Staff Profiles


Dr Andy Meaney

MSc, PhD

Head of CLEAR Unit and Clinical Research Project Manager

Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Email: ameaney@brookes.ac.uk

Location: CLEAR Unit

Andy Heads the Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR), a flag-ship enterprise serving as the clinical research centre for the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University. Currently, Andy is working with a number of clinical research teams exploring responses to physical training interventions in children and adults with brain/ spinal injuries, learning difficulties, neurological diseases, neuro-developmental disorders and long term physical disabilities. For his PhD, Andy used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a method to study central responses to exercise intensity in the brain, spinal cord and neural pathways of Multiple Sclerosis patients. His research interests include investigating adaptation to exercise in health and disease, exercise intensity, fatigue and recovery.  

 

On-going projects (2018/2019) include;

 

  • Exploring the relationships between brain adaptations (FMRI), exercise intensity and motor skills in children (12-13yrs)
  • Brain-scanning (FMRI and NIRS) children (13-14yrs) after a programme of exercise and skills training
  • Examining the effects of aerobic training in hypertensive young adults who were premature babies
  • Training effects in children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Blood analysis after exercise of different intensities in Parkinson’s.

 

During school-term time Andy runs twice weekly sessions in the CLEAR Unit for;

 

  • children with neuro-developmental and coordination difficulties
  • children who require walking aids or are wheelchair dependent
  • children with severe learning difficulties, cognitive and physical impairment.

The CLEAR provides internships to students wishing to follow a career path in clinical practise or research.

Andy is a founder member of the CLEAR Trust.