Professor Heidi Probst formally appointed director of Health Research Institute

We’re delighted to announce that Professor Heidi Probst has been formally appointed director of our Health Research Institute (HRI). The HRI brings together academics and professionals who deliver research, innovation and knowledge exchange in health and wellbeing across the lifespan. Heidi has kindly been speaking to us about her appointment . . . “I am delighted to be formally…

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Groundbreaking study explores the benefits of water-based exercise

Researchers at Hallam have undertaken a groundbreaking study to explore the cardio-protective benefits of water-based exercise. With the results of the study now published in Frontiers of Physiology, we caught up with Dr Markos Klonizakis (reader – clinical physiology) to learn a little bit more about the innovative research project . . . What motivated you to undertake the research project? I am…

Digital dysphagia guide supports staff in care homes

A digital dysphagia guide developed by colleagues at Hallam has been providing support to staff in care homes. The project was funded by Abbeyfield Foundation and Innovate UK, with collaboration between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Hallam University, and NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. We have been speaking with Dr Julie Skilbeck (Senior…

Summer success for online resource supporting people with dementia

In March 2020, Lab4Living, in collaboration with allied heath professionals from Alzheimer Scotland, launched Connecting People, Connecting Support, an online resource to support people with dementia and their families. The website hosts a range of interactive research-informed resources that promote quality of life. The website was designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented people with…

Hallam research gives hope to developing new cancer-fighting drugs

Lucy Flint, a final-year PhD student at the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (BMRC) at Hallam, has been working with AstraZeneca to successfully characterise a 3D cell culture model. It is hoped the research findings can assist in the development of new anticancer drugs. Analytical Chemistry, a scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society, will also be featuring…

Over 150 attendees participate in online CPD event

  Claire Staniland (senior lecturer in physiotherapy) recently ran an evening CPD event, which involved over 150 attendees participating online via Zoom. The key topic for the evening was Covid-19. Claire has kindly been talking to us about the event. What motivated you to run the event? The event was organised as additional learning during the…

Hedgehogs on Campus generates huge response

Over the summer months, Michelle Hood (senior lecturer in diagnostic imaging) has been busy coordinating the University’s Hedgehogs on Campus campaign. With autumn, and the return of staff and students to campus, fast approaching, we caught up with Michelle to learn more about the campaign’s recent achievements, and also it’s upcoming plans. Covid-19 has made it a surreal summer for lots of us. How…

Dr Laura Kilby sheds light on imposter syndrome

Dr Laura Kilby (reader in social psychology) was recently interviewed on Salford City Radio, discussing the psychology of imposter syndrome. Laura has now kindly offered to answer a few questions on the subject: What is imposter syndrome? There are three main components to imposter syndrome (IS). Firstly, it involves a deeply held belief that other people…

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Reviewing elite tennis performance – a CSER project

The physical demands of elite tennis performance continue to evolve, reflecting equipment and player conditioning advances. And whilst tennis performance data exist in the public domain, data sources are sporadic, incomplete and often address focused but disparate research aims. Dr Marcus Dunn (research fellow) has been working with colleagues in the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)…