Exercise Sciences research laboratories
Our department has a range of specialist laboratories working in Exercise Sciences research.
Our biomechanics laboratory is fully equipped to collect and analyse almost any aspect of human movement.
We have a 14-camera 3D motion capture system (Vicon system) combined with force plates, a spilt-belt force-sensing treadmill, and a 16-channel wireless EMG system, which allow the collection of both 3D kinematic and kinetic data for any movements.
We collaborate with neurologists, surgeons, radiologists, biologists and bioengineers, providing our students with practical experience in a variety of clinical and functional aspects of biomechanics, neuromechanics, and the interaction between neural and musculoskeletal systems to produce coordinated movement.
Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Laboratories
The researchers in our clinical exercise physiology laboratory study the adaptive responses which occur in human cardiopulmonary, vascular, neural, musculoskeletal and metabolic systems.
They use a variety of methods and approaches, ranging from basic science and experimental investigations through to clinical trials.
Exercise Nutrition and Neurometabolism Laboratory
We investigate brain fatigue and examine interventions that improve brain health and performance.
Our research uncovers the brain’s role in controlling metabolism. We manipulate the body’s energy reserves and oxygen supply in the laboratory to discover the mechanisms involved in these processes.
Exercise and Muscle Physiology Laboratory
Research in this laboratory seeks to discover and explain the physiological processes and regulation of skeletal muscle adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity.
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory
The movement neuroscience laboratory performs research in the fields of neurophysiology, neurorehabilitation, neuromodulation, neural plasticity, neuromechanics and human brain imaging.
We collaborate with researchers and clinicians in Neurology and Allied Health professions on projects related to recovery of motor function after stroke, and on movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and impulse control disorders.