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Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research


Research and knowledge transfer are integral parts of the School's activities. Along with our high quality postgraduate and research programmes, research at the School of Physiotherapy is managed through our dedicated Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research.

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Research project areas

Research within the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research is focused within the following project areas:

A number of staff also carry out research into teaching practice:
Research into teaching

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Research news and events

Upcoming CHARR research events

Semester 2 seminar series timetable

2016 Research Week is tentatively scheduled for the week beginning 21 November.

Recent CHARR research events

2015 Research Week - Week beginning 23th November 2015

Events and programme

CHARR publications

2015 CHARR research activity

2014 CHARR research activity

2013 CHARR research activity

Recent grant success

Lottery Health Research Grant

Prof John Sullivan
How does purchasing a mobility scooter impact upon an individual's physical activity, health and mobility in the community?


Dr Cathy Chapple
Does exercise using the Wii Fit™ Balance Board increase muscle strength and decrease instability in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A feasibility study?

Dr Cath Smith
Developing an intervention to promote physical activity engagement for people with multiple sclerosis living in rural settings: a feasibility study


Steve Tumilty
Efficacy of thoracic spinal manipulation in eliciting changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanisms in people with Achilles tendinopathy

Cathy Chapple
How does frequency of manual therapy treatment influence outcome for people with knee osteoarthritis?

Otago Branch PNZ

Lynne Clay
Concurrent validity of the Mini-BESTest in people with vestibular dysfunction

CHARR research visitors

2016 visitors

A/P Martjin Huisman has been awarded a William Evans Fellowship (applicant and host: A/P Debra Waters). Martjin will visit the School in September. His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. Details of his programme.

Past visitors

Professor Klaus Pfeifer and Dr Alexander Tallner (Sport Science and Sport, Freidrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany) 15 and 16th March

Prof Susan Whitney, University of Pittisburg (October/ November 2015) William Evans Fellow

Prof Bill Vicenzino, University of Queensland (25-27th November)

Dr Lou Aitkens, University College London (25th November)

Dr Pernilla Åsenlöf and Dr Karin Hellström (Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy University of Uppsala) visited the School in May 2015.  Pernilla and Karin are currently working with CHARR staff members as part of an ongoing collaboration between Matariki network members around physical activity and health. 

Professor Suzanne McDonagh (University of Ulster) visited the School as a William Evans Fellow from the 17th November to the 7th December.

Associate Professor Todd Pataky,  Shinshu University (William Evans Fellow 2014)
19 February - 7 March

Prof Louise Ada, University of Sydney 2013

Advisory board

CHARR is supported by an International Advisory Board comprised of international experts in relevant research fields who aid the centre through staff and student exchanges, contributing to PhD programmes through supervisory or advisory roles, reviewing grants/publications, and networking on research developments at the international level.

Further information

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For further information on research activity within the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research contact:

David Baxter
Director of CHARR

Donna Keen
Research Coordinator

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