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Dr Mohammad Al-Amri

Dr Mohammad Al-Amri

Research Associate

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
al-amrim@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87115
Location:
Room 13.17, 13th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

My research includes much work on clinical applications of virtual reality to help in understanding human movement and gait applied to musculoskeletal, neurological, and neurodegenerative conditions as well as brain injury. In my research I am exploring the feasibility of using the latest movement analysis affordable technologies combined with purposely developed real-time biofeedback to advance healthcare. This involves development of a novel application based on using combined motor-cognitive tasks to detect subtle impairments in patients following brain injury and to develop physical-biomarkers of cognitive decline.

My ultimate research objective is to establish a world-class research group focused on developing a novel intelligent cost-effective real-time assessment, diagnostic, and self-management rehabilitation tool to improve functioned and quality of life for multiple patient populations.

I am a member of the Dementias Research Network, and the Traumatic Brain Injury clinical research group within Cardiff University.

I am a member of the HCARE Optimising health through activity and lifestyles research theme and co-managing its main state-of-the-art research facility.

I am the Chair of Membership & Nominations of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation and a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)’s Academic Advisory Group.

I obtained my PhD in Rehabilitation Engineering from the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at University of Surrey in 2013. During my PhD studies, I have had considerable research experience in several biomedical engineering fields including Virtual Rehabilitation and Clinical Movement Analysis. This allowed me to develop the Surrey Virtual Rehabilitation System (SVRS) from basic components including software development and a Real-time Treadmill Speed Control Algorithm, which is considered appropriate for gait rehabilitation protocols.

Current Committee Involvement:

  • Chair of Membership & Nominations of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation (ISVR).
  • Academic Researcher Representative of the School of Healthcare in the Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA).
  • Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)’s Academic Advisory Group.
  • Member of Athena Swan Sub Committee, Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences.
  • Board Member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation.

Referee Assignments

I have acted as peer reviewer for the following academic journals:

  • Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.

I acted as a reviewer for the following peer-reviewed international conferences:

  • The 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies with ArtAbilitation
  • The WSEAS International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Biomedical Informatics.
  • The 3rd IEEEAM International conference on Circuits, Systems, Control, Signals.
  • The 1st International Conference on Health Science and Biomedical Systems.

Conference Scientific Committee Memberships

  • The 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies with ArtAbilitation.
  • The 6th WSEAS International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Biomedical Informatics.
  • Workshop on Game Abilitation and Virtual Reality Healthcare.

Previous Work History

  • Postgraduate Researcher, University of Surrey.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Surrey.
  • Laboratory Engineer, Yarmouk University.

Honours and awards

  • Prize of Best Poster presentation, 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (2013).
  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2010)
  • PhD Studentship from University of Surrey (2008 to 2012).
  • Royal Hashemite Undergraduate Studentship (2000 to 2005).

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation (ISVR).
  • The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
  • The Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).
  • Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN).
  • Jordan Engineering Association (JEA).

Speaking engagements

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador.
  • Cardiff University and the School of healthcare Sciences public engagement.
  • Involving People in Research.
  • Session Chair for the 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies with ArtAbilitation.
  • Jordanian Scientists & Technology Abroad Meeting.

Committees and reviewing

  • Academic Researcher Representative of the School of Healthcare in the Cardiff University Research Staff Association.
  • HCARE Athena Swan Sub Committee.

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2012

2011

  • Al-Amri, M., Ghoussayni, S. and Ewins, D. 2011. An overview of the Surrey virtual reality system in the rehabilitation of gait for children with cerebral palsy. Presented at: 11th WSEAS International Conference on Applied Informatics and Communications (AIC '11), 4th WSEAS International BEBI Conference (BEBI '11), Florence, Italy, 23-25 August 2011 Presented at Lazard, M. et al. eds.Recent Advances in Applied and Biomedical Informatics and Computational Engineering in Systems Applications - Proceedings of the 11th WSEAS International Conference on Applied Informatics and Communications (AIC '11) [...]. WSEAS Press pp. 210-215.

2009

2007

I teach Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care (HCT118_16A) at MSc level covering issues related to research dissemination and critical appraisal. I also teach the practical part of the Clinical Kinaesiology and Tissue Pathology (HCT226) at MSc level.

I supervise MSc students on the dissertations module. Current MSc project titles:

  • Effects of a Concurrent Working Memory Task on Gait Performance in Healthy Adults.
  • Effects of an Augmented Cognitive Inhabitation Task on Temporal-Spatial gait Parameters in Healthy Adults.

2013 to 2016: I have successfully supervised and co-supervised 6 MSc students. Dissertation titles include:

  • The Differences in Knee Kinetic and Kinematic Movement Patterns between Performing a Lunge Exercise and a Lunge Whilst Performing a Dual-Task.
  • The dual task effect of conversating while walking on gait spatiotemporal parameters in healthy young adults.
  • Biomechanical Assessment of Walking in Healthy Adults during Obstacles Negotiation.
  • The Effect of Dual-Task on Walking in Young Adults.
  • The Effect of Sloped Surfaces on Motor Control of Gait in Healthy Young Adults Using the Grail System.
  • Development of a Social Rehabilitation Application.

Virtual rehabilitation and movement science are exciting, technologically advanced and evolving fields that provide ample opportunities to foster my passion for research.  My interests in virtual rehabilitation and movement science research began during my PhD studies, where I designed a virtual rehabilitation system from basic components including software development and a Real-time Treadmill Speed Control Algorithm. This was the first demonstration of the transformation of virtual reality-based rehabilitation from laboratory research into a rehabilitation clinic.

Biofeedback:

Building on the foundations of my PhD research and utilising the strong movement science research environment in Cardiff University, I am investigating important motor control strategies related to musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, with a particular focus on evaluating whether the novel virtual reality based biomechanics can help to ameliorate these conditions. As part of this research, I explored a novel targeted-biofeedback application in a pilot project that showed how targeted-biofeedback motivated subjects to squat by using a biomechanically constrained strategy. I presented this preliminary study at the 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, which was awarded the prize of the best poster by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Science Foundation, and International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation. This was also featured on local and national BBC TV programmes :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24467185

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24467186

This application was also explored in healthy participants and patients with knee osteoarthritis as part of ongoing a PhD project. The preliminary results of this work are being presented at the 11th Intl Conf. Disability, Virtual Reality & Associated Technologies, Los Angeles, California, USA. With regard to this, I have been acting as a co-supervisor of a current PhD project: “Optimising Functional Movement in Knee Injured Patients Using Real-Time Virtual Reality Feedback to Develop Novel Exercise Interventions

Dual-Tasks:

My current research involves the development of a novel inter-disciplinary application based on using combined motor-cognitive tasks to detect subtle impairments in patients following brain injury and to develop physical-biomarkers of cognitive decline. This will help us to develop an understanding of the impact of multi-tasks during physical activities on movement and related brain function in patients with, particularly, dementia and brain injury, which would lead to develop a system to predict those who may develop dementia in early stage.

In a preliminary study, I explored how healthy individuals respond to different presentations of virtual obstacles projected on the screen or the treadmill, which may be related to differences in demand on cognition and attention. Therefore, my initial research in this area involves an exploratory work that explores whether performance of concurrent tasks that challenge two different cognitive domains (working memory and executive function) have an impact on spatiotemporal gait parameters in healthy adult subjects, as assessed using the self-paced treadmill apparatus. At this stage I am considering gait as it is the most common motor functional task that is being clinically used to assess patients’ motor capacity independence, though it is not usually challenged with another concurrent task during clinical assessments. In this exploratory research work I am collaborating with colleagues based at the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences within the School of Medicine and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Postgraduate research projects:

I am interested in discussing the possibility of supervising research projects related to any of my research interest areas: virtual reality applications in rehabilitation including tele-rehabilitation and biofeedback; movement analysis and cognitive in dementia and traumatic brain injury; movement adaptations to slope walking; and clinical applications of related integrated technology for assessment and intervention.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.

Research Grants:

  • 2016: Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fund, “Effects of cognitively-engaging self-paced virtual reality treadmill on gait performance”
  • 2015: Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair undergraduate student summer placement fund, “Evaluation of Feasibility of the Microsoft Kinect sensor for rehabilitation”
  • 2015: Support to Research and Technological Development & Innovation initiatives and Strategies Fund (European Union research funding scheme) in Jordan, “Virtual Reality Based Motor Control Learning for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study”.
  • 2014: Children & Young People's Research Network, “Virtual Rehabilitation for Children with cerebral Palsy”
  • 2014: Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities, “See How You Move”

I am interested in discussing the possibility of supervising research projects related to any of my research interest areas: virtual reality applications in rehabilitation including tele-rehabilitation and biofeedback; movement analysis and cognitive in dementia and traumatic brain injury; movement adaptations to slope walking; and clinical applications of related integrated technology for assessment and intervention.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Current supervision

Abdulrahman Salah Mashabi

Research student

Fawaz Alrasheedi

Research student

Mohannad Felemban

Research student

Riham Abuzinadah

Research student