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Dr Rebecca Hamilton

Dr Rebecca Hamilton

Research associate / coordinator

School of Engineering

T0.17, Trevithick Building, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I joined the team at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility (MSKBRF) in January 2020 as PDRA supporting projects funded by EPSRC, Versus Arthritis and the Welsh Government. This includes research projects that investigate gait analysis for osteoarthritis (OA) patients, dataset integration and analysis, nociception measurement and wearable sensor development and integration. Due to restrictions on lab-based patient assessments, I have also focussed on the availability and development of remote/wearable biomechanics technology with expectations of future developments in this area. The facility also provides essential clinical gait analysis with the Rehabilitation Engineering Unit at Cardiff and Vale NHS contributing to clinical treatment decisions. I also support teaching for undergraduate medical engineering students including supervising and assessing undergraduate projects.

The other part of my role involves work as a research coordinator for the OATech+ Network, a research network that aims to drive forward technology development in osteoarthritis research. This is a UK wide network collaborating with several leading institutions and involves presenting and coordinating the research outputs from the Network.

My interests in rehabilitation and therapeutics stemmed from a background in sport science and developed into using biomechanics to benefit clinical-based assessments. Direct involvement with clinical populations has been a key element to my interest in this work and progressed my learning in clinical trial studies. This has included working with musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative conditions in both adults and children.

I am passionate about movement health and improving research and human applicable anaylsis in this area. As a sports and outdoor enthusiast, I am keen to encourage healthy levels of mobility, and contribute to this area of knowledge with research and teaching development.



I support teaching for undergraduate medical engineering students including the supervision and assessment of undergraduate projects.

During the years of completing my PhD, I retained continued involvement in teaching undergraduate students in introductory and intermediate sport biomechanics, exercise physiology and foundations of applied sport science modules. During this time I gained an Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy and remain enthusiastic towards teaching.