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Neuromusculoskeletal Function through the Ages:

Dr Neale Tillin is leading work on understanding the neuromechanics of dynamic explosive voluntary muscle contractions. These types of contractions are important for healthy human function (e.g., re-stabilising the body following a loss of balance) as well as sport performance (e.g., sprinting). Neale is also involved in research investigating adaptations of the neuromuscular and muscle-tendon systems to resistance training.

Dr Siobhan Strike and Alison Carlisle are collaborating with Dr Simon Dyall (University of Bournemouth) and Dr Leigh Gibson to investigate the effect of dietary intervention on movement patterns (e.g. walking, jumping) and cognitive function.

Dr Ceri Diss is examining the underpinning mechanical adaptations that change with age and how they affect dynamic performance through cross section and longitudinal studies.

Dr Jin Luo is currently working on the influence of ageing and osteoporosis on the mechanical property and function of human spine. He is aiming to develop novel technologies and exercise interventions to promote healthy ageing and to treat ageing-related musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis.

Extreme Environments:

Dr Chris Tyler is leading research in to the effect that very hot or very cold temperatures have on the human body. The main focus is on ways to combat the impaired performance observed in hot compared to cooler conditions. This work takes a mixed-methods approach and current projects involve external cooling interventions, heat acclimation and nutritional supplementation. Dr Neale Tillin and Dr Chris Tyler are currently collaborating on research investigating neuromuscular responses to exercise in hot environments. At the other end of the temperature extreme Dr Tyler is investigating the effect that exposure to very cold temperatures has on peripheral blood flow and this work has taken place in the laboratory at the University of Roehampton and in Antarctica.

Amputee Mobility:

Dr Siobhan Strike and Dr Ceri Diss are investigating the compensatory mechanisms adopted by amputees to complete dynamic movements (e.g. running and jumping). The work is developing our understanding of how amputees can maintain a safe and sustained exercise routine.