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UMRI: Creating Critical Mass in New Technologies for Mobility and Motion Monitoring for Healthcare

UMRI: Creating Critical Mass in New Technologies for Mobility and Motion Monitoring for Healthcare.

Patricia Scully1, Emma Stanmore2, Krikor Ozanyan3, Paul Wright3, Lei Ren4, Sarah Tyson2, Michael Callaghan5

CEAS1, NMSW2, EEE3, MACE4, TM5

We have been awarded a grant to form a multidisciplinary network based in the North-West of England, led by The University of Manchester (UoM) to develop and calibrate novel emerging technologies for remote and cost effective monitoring of human movement.

Gait and balance are indicators of well-being, and can identify patients suffering from mobility problems and requiring rehabilitation, enabling changes to be tracked in degenerative conditions, such as dementia, Parkinsons and arthritis.

Remotely monitoring mobility in the patient’s home, would increase the numbers of patients benefitting from prescribed exercises for rehabilitation and improve self-management of care, thus saving clinical costs.

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About Patricia Scully

Senior Lecturer in Sensor Instrumentation in The Photon Science Institute and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. Senior academic with experience of leading industrial and research council/government funded research projects at national and international level. Research interests: Optical sensing and measurement Photonic devices Optical fibre sensors Femtosecond lasers for photonic structuring Polymer optoelectronics Assistive technology for healthcare applications Polymer optical fibre Optical fibre technology Distributed sensing Functional optical coatings Energy harvesting and wireless monitoring

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