The research within the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT) focuses on bringing healthcare solutions and addressing issues related to diseases that remain a public health concern. The centre has an excellent track record of academic achievements, research accomplishments and industry experience which is evidenced through scientific publications and collaboration with industry partners and health services sectors across various countries.
Currently, key areas of research are:
- Evidence-based musculo-skeletal clinical practice
- Assistive Technologies
- Tissue mechanics and the biomechanics of the diabetic foot
- Footwear biomechanics and use of innovative design and technology including additive manufacturing
- Effective orthotic intervention, insoles and prescription footwear
- Spinal biomechanics and aetiopathology of scoliosis
Our research aligns with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- Goal 3 - Good health and well-being
- Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- Goal 10 - Reducing health inequalities
We resolve complex healthcare issues by breaking them into answerable research questions to expound the knowledge and understanding of the chosen field of interest. We strive towards effectively answering the research questions, drawing insights and bringing applicable solutions to various health problems. We employ a mixed-methods approach, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to address the research questions.
Our research on footwear aims at improving functionality and comfort for every day and prescription footwear. Furthermore, our research on predicting the risk for diabetic foot ulcers aims to aid the prevention of amputations that impose major health and economic burdens.
The team has also made a substantial contribution to understanding the aetiopathology of scoliosis and its conservative and surgical management. The current work in this area involves novel imaging modalities and image processing along with protocol development for kinematic assessment of the back and spine.
Staff within CBRT have a wide range of expertise and experience in a variety of subject areas ranging from engineering and mathematics to clinical specialities and sports and exercise science. In addition to world-leading academics, our visiting fellows and professors include leaders from the industry and senior consultants within a variety of clinical specialities.
The biomechanics facilities within Staffordshire University available to support our work include a fully equipped biomechanics laboratory with ample space and a consultation room equipped for clinical use. In addition to Gait Analysis using the state-of-the-art 3D movement analysis system along with force and pressure platforms, we have the capability for mechanical modelling of materials using Finite Element Analyses. We have shear wave ultrasonography, thermal imaging and other associated physiological measurement systems used to assess human performance. We also test the mechanical behaviour of footwear, orthotic and prosthetic components and other structures using a Universal Testing Machine (Instron).