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Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility

Monitoring movement at the facility

We provide an integrated, state-of-the-art centre for musculoskeletal biomechanics and bioengineering research.

Our aims

The facility was set up to expand our research into osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal biomechanics. We aim to:

  • develop research into disease and treatment including surgery and rehabilitation monitoring
  • support research and teaching across the University
  • provide a resource for clinicians, stakeholders and partners
  • provide an NHS referral space for clinical gait analysis
  • provide access to sports teams and businesses requiring biomechanical, clinical or physiological data
  • attract international researchers and maintain research excellence.

Our facility

Our facility is located on the ground floor of the Trevithick Building in the School of Engineering. It currently houses:

  • a clinical human movement laboratory
  • a teaching human movement laboratory
  • a fluoroscopy and human movement laboratory
  • a MicroCT scanning room
  • a clinical assessment/venopuncture room.

We also have training and meeting rooms, research offices, a visitor waiting area, controlled access plus dedicated changing and bathroom facilities for patients.

Technical features

  • Each human movement laboratory houses 12 Qualisys motion capture cameras, 4-6 Bertec force plates, Delsys wireless surface electromyography (EMG) sensors, instrumented staircases and specialised software for image segmentation, analysis and modeling.
  • The fluoroscopy laboratory has a bespoke high speed biplane video radiography system for imaging in-vivo joints.
  • In the clinical laboratory there is a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer and an instrumented treadmill.
  • The teaching laboratory houses a Hologic DXA scanner.
  • A platform based pressure/force measurement system, a Gaitrite pressure mat and Samsung RS80A Ultrasound system are portable across the facility.
  • Fully portable equipment includes XSens full-body inertial measurement sensors, an Artec 3D scanner, Gene Active activity monitors, cadaveric human joint analysis system, wireless research in-shoe pressure measurement system, Qualisys motion capture and video cameras, force plates and surface EMG/Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs).
  • The microCT room houses a Bruker SkyScan 1271.

We also offer technician support to operate the equipment.

Facility Director

Professor Cathy Holt

Professor Cathy Holt

Director of Biomechanics Research

+44 (0)29 2087 4533

Contact us

Please get in touch if you would like to view or book our facilities.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility