Dr Robert van Deursen
My research interests include the prevention and rehabilitation of lower limb complications due to diabetic neuropathy, mobility problems in chronic neurological disease, and rehabilitation of joint instability after knee injury. The effect of exercise on patients in the presence of movement disorders is a common thread in this research. This includes collaborative research with other schools within Cardiff University and with fellow researchers in the area of biomechanics in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. The research predominantly involves biomechanics applied to the clinical field of rehabilitation. Biomechanics is a powerful tool to explore movement but is not always well understood within the clinical environment. However, the need for good research in the area of rehabilitation is clearly present. It is therefore important to make biomechanics more available for research in this area by developing clinically relevant research methods and procedures so that appropriate evidence becomes more readily available.