Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT)

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Summary

Our aim is to improve health, quality of life and healthcare provision by solving complex biomechanical issues through highly innovative and integrated approaches. Our vision is to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal biomechanics through research and scholarship.

Our aim

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 various 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, the key areas of research interests 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 various UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including:

  • 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, thereby, 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, which imposes a major health and economic burden. The team has also made a substantial contribution to understand 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 specialties and sports and exercise science. In addition to world-leading academics, our list of visiting fellows and professors also includes leaders from the industry and senior consultants within various clinical specialties. In terms of the infrastructure supporting this work, the biomechanics facility within Staffordshire University campus includes 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).

Group leader

Professor Nachiappan Chockalingam

Professor Of Clinical Biomechanics

As Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, I direct the Movement Analysis Laboratory and lead the biomechanics team and research at Staffordshire University. I am also an Affiliate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta and…

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Researchers within Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies (CBRT)

Professor Roozbeh Naemi

Professor In Biomechanics

Roozbeh leads the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Sciences, an award within the School of Life Sciences and Education. As a Professor in Biomechanics, he has made seminal contributions to generating knowledge in the area of biomechanics sin…

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Dr Panagiotis Chatzistergos

Associate Professor

My current role is focused on applied research in the fields of musculoskeletal biomechanics and medical devices and among others involves identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant applications and participating in industry-led research…

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Dr Aoife Healy

Associate Professor

I joined Staffordshire University as a KTP research associate on project examining diabetic footwear in October 2009. In 2006 I graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. Following this I completed an MS…

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Helen Branthwaite

Senior Lecturer

Helen has a fond love of shoes and has focused her expertise and knowledge into the function of shoes and the impact on foot mechanics and development of deformity. She also has a strong interest in human mechanics and the development of injury …

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Robert Needham

Lecturer

Robert's research background is in the areas of sport and clinical biomechanics. The focus of his research is on the application of non-linear data analysis techniques to quantify movement coordination and coordination variability. Robert's rese…

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Philip Walker

Senior Lecturer

Philip's expertise lies as a sport and exercise scientist, specialising at master's level in Strength and Conditioning. Philip has many years of coaching experience in a wide range of sport, at all levels.

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Dr Nicola Eddison

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020