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CHARR: About us

The Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) is the research centre for the School of Physiotherapy at Otago.

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From left: Dr Catherine Patla and Dr Stanley Paris presenting awards to Dr Cathy Chapple (Research Fellowship recipient) and Mr Daniel Sela (Postgraduate OMT scholarship). They were joined by Professor David Baxter, and Dean of School, Professor Leigh Hale.

CHARR publications

2017 CHARR research activity

2016 CHARR research activity

2015 CHARR research activity

2014 CHARR research activity

2013 CHARR research activity

CHARR research students

Current PhD candidates

Current Masters by Research students

Research facilities

Balance and Vestibular research facility

Research carried out in this facility system contributes to the areas of falls prevention, physical activity for neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, and in the better understanding of both the risk factors and rehabilitation strategies for injuries such as concussion and occupational health related conditions. The facility provides a clinical service and contributes to teaching at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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Advisory boards

CHARR research is supported by advisory boards
International advisory board


Visitors 2019

Visiting academics

Dr Noella Galiano-Castilowill (University of Granada)
Dr Matias Noll (Brazil)
Associate Professor Jean-Sebastin Roy (Laval University, Canada)
Professor Susan Whitney (University of Pittsburg)

Visiting students

Yunzhou Shi (Chengdu University)

Visitors 2018

Visiting academics

Dr Kate Webster (La Trobe Univeristy)
Dr Thomas Bandholm (Copenhagen (PMR-C)
Associate Professor Steve Kamper (University of Sydney)
Dr Mylene Aubertin (UQAM)

Visiting students

Anna Sjöberg and Paula Brinckmann (Umea University, Sweden) 
Shojiro Nozu (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Carina Ziller (German Sports University)

Further information


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