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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

24-27th CHARR research week

CHARR will be hosting a series of research events including: a doctoral conference, a physical activity and health symposium, and a research open evening for our community partners. If you would like to RSVP for any of these events please email:

Monday 24th November

Graduate Research Conference 10 -4
Research week opening function 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th November
Physical activity and health research symposium  9.30 -4.30
Wednesday 26th November
Research career development day  9.30 - 4.30
Thursday 27th November

Healthy ageing symposium 9am -1pm
Community and Alumni Research Evening 5pm


CHARR Community and Alumni Research Evening - Thursday 27th 5pm Room 1.02

CHARR will be hosting an event to showcase research to Community and Alumni.  The event will include a series of short presentation on leading research in the Centre, and will also be the official launch of the School of Physiotherapy Alumni Research Appeal.

iSAMS 2015 conference 2-4 October

CHARR is excited to be co-hosting a pharmocopuncture conference in 2015.  For further details of the event:

2013 CHARR publications

2013 CHARR research activity

Grant success

University of Otago Research Grant 2015

Dr Daniel Ribeiro
Can we optimize rotator cuff muscle activity? Exploring the effects of shoulder exercises on rotator cuff muscle control.

Dr Ram Mani
Sedentary behaviour and its associations with psychosocial factors in individuals with high risk of developing type-2 diabetes mellitus.

CHARR research visitors

Expected visitors

Professor Suzanne MDonagh (University of Ulster) will be visiting the School as a William Evans Fellow from the 17th November to the 7th December. 

Past visitors

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
Co-Director of CHARR

Donna Keen
Research Coordinator

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