|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,609 annual stipend, plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.|
|Placed On:||13th May 2022|
|Closes:||18th July 2022|
Validating a simple measure for assessing the health of an individual’s gait
The School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is offering a fully-funded studentship with an annual stipend of £15,609, plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.
The start date is October 2022
During daily life activities we encounter different environments/challenges (e.g. walking to the shops), which are key to an individual’s quality-of-life. When age, injury or disease creates movement difficulties, rapid health deterioration and loss in quality-of-life occur. Therefore, maintaining healthy gait across the population is vital for personal well-being and to reduce socioeconomic health burden.
Reduced order models of locomotion describe walking and running, and are constructed using simple variables, (i.e. CoM) with known movement ranges. This makes them ideal for building multi-use models of gait health; adding Bayesian estimation and MCMC methodologies into the model allows incorporation of prior cycle knowledge that is necessary for modelling cyclical gait cycles. Simple variables need to be validated for consistency across tasks (i.e. obstacle clearance), environments and applicability as simple screening tools. This validation could generate a ‘gait health’ assessment tool to assess intervention success, fall risk and track pathology progression. The aims are:
BSc (2:1 or above) in:
This project will be supervised by three experienced members of research staff from across two different schools; Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery (lead supervisor) and Dr Matthew Taylor from The School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences, and Dr Jackie Wong Siaw Tze from The Department of Mathematical Sciences. To have an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Aleksandra on firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Application closing date: 18 July 2022
You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.
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