Active Ageing Research Group is committed to helping older individuals maintain independence and quality of life through scientific research which can be readily used and translated into practical applications; in other words, focusing on impact, without compromising scientific rigour.
Physical degeneration is a consequence of older age, and it can severely affect quality of life. The potentially disabling effects of ageing, however, can be mitigated with regular physical activity.
Maintaining functional ability and consequently independent living is of prime importance for the individuals concerned, so they can live longer and enjoy more fulfilled retirement years. Additionally, it can relieve the inevitable stress on the NHS, with the number of people aged 65+ projected to rise by nearly 50% in the next 20 years.
The Active Ageing Research Group's projects are developed from consultation with relevant stakeholders, from relevant agencies or gaps in our knowledge. The following are examples of ongoing projects:
- Effects of handgrip on static and dynamic postural stability
- Effects of head movement on gait and gait initiation
- Muscle characteristics and behaviour of older females
- Effect of visual strategies on gait
If you have an idea that you would like to discuss, you want to get involved in one of the projects or want to discuss a possible collaboration, please contact us.
Dr Susan Dewhurst (Group Leader)
Susan has a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Prior to starting her lecturing career, she spent time as a researching fellow at Aalborg University in Denmark and the University of Motor Science in Rome, Italy.
Dr Theodoros Bampouras
Theo holds a PhD in muscle mechanics and has been involved with several research and applied projects. His research involves studies in the areas of muscle mechanics, function and performance as well as muscle assessment issues, and measurement validity and reliability.
Dr Tim Donovan
Tim has worked as a clinical radiographer in research environments specialising in nuclear medicine and MRI. In 2008, he completed his PhD looking at ways performance could be improved in medical image interpretation, principally using eye tracking. Since then most of his research has used eye tracking and experimental psychology methods to help understand rapid visual processing and decision making.
Dr Lawrence Hayes
Lawrence’s research area is the effect of exercise on systemic biomarkers. His primary research area is exercise endocrinology in older populations, completing a PhD studying the influence of exercise training, and training status, on reproductive hormones. However, Lawrence has broader interests in applied physiology, metabolism, and exercise biochemistry.
For more information about the Active Ageing Research Group’s work, project or collaboration ideas, please contact us below – we will be happy to hear from you!
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Call us on +44 1524 590839 (Susan) or +44 1524 590837 (Theo)
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