Professor Edward Chadwick

Professor Edward Chadwick
Professor Edward Chadwick
Professor Edward Chadwick

BEng, PhD, CEng, FHEA, MIPEM

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs

About
Email Address
edward.chadwick@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273840
Office Address
362 Fraser Noble Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UE

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School/Department
School of Engineering

Biography

Prof Chadwick is a Biomedical Engineer with research interests in biomechanics, modelling and simulation of human movement, and rehabilitation engineering. After gaining a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University, he went on to complete a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Following international post-doctoral positions at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he returned to the UK in 2008. He was a Lecturer in Biomechanics at the University of Aberystwyth until 2012, and Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at Keele University until 2019.

Prof Chadwick joined the School of Engineering at Aberdeen as Reader in Bioengineering in October 2019, and became Director of Research for the School and Professor of Bioengineering in 2022.

Qualifications

  • PhD Bioengineering 
    1999 - Strathclyde University 
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering 
    1993 - University of Nottingham 
  • PGC Teaching in Higher Education 
    2012 - Aberystwyth University 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
External Memberships

Prof Chadwick has a number of roles external to the University:

Latest Publications

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Research

Research Overview

The goal of my research is to apply engineering principles to facilitate restoration of function in people with activity-limiting movement disorders of the upper limb arising from neuromuscular conditions, orthopaedic problems and limb difference. The restoration of function can allow the resumption of independent living, the maintenance of health through exercise and the reduction of pain and discomfort.

My areas of expertise are in shoulder biomechanics, modelling and simulation of movement, human movement analysis, Functional Electrical Stimulation and advanced prosthetic devices.

Research Areas

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Engineering

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Rehabilitation Studies
  • Mathematical Modelling

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.

Current Research

One of my main areas of research currently is the development of real-time models for the simulation of arm and hand function. A musculoskeletal model that can simulate the dynamics of the human arm in real time allows the creation of a realistic 'virtual arm'. This can be used as a replacement for the real arm in the development and testing of advanced neural prosthesis systems, or as a controller for a myoelectric prosthesis. This also allows rapid development and extensive testing of complex devices whilst reducing the burden on human participants.

Alongside bioengineering and the development of assistive technologies, I am interested in understanding more about the normal and pathological function of the upper limb musculoskeletal system, in particular the shoulder. As such, part of my work also attempts to apply the modelling and simulation tools that we develop to understanding more about shoulder function and stability, both in terms of the glenohumeral joint and control of the scapula.

Finally, I am working with clinical colleagues at a specialist orthopaedic hospital on a project to improve the understanding of foot deformity in children with cerebral palsy. It is hoped that better understanding through advanced measurement and modelling will lead to better treatments to address pain and mobility issues.

Funding and Grants

  • 2021 – 24 Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation, Shoulder instability in children: understanding muscle activity and movement pattern differences, Co-I, £30k.
  • 2021 – 23 Action Medical Research, Exploration of the role of subtalar joint morphology in the development of foot deformity in cerebral palsy, Co-I, £148k.
  • 2018 – 22 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Personalised approach to restoration of arm function in people with high-level tetraplegia, PI, £387k.
  • 2017 – 18 Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Intelligent FES for restoring arm movement in people with tetraplegia, PI, £10k.
  • 2016 – 19 Orthopaedic Institute, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Biomechanical modelling of toe walking gait to inform the prescription of ankle foot orthoses in children with cerebral palsy (AFOs), Co-Investigator, £44k.
  • 2015–20 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Intracortical control of FES-restored arm and hand function in people with SCI, subcontract with Case Western Reserve University, £38k.
  • 2015–18 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Enabling Technologies for Sensory Feedback in Next-Generation Assistive Devices, Co-Investigator, collaboration with Newcastle (lead), Leeds, Essex, Southampton and Imperial College, £1.44m.
  • 2014–17 Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Image-based estimation of musculoskeletal parameters for patient-specific modelling, PhD studentship, £53k.
  • 2014–16 Guy Hilton Asthma Trust, Validation of Structured Light Plethysmography in Acute Viral Bronchiolitis, Principal Investigator, collaboration with University Hospitals of North Midlands, £30k.
  • 2013–15 Pneumacare Ltd, Validation of Structured Light Plethysmography: Pre/Post Bronchodilation Challenge, Principal Investigator, collaboration with University Hospitals of North Midlands, £29k.
  • 2012–15 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH subcontract via Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Software development for musculoskeletal simulations, £31k.
  • 2013–14 Keele University MRC Centenary Funding (Bridging the Gaps), Continuous control of advanced myoelectric prostheses, PI, £6.5k.
  • 2006–8 Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center, Prosthetic arm control device for amputees, Research Co-investigator.
  • 2005–8 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Controller development for upper limb movement, Research Co-investigator.
  • 2005–8 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), Restoration of Hand and Arm Function by Functional Electrical Stimulation, Research Coinvestigator.
Teaching

Programmes

Teaching Responsibilities

Prof Chadwick’s teaching focuses mainly on biomechanics, healthcare technologies, medical devices and other areas related to biomedical engineering.

Programme Lead

 Course Coordinator

  • Fundamentals of Engineering in Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechanics

Past Contributions

  • Research Methods for Bioengineers
  • Introduction to Engineering for Life Scientists
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Fearsome Engines

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Individual project supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Publications

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  • Neural network controller for an upper extremity neuroprosthesis

    Hincapié, J. G., Blana, D., Chadwick, E., Kirsch, R. F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Evaluation of test regimes for stab-resistant body armour

    Walker, C., Gray, T., Nicol, A., Chadwick, E.
    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part L, Journal of Materials - Design and Applications, vol. 218, no. 4, pp. 355-361
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effectiveness of tendon transfers for massive rotator cuff tears: a simulation study

    Magermans, D., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., Rozing, P., Van der Helm, F.
    Clinical Biomechanics, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 116-122
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Adaptive neural network controller for an upper extremity neuroprosthesis

    Hincapie, J. G., Blana, D., Chadwick, E., Kirsch, R. F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Biomechanical analysis of scapular neck malunion--a simulation study

    Chadwick, E., Van Noort, A., Van Der Helm, F.
    Clinical Biomechanics, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 906-912
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Biomechanical analysis of tendon transfers for massive rotator cuff tears

    Magermans, D., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., Van der Helm, F., Rozing, P.
    Clinical Biomechanics, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 350-357
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Toward standardized procedures for recording and describing 3-D shoulder movements

    Veeger, H., van dee Helm, F., Chadwick, E., Magermans, D.
    Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, Computers, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 440-446
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Muscle oxygen consumption, determined by NIRS, in relation to external force and EMG

    Praagman, M., Veeger, H., Chadwick, E., Colier, W., Van Der Helm, F.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 905-912
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Discriminating factors for functional outcome after shoulder arthroplasty a critical review of the literature

    Magermans, D. J., SMITS, N. A., CHADWICK, E. J., Veeger, D., VAN DER HELM, F. T., Rozing, P.
    Acta Orthopaedica Belgica, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 127-136
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • BIOMECHANICAL MODELLING FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED SURGICAL PLANNING

    Chadwick, E., van der Helm, F.
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Combined inverse/forward dynamic optimization of a large-scale biomechanical model of the shoulder and elbow

    Chadwick, E., Van Der Helm, F.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Mechanical load in the shoulder during wheelchair-related activities

    van Drongelen, S., van der Woude, L., Janssen, T., Angenot, E., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Musculo-skeletal modelling of the shoulder

    Chadwick, E., Van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • A forward-dynamic shoulder and elbow model

    van der Helm, F. C., Chadwick, E. K.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Biomechanical analysis of scapular neck misalignment after fracture

    Chadwick, E. K., van Noort, A., van der Werken, C., van der Helm, F. C.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Kinematics during selected activities of daily in patients with a shoulder endoprosthesis

    Magermans, D., Nagels, J., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., van der Helm, F.
    Gait and Posture, vol. 16, pp. 164-164
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Motion patterns of the shoulder for patients with a shoulder endoprosthesis during combing hair

    Magermans, D., Nagels, J., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., Van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Relationship between mechanical cost functions and muscle oxygen consumption

    Praagman, M., Veeger, H., van der Helm, F., Chadwick, E.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Upper extremity musculoskeletal models: can they be used for computer assisted surgery?

    Chadwick, E.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • A novel force transducer for the measurement of grip force

    Chadwick, E., Nicol, A.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 125-128
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A large-scale musculoskeletal model of the shoulder and elbow: The Delft Shoulder (and elbow) Model

    van der Helm, F., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Computer assisted surgery of the shoulder: validation of a model using a tendon transfer operation

    Chadwick, E., Rotteveel, R., van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Functional elevation of the shoulder

    Magermans, D., Smits, N., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Modelling shoulder function and strength after scapular neck fracture

    Chadwick, E., Noort, A., van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Motions of the shoulder during activities of daily living

    Magermans, D., Smits, N., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Proceedings of the third conference of the international shoulder group

    Chadwick, E. (ed.), Veeger, H. (ed.), van der Helm, F. (ed.), Nagels, J. (ed.)
    DUP Science, The Netherlands, Delft
    Books and Reports: Books
  • The effect of the rotator cuff on glenohumeral function during activities of daily living

    Magermans, D., Chadwick, E., Veeger, H., van der Helm, F.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Elbow and wrist joint contact forces during occupational pick and place activities

    Chadwick, E., Nicol, A.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 591-600
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A telemetry-based device to determine the force--displacement behaviour of materials in high impact loading situations

    Chadwick, E., Nicol, A., Floyd, S., Gray, T.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 361-365
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Biomechanics of knife stab attacks

    Chadwick, E., Nicol, A., Lane, J., Gray, T.
    Forensic Science International, vol. 105, no. 1, pp. 35-44
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Forces in the structures of the forearm during activities of daily living

    Chadwick, E., Nicol, A.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 31, no. Supplement 1, pp. 161
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Investigation of knife stab characteristics

    Chadwick, E., Lane, J., Nicol, A., Gray, T.
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 31, no. Supplement 1, pp. 45
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
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