Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

    • MSG PhasePlot
  • Development of Gait as an outcome measurement

    Inertial measurement units (IMUs) provide an accurate reading of an object’s movements. In the field of movement analysis IMUs can be used as an objective measure of mobility. Our research group has succeeded in developing a software package which provides an objective, quick and reliable way of measuring people’s gait (Esser,, 2009).

    Besides measurements of validity in a healthy population this system is also valid in neurological populations (Esser, 2011, 2012). Temporal (step time and cadence) as well as spatial (step-, stride-time, walking speed) parameters can be derived. More in depth analysis can describe parameters indicating motor control (Esser, 2013 & Collett, 2014) but also potentially detect disease state and progression (Cuzzolin,, 2017).

    The strength in this analysis lies in the fact that it is mobile (Steins, 2014), can be used for multiple applications and is not only restricted to human body analysis.

    Currently this device is deployed on several internationally recognised cohorts resulting in around 26,000 measurements, whilst a relatively large database of 5,000 people is already held within the research team. Our goal is to develop and integrate this tool into the healthcare pathway, whereby clinicians as well as people within the community have a sensitive and reliable device to monitor their own mobility.

  • Principal Investigator:  Dr Patrick Esser


    Wellcome Trust


    Elizabeth Casson Trust


    Southall and Brent Revisited cohort

    Lifelong Health & Ageing (LHA) & MRC'46 cohort

    Whitehall II Cohort

    University of Oxford

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Anhui Hospital

    The University of Jordan

    Jordan University of Science and Technology

    McGill University