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  Neuronal and biomechanical mechanisms underlying the control and plasticity of aimed limb movements
  Dr T Matheson, Dr R Swidbert
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Most animal movements are driven by muscle contractions controlled by the nervous system, but there is now considerable evidence that passive forces, originating in muscles, tendons or other tissues, interact with active forces to generate limb movements in both vertebrates and invertebrates (Page et al.
  Decoding movement kinematics from subpopulations of motor cortex neurons
  Dr T V Gerdjikov, Dr J Liu
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Background. Fine motor control involves the ability to reach, grasp and release objects. It is a fundamental aspect of motor behaviour essential for feeding, self-care and the manipulation of tools.
  Neurocomputational mechanisms of modularity in human motor control
  Research Group: School of Biomedical Sciences
  Dr I Delis
Applications accepted all year round

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Human motor behaviour is the outcome of the combined action of an extensive neural circuit that generates and controls movement and the mechanical properties of the human body.
  Evaluating motor and cognitive function through gaze-control technology
  Dr D Souto
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Gaze-control technology has proved invaluable in assisting people with neurodegenerative conditions, such as Motor Neuron Disease (MND) or Cerebral Palsy (CP), at times dramatically improving their quality of life by extending their ability to communicate independently.
  Investigating the incidence of falls and relationship to motor ability in autistic adults
  Dr E Gowen, Dr E Stanmore, Dr E Poliakoff
Applications accepted all year round

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Autism is a life-long developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and interacts with people. In addition to these social symptoms, >70% of autistic individuals show signs of altered motor control such as less accurate eye-hand coordination, unstable balance and abnormal gait patterns.
  Characterising coordination difficulties in autism using computational techniques
  Dr E Gowen, Dr E Poliakoff, Dr A Casson
Applications accepted all year round

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Autism is a life-long developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and interacts with people. ~80% of autistic individuals also have altered motor control such as less accurate eye-hand coordination and abnormal gait patterns, causing considerable problems with activities of daily living.
  Moving together in time: the effects of coordinated movements on physical performance, social cognition and overall wellbeing
  Dr J Honisch
Applications accepted all year round

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Our Social Cognition and Movement Rehabilitation Lab (SCMR) investigates various topics on the role of non˗verbal behaviours in everyday conversations, social-cognitive effects of interpersonal synchrony (two or more individuals moving together in time) and explores movement interventions (e.g.
  Multimodal Control of Prosthetic Limbs/Paralysed Muscles
  Dr M Arvaneh
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to enhance the quality of life of patients with amputees, spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury by developing advanced control strategies for artificial limbs.
  Ankle moment contribution in everyday tasks: effects of ageing
  Research Group: Medical Engineering
  Dr J Buckley
Applications accepted all year round

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There is a fall on stairs every 90 seconds in the UK, and an estimated 250,000 non-fatal accidents which are serious enough to merit a trip to A&E.
  Next generation electrical motor drives for wind and automotive applications
  Dr S Durovic
Applications accepted all year round

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The automotive, aerospace, offshore wind and manufacturing sectors are looking for much improved performance envelope electrical machines and drives to underpin ambitions plans for market electrification.
  Functional activity of upper extremities to improve trunk function after spinal cord injury
  Dr S Chiou, Prof D Falla
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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This project aims to study efficacy of combined arm cycling and standard exercise in improving trunk function in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).
  (Re)imagining Inclusive Physical Education Pedagogy: teachers and pupils’ perspectives
  Dr K Makopoulou
Applications accepted all year round

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With a diverse pupil population, inclusive education has become an important aspect of educational policies internationally (UNESCO, 2017).
  Computerised assessment of visuo-spatial neglect following stroke
  Dr D Punt
Applications accepted all year round

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Following a stroke, it is common for people to have problems with spatial awareness (also referred to as ’visuo-spatial neglect’, or just ‘neglect’).
  Digital Technologies and teacher/coach continuous professional development (CPD) in physical activity education
  Dr V Goodyear
Applications accepted all year round

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Through social media, and advances to virtual and augmented reality, digital technologies have evolved into interactive spaces where people connect, collaborate, and share information with the communities they create and participate in.
  Effect of practice structure on skill learning, retention and transfer in sport
  Dr M W Bridge
Applications accepted all year round

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This project can be offered either on a full-time or a part-time basis. Please email the prospective supervisor for more details.
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