Biomechanical modelling in movement and rehabilitation

Biomechanical modelling in movement and rehabilitation

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This seminar is a part of School of Engineering's inaugural seminar series showcasing work and research direction of new appointees as a part of University's Strategic Investment in Academic Growth

Abstract of the talk:

The focus of Dr Chadwick’s research is the development and optimisation of assistive technologies and rehabilitation interventions for people with activity-limiting movement disorders. These may arise through neuro-musculoskeletal injuries such as spinal or other nerve injuries, limb loss, or acquired brain injuries including stroke. Mathematical description of the neuro-musculoskeletal system can be used to improve understanding of the normal and pathological function of the limbs, and can be used in the development of devices to personalise interventions for specific individuals.

In this talk, Dr Chadwick will discuss biomechanical, computational models of the musculoskeletal system and describe their use in the development of assistive technologies. He will focus on two areas in particular: the use of patient-specific musculoskeletal models to optimise an electrical stimulation intervention for restoring movement in people with high-level spinal injuries, and the use of real-time musculoskeletal modelling for prosthesis control in upper limb amputees. He will also briefly outline plans for future research in this area within the School.

Short biography of Dr Edward Chadwick:

After completing his first degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Dr Chadwick decided to pursue his interest in medical applications of engineering through a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde. Since then he has developed his research expertise in the biomechanics of movement and rehabilitation and has recently started an MSc programme in Biomedical Engineering in the School.

Following international post-doctoral positions at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands (where he developed expertise in musculoskeletal modelling and became the Chair of the International Shoulder Group), and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (where he learned about spinal cord injury at the Cleveland FES Center), he returned to the UK to lecture in Biomechanics at the University of Aberystwyth. In 2012 he moved to Keele University’s Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, where he led a research group in Healthcare Technologies.

Dr Chadwick was delighted to be able to return to Scotland in October 2019 when he joined the School of Engineering at Aberdeen as a Reader in Bioengineering.

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