World Arthritis Day!
Our Co-Investigator, Val Sparkes (pictured) attended the inaugural Musculoskeletal (MSK) Innovations in Wales Conference on 12.10.23 on World Arthritis Day. In response to the significant number of people affected by MSK, the Welsh Government has co-produced the Quality Statement for MSK Health. The Quality Statement for MSK Health sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for the development of better MSK care throughout the life-course and across the whole of Wales. The aim of the conference was to gather key stakeholders, professionals, and organisations from the health and social care sector to address the challenges and opportunities in the field of MSK healthcare. The event welcomed keynote speeches from the Minister for Health and Social Services, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and many others who showcased good practices and innovations in MSK healthcare across Wales.
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Immerse UK Awards University Tour
Immerse UK connects you to content, applications, services and solution providers, along with buyers and customers of immersive tech in the UK. Following the success of the 2023 Immerse UK Awards, Immerse UK is proud to announce that they will be hosting a series of networking events across the UK at a number of universities this autumn. For more information, please click here.
11th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Melbourne, Australia.
Colleagues (past and present) from Cardiff University, Noudy Eleryan (Phd student), Dr Liba Sheeran and Dr Akushla Rathnayake (former Phd student at Cardiff, now based at Hertfordshire) recently attended the above event to present their work. Noudy Eleryan - The effect of self-management interventions on musculoskeletal disorders in musicians: A scoping review. Dr Akushla Rathnayake: Normalisation process theory (NPT) analysis of user experience of BACK-to-FITTM – A novel digital intervention to promote exercise self-management and physical activity in people with low back pain. Dr Liba Sheeran: Assessment of spinal and pelvic kinematics using inertial measurement units in people with persistent low back pain. Co-production of BACK-on-LINETM, a work-based digital self-management of low back pain, for implementation and scaleup the rail industry. Phenotyping low back pain from video capture using computer vision and machine learning.
International Spinal Cord Society Tour
Delegates of the 62nd annual meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) held in Edinburgh, visited the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit and the Scottish Centre for Innovation for Spinal Cord Injury in a pre-conference visit on 1st October 2023. Around 40 delegates from research centres all around the world and patient representatives of the ISCoS society had a chance to see how neurorehabilitation research has been embedded into clinics, in this UK unique setting. Dr Aleksandra Vuckovic alongside her PhD students Ioana Susnoschi Luca, Shamsul Arefin, Emily Nicol and Research Associate Dr Rab Nawaz demonstrated the ongoing research with cutting edge neurotechnology, including systems for neuromodulatory treatment of spasticity, long-term home-based brain monitoring in people with chronic pain and spinal cord stimulation for rehabilitation of arm and hand function. A hospital tour and a welcome speech by the Director of the Spinal Unit Dr Mariel Purcell were also included in the visit.