Allied Health Research Unit (AHRu)
The Allied Health Research Unit (AHRu) is led by Professor Jim Richards. Its mission is to increase our understanding of allied health practice and improve the quality of life of patients treated by allied health professionals.
The AHRu pursues these goals by performing basic and applied research; drawing upon the wide range of research methodological expertise.
Our work considers the development of new techniques in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Our focus is on research across the health care professions to help answer important and clinically relevant questions, with research spanning the innovation pathway from intervention development and evaluation through to implementation.
This includes the development and evaluation of the effectiveness of products designed to interact with the body, and the effectiveness of surgical and therapeutic treatments.
These research strands are complemented by a focus on the implementation of the research evidence base in allied health clinical practice.
This includes implementation science approaches to promote the systematic uptake of research findings into routine allied health practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services and care.
Supporting the work of the Allied Health Research Unit is the Movement Analysis Laboratory which is one of the top facilities of its type currently in use in Europe.
The Movement Analysis Laboratory is equipped to conduct: advanced motion analysis, force measurement, pressure measurement, muscle and strength assessment, and thermal imaging.