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The mission statement of the centre is:

To enhance health, well-being and quality of life in individuals via the application of knowledge of physical activity, movement and health for optimum daily living, occupation and sport.

The aims of the Centre for Physical Activity and Health Research:

  • To formalise a network of existing multidisciplinary, interfaculty collaborations in the coherent research theme of physical activity, movement and health.
  • Provide an interdisciplinary, cross faculty, forum to promote convergent research in this area.
  • Bring together technology, measurement, intervention and prevention to develop and improve the health of both the general population and people with disease and disabilities.
  • Provide a supportive environment for researchers in this area with a particular emphasis on doctoral and early stage researchers.
  • Provide a centre that is visible at UL, national and international level and recognised high quality research.
  • To facilitate strategic development of funding applications both at national and international level.

Specific Objectives:

  • To leverage the capabilities of members to create the necessary synergy to attract further research funding from industry, Ireland and the European Union.
  • To create novel research projects which will offer uniqueness and strength to research funders.
  • To advocate and develop this area, enhancing its’ prestige both nationally and internationally.
  • To provide novel insights on the role of physical activity on health.
  • To arrange an ongoing series of seminar programmes to facilitate development of ideas, review of ongoing projects, and future proposals.
  • To host faculty visits and presentations from national and international renowned experts in the area.
  • To host workshops and conferences that bring together centre members and national and international experts in the area.
  • To implement a series of regular meetings to develop and refine the aims, objectives and operation of the centre.
  • To continue to apply learning from research in the area of physical activity, movement and health to teaching on programmes including Sport and Exercise Sciences, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Engineering, Ergonomics.
  • To identify current and future funding opportunities and strategically align the centre to respond to these.
  • To plan strategic funding applications utilising the joint experience and expertise of the centre members.
  • To promote publications in high impact and ISI recognised Journals.
  • To increase the number of Ph.D. students registering and completing.


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