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President of the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour

Figure caption: Rick Troiano (Program Director at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda) and Malcolm Granat co-chairs of the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring and Physical Activity Measurement (Bethesda, June 2017). At this meeting Malcolm was elected President of International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour.

President of the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour

Professor Malcolm Granat has recently been elected as President of the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour (www.ismpb.org).   The ISMPB is a non-profit scientific society that aims to promote and facilitate the study and applications of objective measurement and quantification of free-living physical behaviour(s) and its related constructs (e.g. energy expenditure, context) using wearable devices.  Alongside organising  the biennial International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring and Physical Activity Measurement (ICAMPAM), the Society aims to bring together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, clinicians, therapists, signal analysts, computational scientists and commercial companies. read more


It’s my life: Staying in control. A school-based intervention to improve wellbeing and promote healthy attitudes towards alcohol

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Researchers often use school Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) classes to test new ways of engaging young people with health-related issues such as alcohol. It is important that good quality research is carried out in order to work out what approaches work to influence young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

This workshop will describe how a universal school-based intervention to address adolescent well-being and alcohol misuse was designed and tested, and will explore how schools, parents and communities might collaborate with researchers to further develop these ideas and methods in their own contexts. read more


Researchers helping create next generation of smart clothing for athletes

University of Salford academics are helping develop state of the art smart clothing enabling athletes to monitor their performance without the need for bulky gadgets.

Researchers from our sports science department in the School of Health Sciences have been awarded £165k from Innovate UK to work with Manchester-based company Smartlife, which specialises in smart garment technology – clothing that can measure signals such as heart rate, movement and muscle activity.

The company has created textile sensors and tiny electronics which can be integrated into sports clothing.

These discreet and comfortable sensors continuously record data which can be transmitted in real time to a Bluetooth receiving device such as a smart phone, providing feedback on how the athlete is performing during training sessions.

Researchers Dr Steve Preece and Dr Steve Atkins will now carry out work to develop the technology further by helping understand how to combine heart rate and acceleration data to build up an accurate picture of how an athlete’s body is using energy.

Eventually, the research can be used to improve the accuracy of the data which will let users of these garments know how much energy they are using in a training session or throughout the course of a day.

They will also carry out research to develop the capability of measuring electromyography (EMG) signals, which are produced when muscles contract.

Measuring EMG signals, especially during walking, running and cycling, can help an athlete or trainer understand muscle coordination and evaluate movement performance.

The researchers say as well as providing a benefit to elite ath


New Director joins Health Sciences

Dr Steve Atkins has recently joined the School of Health Sciences as Director of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Steve’s former post was as Principal Lecturer in Sport Science at UCLan. He held earlier teaching posts at Liverpool Hope University and Newcastle College and in his early career acted as a medic in the Royal Air Force, most notably in the area of Search and Rescue.

Steve is particularly interested in research-informed teaching in sport and exercise physiology, training and conditioning, research methods, advanced sciences, health-related fitness, ethics and policy. As well as leading the Directorate, Steve will also continue his work as an external examiner in Medicine at Swansea University and in Sports Science at St. Mary’s University.

Steve regularly supervises PhD students and has also published extensively. Outside of work, he is a Sports Science Advisor to Wigan Warriors RLFC and organised the 2013 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference.

Steve said of his new role: “The Directorate encompasses a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines, including physiotherapy, sport and exercise science, sports rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, trauma and orthopaedics, and physical activity and health and its teaching is underpinned by internationally-recognised research, allied to staff with many years of professional practice expertise. This means it offers an excellent, applied, student experience, and an ability to meet t


European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, March 2016

Throughout August 2015 the third research summer school for optimising radiation dose and image quality (‘OPTIMAX 2015’) was held in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Fifty three people participated, including PhD, MSc, BSc students and tutors from physics, radiography and nuclear medicine. Throughout the summer school five empirical pieces of research were conducted in multinational teams and these will be presented at the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria in March 2016.

Aside this important outcome was the production of an open source book (OPTIMAX 2015, Multicultural team-based research in radiography, a holistic educational approach) which can be downloaded for free (http://usir.salford.ac.uk/38008/). The book contains 11 chapters. These chapters include the five empirical pieces of research and also five review chapters. The review chapters are based upon information sessions delivered as group work and lectures during the first summer school week.

The next OPTIMAX summer school will be held throughout August 2016 at the University of Salford.