My PhD investigated the biomechanics of exercise on a European Space Agency flagship medical project rehabilitation device, for reconditioning deep spinal postural muscles following deconditioning (such as from space flight and in regular low back pain). I remain heavily involved in Human Spaceflight both in research and leading national space R&D organisations. This includes chairing the UK Space Biomedicine Association in 2012 and holding the role of Coordinator of the UK Space Environments Association since 2013
During my PhD I led a systematic review of spaceflight countermeasures to prevent changes to the spine in astronauts. This led to operational and research recommendations published ESA report. From this I went on to establish and now lead an international Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group that synthesises evidence to inform operational guidelines and decision making around medical issues in aerospace industries (space medicine, civil and military aviation). This group has received endorsements from European Space Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority, Royal Air Force, Aerospace Medicine Association, International Space University as well as UK Space Industry including Blue Abyss and SeaSpace Research Ltd.
I have also received several industry and academic awards including The Space Medicine Association's award to the Outstanding Student of Space Medicine - awarded in Chicago Il in 2013, the Outstanding Contribution to UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Award - awarded in Liverpool, UK in 2015 and the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organisation's Travel Scholarship, awarded in Orlando Fl in 2015.
My main interest is aerospace medicine with a strong grounding in physiotherapy and aerospace medicine systematic review research projects. Other research projects have included collaborating with the European Space Agency to develop running gait analysis as part of the Agency’s Astronaut Fitness Assessment and running studies investigating rehabilitation of deep spinal muscles in Astronauts.
PhD, Northumbria University
Rehabilitation from Lumbopelvic Deconditioning on Earth and in Space
BSc (Hons), Physiotherapy
Applying Physiotherapy (musculoskeletal)
BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA2018 -
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, MCSP2008 -
Registered Physiotherapist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council,2008 -