Optimising health through activity and lifestyles

Our high quality applied research aims to enable and promote healthy living and activity in acute and chronic disease and in individuals recovering from illness or injury.

Research Theme

Our interdisciplinary experts work in a variety of settings. We aim to develop a better understanding of the physical mechanisms and effects of acute and chronic conditions, disease and injury on function and health. Through this improved understanding, we develop novel clinical assessments and above all work to inform the efficient, evaluation of active interventions to reduce the impact of these conditions on individuals in their communities.

Our work in human motion analysis; function, physical activity, and health; and home, hospital, and community benefits from our established expertise in mixed methods research, complex interventions and service evaluations. We also work closely with user groups and charities. In this way, we ensure that our research has an impact on health across the continuum of function, from tasks of daily living in social and nursing care to rehabilitation in chronic health conditions and further in high performance athletes. Wherever possible, we seek to optimise broad ranging collaborations with leading research groups within Cardiff University and beyond to deliver world class research with high impact in the field.

Find out more about our collaboration with Cardiff Huntington's Disease Centre to promote exercise and activity.

Our Research team is currently carrying out a study with novice competitors in a major international half marathon to discover what motivates people to run. Read a news article about this study.

Research Theme Lead

Kate Button

Dr Kate Button

Senior Lecturer & Director of Research Governance

+44 (0)29 206 87734

Deputy Theme Lead

Gale, Nichola

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

+44 (0)29 206 87758

Note: Previously known as the repair, re-ablement, rehabilitation and recovery theme.