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Dr Kate Button 

Kate Button of the School of Healthcare Studies
Position:Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Telephone:+44 (0)29 206 87734
Location:Room 2.20, Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

My research interests are musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation. I have experience in movement analysis research within the Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology and the Clinical setting. I have been awarded a 3 year NISCHR clinical fellowship that aims to develop a new physiotherapy intervention that will empower patients to self-manage their knee condition in the primary care setting. This will be achieved by evaluating the evidence for self-care interventions that already exist, obtaining a better understanding of what physiotherapy patients currently receive and which interventions are most beneficial and finding out from patients what their requirements are to help them manage their knee conditions. In addition, collaboration with the School of Computer science and Health Informatics, Cardiff University has resulted in the development of iKnee, a web based health informatics application that will form the basis for the self-care rehabilitation intervention. 

I am a member of a team of researchers within the School of Healthcare Studies and Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre, Cardiff University. Projects that I am involved in are:

  • An evaluation of biomechanical strategies used by individuals with Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries during functional tasks and implications for treatment.
  • An evaluation of predictors of Osteoarthritis and development of preventative rehabilitation interventions.
  • Optimising functional movement in knee injured patients using real-time virtual reality feedback to develop novel exercise interventions.

Finally in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and Health Informatics we are developing an ontology for knee conditions and rehabilitation.