Dr Dimitra Blana

Dr Dimitra Blana
Dr Dimitra Blana

Dr Dimitra Blana

Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

About

Biography

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

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

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Engineering

Supervising
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

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)

Publications

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  • Continuous neuronal ensemble control of simulated arm reaching by a human with tetraplegia.

    Chadwick, E., Blana, D., Simeral, J., Lambrecht, J., Kim, S., Cornwell, A., Taylor, D., Hochberg, L., Donoghue, J., Kirsch, R.
    Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 8, no. 3
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Combined feedforward and feedback control of a redundant, nonlinear, dynamic musculoskeletal system.

    Blana, D., Kirsch, R., Chadwick, E.
    Medical & biological engineering & computing
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A real-time, 3-D musculoskeletal model for dynamic simulation of arm movements.

    Chadwick, E., Blana, D., van den Bogert, A., Kirsch, R.
    IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Musculoskeletal model-guided, customizable selection of shoulder and elbow muscles for a C5 SCI neuroprosthesis.

    Hincapie, J., Blana, D., Chadwick, E., Kirsch, R.
    IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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