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Current CPAHR Projects

Limerick cohort study of sedentary behaviour and health indices in adolescent girls.
The purpose of this on-going study is to track the relationship between objectively measured sedentary behaviour, physical activity and indices of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk in adolescent girls. Funded by IRCSET, the HSE and Limerick County Sports Partnership. Contact: Prof. Alan Donnelly, UL (alan.donnely@ul.ie). This work is being undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Clodagh O’Gorman at UL.

Acute effects of exercise on cognitive function in older people.
This project explored the potential of bouts of acute exercise to transiently improve cognitive function in older people. This is a collaborative project, working with Dr. PJ Smyth at UL (p.j.smyth@ul.ie), and Dr. Karen Davranche, University of Provence, France. Contact: Prof. Alan Donnelly, University of Limerick.

Physical activity measurement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (2009-2012)
This research measures free living physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sense Wear Armband and Shimmer accelerometers will be validated in people with RA and correlations between inflammatory blood markers and free-living physical activity in people with RA will be investigated. The research is funded by Intel Ireland and under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (IRCSET PhD Scholarship research programme). Contact: Dr. Norelee Kennedy (norelee.kennedy@ul.ie); Marie Tierney, PhD student, UL. Collaborators: Dr. Alexander Fraser, Consultant Rheumatologist, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick; Dr. Michael McGrath, Digital Health Group, Intel Ireland.

Physical activity and psychological correlates of people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) (2008-2011).
This research measures free living physical activity in people with people with chronic low back pain (CLBP). Activpal accelerometers will be validated in people with CLBP and correlations between psychological correlates and free-living physical activity will be investigated in people with CLBP. The research is funded under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (IRCSET PhD Scholarship research programme). Contact Dr. Norelee Kennedy, UL (norelee.kennedy@ul.ie); Derek Griffin, PhD student, UL. Collaborators: Prof Dominic Harmon, Pain Specialist, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick and graduate Entry Medical School, UL; Professor Alan Donnelly, University of Limerick.

Patient and spousal Illness beliefs/perceptions and self-report physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (2011 onwards)
The purpose of this research is to measure self-reported physical activity and beliefs about physical activity of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition illness beliefs of people with RA and their spouses will also be measured. Contact: Dr. Norelee Kennedy, UL (norelee.kennedy@ul.ie) and Louise Larkin, PhD student, UL. Collaborators: Dr. Alexander Fraser, Consultant Rheumatologist, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick; Dr. Stephen Gallagher, Dept of Psychology, UL.

Rotator cuff tendinopathy: an investigation of clinical and diagnostic ultrasound parameters before, during and after a structured exercise programme.
The overarching aim of this research project is to image various parameters of tendon pathology (using ultrasound & MRI) in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy, and use this knowledge to devise, implement and evaluate targeted exercise interventions in this population. This research is funding by the Health Research Board (2011-2014). Researchers: Karen McCreesh, Clinical Therapies, UL (karen.mccreesh@ul.ie); Prof Alan Donnelly, PESS, UL. Dr Jeremy Lewis, Research Lead, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UL. Collaborators: Dr Jim Crotty, Consultant Radiologist, and Dr. Alexander Fraser, Consultant Rheumatologist, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.

“Out On A Limb”
The ‘Out on a Limb’ running biomechanics project provides support for Ireland’s first amputee blade marathon runner Simon Baker. The project commenced in February 2012. Biomechanics (Dr. Drew Harrison and Dr. Ian Kenny, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, UL) and Physiotherapy (Karen McCreesh and Neasa Canavan, Clinical Therapies, UL). Funded by IDS Prosthetics, Otto Bock. Website: http://outonalimbproject.weebly.com/. Contact: ian.kenny@ul.ie

Creation of 'virtual' subjects to examine variability within human movement (2008-2012)
This research involves the development of mathematical and computer models to examine human movement variability using elite golfers. Funded under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (IRCSET PhD Scholarship research programme). Contact: Catherine Tucker, PhD Student, UL; Dr. Ross Anderson, PESS, UL and Dr. Ian Kenny, PESS, UL (ian.kenny@ul.ie).

An investigation into female maturation and its role in ACL injury (2008-2012)
A comparative study between healthy and previously ACL injured sports people examining movement coordination and predisposition to further ACL issues. Funded under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (IRCSET PhD Scholarship research programme). Contact: Sarah Breen, PhD Student, UL.; Dr. Drew Harrison, PESS, UL and Dr. IanKenny, PESS, UL (ian.kenny@ul.ie).

Anterior knee pain in competitive cyclists (20010-2012)
3D and MRI analysis of the knee in elite competitive cyclists to examine underlying movement and pathology resulting in this form of knee pain. Contact: Thomas Kennedy, MCh, , Dr. Ian Kenny, PESS, UL (ian.kenny@ul.ie) and Dr. Ross Anderson, PESS, UL.

Exercise buddies for non ambulatory people with MS.
Funded by MS Ireland through National Lottery funding. Contact: Dr. Susan Coote, Department of Physiotherapy, UL (susan.coote@ul.ie).

The use of whole body vibration in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Funded through an IRCSET Embark Scholarship for Macin Uszinsky. Contact: Dr. Susan Coote, Department of Physiotherapy, UL (susan.coote@ul.ie).

Getting the Balance Right
Physiotherapy and Exercise Interventions for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Funded by MS Ireland (through Tesco Charity of the Year and Pobal Dormant Accounts Flagship fund) and an IRCSET Embark Scholarship for Maria Garrett. Contact: Dr. Susan Coote, Department of Physiotherapy, UL (susan.coote@ul.ie). Weblink: http://www.ms-society.ie/pages/getting-the-balance-right Physiotherapy and Exercise Interventions for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Watch the research team and members of MS Ireland on Nationwide (aired 31st March 2010) http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0331/nationwide.html.

Measuring physical activity and energy expenditure in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Funded through IRCSET Embark Scholarship for Catriona O'Dwyer. Contact: Dr. Susan Coote, Department of Physiotherapy, UL (susan.coote@ul.ie).

Augmenting a home exercise programme of strengthening exercises with electrical stimulation in people with moderate disability due to Multiple Sclerosis.
Funded through IRCSET Partnership Project with BMR Neurotech. Contact: Dr. Susan Coote, Department of Physiotherapy, UL (susan.coote@ul.ie).

Upper trapezius fatigue during overhead electrical work (2011/2012)
This research examines muscle fatigue of the shoulder/neck region for professional electricians on two types of standing platform. Contact: Denis Phelan and Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan, Design & Manufacturing Technology, UL (leonard.osullivan@ul.ie).

Effects of dynamic shoulder movements in industrial work on shoulder discomfort and fatigue (2009-2012)
To study the dynamic nature of shoulder movement in industrial work and to study the effects on shoulder discomfort and fatigue. Funded under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (IRCSET PhD Scholarship research programme). Contact: Aleksandra Browne and Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan, Design & Manufacturing Technology, UL (leonard.osullivan@ul.ie).

Age and gender aspects of work related musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder/neck region (2009-2011).
The goal of this research was to profile the prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders in the Irish workforce and to study age and gender differences in shoulder/neck fatigue in simulated work conditions. The research was funded under FP7. Contact: John Collins and Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan, Design & Manufacturing Technology,UL (leonard.osullivan@ul.ie).

Active AAL projects include the EU FP7 ICT4Depression project providing user-friendly ICT tools to enhance self-management and effective treatment of depression.
Contact: Dr John Nelson, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, UL (john.nelson@ul.ie).

The EU/Enterprise Ireland funded AAL-169 eCAALYX project
Provides a set of innovative elder and patient care services for chronic diseases/comorbidity. Contact: Dr John Nelson, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, UL (john.nelson@ul.ie).

SFI NCNRC Investigator Award, the EU FP6 CAALYX project, and a Proof of Concept for a new assisted living sensor.
Dr John Nelson, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, UL (john.nelson@ul.ie).

Regulation of adiponectin intracellular trafficking and secretion by FIP proteins.
The purpose of this research is to elucidate the role of FIP proteins in adioonectin secretion from adipocytes. The research was funded by Diabetes UK. Contact: Dr. Brian Carson, PESS Department. UL (brian.carson@ul.ie). Collaborators: Dr. Silvia Mora (University of Liverpool), Josep Del Bas (URV, Spain).

Human skeletal muscle myokine release
The purpose of this research is to investigate the regulation of myokine release from muscle by exercise. The research is funded by UL SEED Funding 2011. Contact: Dr. Brian Carson, PESS Department (brian.carson@ul.ie). Collaborators: Prof. Phil Jakeman (UL).

Evaluation of the physiological effects of whole-body cryotherapy.
This work examines the effects of the popular but poorly researched -110 C whole body cryotherapy treatment on skin, muscle and core temperature, and on muscle recovery. The purpose of this research is to effectively evaluate this methodology and provide information on this treatment to the sports science community. Contact: Prof. Alan Donnelly, UL (alan.donnely@ul.ie).

Ergoman: Ergonomics competencies in professional ergonomics(2009-2011)
The aim of the research is to develop a training model for ergonomics instruction. The research is funded by LEONARDO. Contact: Aileen Jackson, PhD Student, UL. and Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan, Design & Manufacturing Technology, UL (leonard.osullivan@ul.ie). Website http://www.ergoman.eu/

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