Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

About Movement Science Group (MSG)

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  • The Movement Science Group (MSG) focuses on the development and implementation of new methodologies to measure, map and improve mobility of people of all ages with and without neurological conditions, in the community.

    Our research group is led by an end-user steering group committee which meets several times a year. The committee guides a group of multidisciplinary expert researchers in their work to address real mobility problems.

    The group has been involved in numerous studies in the development of new outcome measurements. Examples include, measuring rhythmic stepping for the identification of motor problems in children, identifying mobility patterns in a wide range of neurological conditions via movement and scanning of the brain using functional near infrared spectroscopy or magnetic resonance imaging.

    Over the past few years we have developed a smartphone-based device which, given its ultra sensitivity, can potentially aid in the diagnosis of a range of conditions before the manifestations of obvious clinical symptoms. This unique approach is quick, accessible and could have substantial impact on international healthcare systems.

    The vast range of exciting projects links us with clinical and academic experts from world renowned institutions in the UK, such as the University of Oxford and University College London, as well as internationally, such as McGill University (Canada) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). A list of collaborators can be found here.