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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

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

iSAMS 2015 conference 2-4 October

CHARR co hosted this event with the Korean Pharmocopuncture Institute 

CHARR publications

2014 CHARR research activity

2013 CHARR research activity

Grant success

University of Otago research grants

Prof John Sullivan
What is the long-term impact of sports concussions on the brain health of former community (amateur) rugby players? 

Dr Cathy Chapple
Frequency of manual therapy treatment for knee osteoarthritis.


Gisela Sole
A neuroscience approach to pain management for patients with rotator cuff syndrome: a feasibility study and case series

Brain Research New Zealand

Prof Leigh Hale
Valuing those supporting people living with cognitive decline 

CHARR research visitors

2016 visitors

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

Past visitors

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, Physiotheraphy 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.  Pernilla and Karin are pictured on the right with Prof Leigh Hale.

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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