The Department has several internationally renowned researchers in the fields of musculoskeletal (Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine - CHESM), paediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, exercise oncology and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.
Research focus is on neurodevelopment of pre-term children, children with Cerebral palsy, and Autism.
Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation (CHESM)
The Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine's research focuses on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and knee and hip injuries with the aim being to reduce the burden of these conditions through conservative, non-drug therapies. It includes aspects of biomechanics and movement examining the mechanical interaction between bone and soft tissue during movement in healthy and pathological populations.
Acute Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation
The two main areas of research are rehabilitation after critical illness and major abdominal and cardiac surgery.
This research focuses on improving a person's ability to care for themselves and optimise their outcome from a neurological event or condition such as traumatic brain injury or Parkinson disease.
This is an emerging area of research worldwide. We are researching lung cancer and pelvic cancer tumour streams.