Posts tagged: Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering

Salford student wins Best Presentation award at international prosthetics conference!

Salford student wins Best Presentation award at international prosthetics conference!

Alix Chadwell, a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering research group ( recently presented on her work at the Myoelectric Control Symposium (, a prestigious conference held in Canada every 3 years. Alix’s presentation on work she has carried out to characterise the real world use of prosthetic hands was awarded the prize for the best student presentation . Alix’s work, carried out in collaboration with Malcolm Granat’s group, was the first study to report on the long term patterns of use of upper limb prosthesis outside of the laboratory. The conference was attended by leading research groups from all over the world, including teams from Northwestern University, and Yale, making her achievement all the more impressive. Well done Alix! read more

Young scientists to present research at House of Commons

Young Salford scientists have been selected to present their research at the House of Commons.House of Commons

Sun Mingxu, 32, and Alix Chadwell, 28, will unveil projects to help stroke patients and amputees respectively at the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM for Britain event on March 13, 2017.

The event is organized by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology. read more

Are older people putting themselves at risk of falling when using a walking frame?

Photograph of walking frame handles

Dunhill Medical Trust: £74,907

University of Salford: 1,2Thies SB, 2Granat M, 1Kenney L, 1Howard D, Webb J

Oxford Brookes University:  Dawes H

Research programmes:

1Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering

2Measurement and Quantification of Physical Behaviour

Walking aids are prescribed to older people to help improve their stability and mobility. However, somewhat paradoxically, walking aid use has been associated with a 2-3 fold risk of falling. Whilst correlation cannot be assumed to indicate causation, this is certainly of serious concern and justifies further research. Whether or not walking aids are effective depends on how appropriately they are prescribed and used, yet little guidance is offered to users, and how stable users are in real life situations is entirely unknown. To date, no standardized method for assessment of walking aid stability exists, and this is reflected in an absence of evidence-based practice around training and prescription.