Society's need for clinical research and research on health and welfare technology is increasing. This group is composed of professionals from several faculties and departments, and the group’s research projects have a typical interdisciplinary approach.
The research group is working systematically to build bridges between technology and therapeutic approaches that can contribute to the development of a modern, knowledge-based and person centered practice in the health and technology sciences. To assist us in this, machine learning and artificial intelligence are some of the tools we use.
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Our four main research areas
There is a great need for research on the effects of targeted physical activity in relation to treatment and rehabilitation of people with various diseases, disorders and disabilities (exercise rehabilitation). In this context, the research group CiBe typically use clinical intervention studies as a means for developing and testing the efficiency of different diagnostic tools, treatment and rehabilitation measures. The studies is specifically aimed at diseases and disorders that cause major human and/or economic challenges for the individual and for the community, such as heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis and lower limb amputations.
Prosthetic Mobility and Daily Functioning
Knowledge of prosthetic users' functional ability and mobility, as well as physiological and biomechanical stresses and constraints on prosthetic use, are important for both the community and the individual prosthetic users. Strengthening and increasing the research on this topic will increase the quality of life of the individual patient, and increase our understanding on how everyday activities challenge the functional capacities and mobility of prosthetic users. This research is important for the manufacture and development of modern and advanced orthopedic aids, as well as for the development of better and more person centered methods for rehabilitation of prosthetic and orthopedic users.
Health and Welfare Technology
Modern technology, new analytical methods and innovations in health- and welfare technology can help solve challenges and problems related to diagnostic approaches, health promotion, preventive and rehabilitation measures. In this context, the group focus strongly on clinical application of non-invasive sensors and in particular on the use of near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology. Our focus on fNIRS technology has given us unique opportunities for research on how the brain responds to targeted physical activity and rehabilitation.
Student Involvement in Research
The research group has a strong focus on involving students actively in the group's activities, and the group actively researches how student involvement in research projects affects learning outcomes and attitudes towards their own clinical practice. The research group CiBe therefore aims to involve and motivate students to participate in the group's ongoing research projects in connection with bachelor and master's degree assignments. Through this approach, we wish to promote research-based teaching, stimulate to better and more evidence-based clinical practice, as well as motivate bachelor students for further master's studies, and possibly PhD studies.
The group has three modern and very well equipped research laboratories: The Motion Analysis Lab, The Physiology Lab, and the Optics/NIRS laboratory. These research facilities enables a very large variety of measurements and research in biomechanics, motion analysis, force development and muscle activation, actigraphy, hemodynamics and cardiovascular physiology, metabolism and energy expenditure.