Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS)

Director(s): Professor Helen Dawes

Contact: mores@brookes.ac.uk

About us

The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences is a growing research centre which brings together three key ingredients - research, education and care.

MOReS is underpinned by a strong research team under six key research themes:

  • Clinical Applied Nutrition (CAN)
  • Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Research (CLEAR)
  • Health Innovation and Technology Trials (HITT)
  • Movement Science Group (MSG)
  • Occupational Sciences (OS)
  • Trauma Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Health (TRaMH)

Our flagship Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR Unit) based at the Centre for Sports enables children living with disability to undertake exercise in a supported environment with our clinical expertise and research excellence.

Movement at different ages

Research impact

Excellent scientific research can impact, change and benefit the society we live in and our quality of life. We might see the impact in our economy, in our culture, our public policy or services, in health provision or in the environment.

The importance of impact arising from high-quality research was recognised in the recent REF (Research Excellence Framework) assessment. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences submitted case studies covering a diverse mix of research from human medicine to drug discovery and therapy design, to health risk assessment policy and vaccine development. 80% of our studies were rated as having 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' impact.

Examples of research impact benefiting the local community include:

  • Physical activity for neurological conditions handbook
  • Improving access to exercise for people with neurological conditions
  • Indian Ocean row
  • Community sport activation
  • Brookes Science Bazaar.


Helen Dawes

Professor Helen Dawes

Director Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Name Role Email
Dr Shelly Coe Senior Lecturer in Nutrition scoe@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Johnny Collett Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation jcollett@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Anne Delextrat Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science adelextrat@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Patrick Esser Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science pesser@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Mario Inacio Associate Lecturer minacio@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Mae Mansoubi Research Fellow and Lead - Health Innovation and Technology Research Group at MOReS Centre mmansoubi@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Andy Meaney Clinical Study Project Manager ameaney@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Derick Wade Professor In Neurorehabilitation dwade@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Mark Williams Programme Lead for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation williams.m@brookes.ac.uk


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Sam Burden Cardiac function of the left ventricle in obese adolescents with the establishment of links to metabolic health and physiological and perceptual exercise responses Dr Ben Weedon, Dr Patrick Esser


Ed Daly Concussion characterisation using current concussion diagnosis and evaluation measures compared to novel objective testing methods Dr Adam White, Dr Patrick Esser


Owen Gustafson Evaluating the musculoskeletal health state of Intensive Care Unit survivors: The MSK-ICU study (led by OUH) Professor Helen Dawes, Dr Mark Williams


Dr Erin Hannink The exploration of spinal curvature in the sagittal plane Dr Anne Delextrat, Professor Helen Dawes


Elizabeth King Living with MSK impairments following critical illness Dr Annabel Williams, Dr Mark Williams


Ali Aminalsharieh Najafi The impact of immersive technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality on the performance and rehabilitation outcomes of young people after sport-related injuries Dr Anne Delextrat, Professor Helen Dawes, Dr Mae Mansoubi


Daniel Newcombe The Environment Design Framework: Bridging the gap between the theoretical understanding and the practical application of constraints-led approach Dr Patrick Esser


Robyn Stiger Prehabilitation for cancer patients Dr Johnny Collett, Dr Mark Williams


Zoe Taylor Power training for fall rehabilitation and prevention in over 56s and comparisons of recovery mechanisms for loss of balance between fallers and non-fallers Dr Greg Walsh, Dr Patrick Esser, Dr Mario Inacio


Get involved

Involving the public in our research is critical to its long-term success. There are many different ways you can contribute - by identifying research priorities, as a member of an advisory or steering group or by contributing to information leaflets or research materials.

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