people, including Senior Research Fellows, Lecturers and Senior Lecturers, research staff and post graduate students from across the globe.
Funded by over £7M in research awards over 30 projects, we have published over 500 papers in peer-reviewed journal since 2015 and are a leading centre for research, Doctoral training and partnership between academia, industry and clinical practice. Since 2019 the group has hosted the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Key topics include:
- Kinematics and kinetics of the lower limb in walking, running and daily physical activities
- Changes in gait and movement from birth to active aging
- Movement disability in stroke and musculoskeltal disorders
- Musculoskeletal tissue form and function.
- Stroke rehabilitation.
- Knee osteoarthritis.
- Management of osteoarthritis pain.
- Work place health and wellbeing
- Measurement of free-living physical behaviour.
- Measurement of outcomes in movement disorders
- Upper and Lower limb prosthetic, design, function and use
- Orthotics for improved gait and clinical outcomes
- Design and evaluation of assistive technologies to improve mobility.
- Rehabilitation services
- Neural stimulation systems for upper and lower limb movement control.