Dr Dimitra Blana

Dr Dimitra Blana
Dr Dimitra Blana

Dr Dimitra Blana


Accepting PhDs



I received my B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2001. I went on to earn my M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in 2003, and PhD from the same institute in 2008.

I am a member of the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science, and I develop and use computational tools with the aim to improve human health.

I am very active in public engagement with research. I aim to be an advocate for women in science, and encourage young people to consider careers in STEM.  

I am increasingly interested in open and reproducible research, and as a Mozilla Open Leader I have developed an online platform for sharing code and expertise for clinical movement analysis.


Research Overview

I develop computational tools, design experiments and analyse data to address clinical needs in the area of human movement disorders.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences, Engineering.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Applied Health Sciences

Accepting PhDs


Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Bioinformatics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Knowledge Exchange

Funding and Grants

  • NHS Grampian Endowment grant: Integrating real time surveillance and dynamic modelling of COVID-19 in Grampian to inform an adaptive healthcare response, 2020-2021
  • Clinical movement analysis society (CMAS) small grant: A free online platform for sharing movement analysis code and resources, 2019
  • EPSRC Healthcare Technologies grant: Personalised approach to restoration of arm function in people with high-level tetraplegia, 2018-2021 
  • Innovation Fund from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Intelligent FES for restoring arm movement in people with tetraplegia, 2018
  • RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalysts: Co-Production and Creativity: ethos, typologies and innovation in public engagement practice, 2017 - 2018
  • Keele Innovation Fund: Using digitally enhanced creative methods to engage the community with biomedical engineering research, 2017
  • Orthopaedic Institute / Keele ACORN PhD studentship: Biomechanical modelling of toe walking gait to inform the prescription of ankle foot orthoses in children with cerebral palsy, 2016 - 2019
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH): Intracortical control of FES-restored arm and hand function in people with spinal cord injury, subcontract with Case Western Reserve University, 2015 - 2017
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH): Prosthesis Control by Forward Dynamic Simulation of the Intact Biomedical System, subcontract with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2013 - 2015

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the coordinator of the MSc in Health Data Science.

I contribute to the courses PU5532 (Health Informatics) and EG555J (Research Methods for Bioengineers)


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  • Briefing: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the clinically extremely vulnerable population

    Hodgson, K., Butler, J., Davies, A., Houston, S., Marszalek, K., Peytrignet, S., Piroddi, R., Wood, F., Deeny, S., Network Data Lab, Ball, W., Black, C., Blana, D., Dymiter, J., Gordon, S., Lumsden, J., Martin, A., Nath, M., Rzewuska, M., Sawhney, S., Scheliga, B., Wilde, K., Wozniak, A.
    The Health Foundation. 32 pages
    Books and Reports: Other Reports
  • A comparative evaluation of time-delay, deep learning and echo state neural networks when used as simulated transhumeral prosthesis controllers

    Day, C. R., Chadwick, E. K., Blana, D.
    2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. [9206772] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. 7 pages.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Model-based control of individual finger movements for prosthetic hand function

    Blana, D., van den Bogert, A. J., Murray, W. M., Ganguly, A., Krasoulis, A., Nazarpour, K., Chadwick, E. K.
    IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 612-620
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Stabilizing Function of Superficial Shoulder Muscles Changes Between Single-Plane Elevation and Reaching Tasks

    Ameln, D. J. D., Chadwick, E. K., Blana, D., Murgia, A.
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 564-572
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Study of the measurement and predictive validity of the Functional Movement Screen

    Philp, F., Blana, D., Chadwick, E. K., Stewart, C., Stapleton, C., Major, K., Pandyan, A. D.
    BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, vol. 4, no. 1, e000357
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Real-time simulation of hand motion for prosthesis control

    Blana, D., Chadwick, E. K., van den Bogert, A. J., Murray, W. M.
    Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 540-549
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Feasibility of using combined EMG and kinematic signals for prosthesis control: A simulation study using a virtual reality environment

    Blana, D., Kyriacou, T., Lambrecht, J. M., Chadwick, E. K.
    Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology, vol. 29, pp. 21-27
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An optimized proportional-derivative controller for the human upper extremity with gravity

    Jagodnik, K., Blana, D., van den Bogert, A., Kirsch, R.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 48, no. 13, pp. 3692-3700
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Real-Time Simulation of Three-Dimensional Shoulder Girdle and Arm Dynamics

    Chadwick, E. K., Blana, D., Kirsch, R. F., van den Bogert, A. J.
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 61, no. 7, pp. 1947-1956
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Glenohumeral stability during a hand-positioning task in previously injured shoulders

    Marchi, J., Blana, D., Chadwick, E. K.
    Medical & biological engineering & computing, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 251-256
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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