Our mission and expertise
The RCSI School of Physiotherapy’s mission is to improve physical function, participation, well-being and lifelong health through impactful and innovative research. We evaluate healthcare interventions and models of care for people across the lifespan especially in sporting populations and people with long-term conditions.
Our expertise covers the clinical areas of neurology and gerontology, musculoskeletal health, cardiorespiratory health, obesity and paediatrics. We focus on (re)habilitation and physical activity to restore and maintain health and wellness in clinical populations, using digital technology, non-digital and public health approaches. We achieve our mission by partnering with the public, people living with long-term conditions, sporting populations, frontline health and social care professionals and interdisciplinary centres of excellence, within RCSI, nationally and internationally.
We are located on the RCSI Dublin campus with purpose-built facilities for our postgraduate students and research staff, and a fully-equipped movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with clinical sites throughout Ireland and abroad.
We are a dynamic group of experienced physiotherapy academic and clinical researchers with an excellent track record in securing grant income, publishing research papers, supervising Masters and PhD students and impacting healthcare education and delivery.
Research in numbers
- 7 principal investigators
- 2 visiting professors (Professor David Baxter, University of Otago, NZ and Professor Maria Stokes, University of Southampton, UK)
- 2 external lecturers (Sarah Rand, University College London and Dr Rose Galvin, University of Limerick Ireland)
- 5 research staff
- 18 postgraduate students (including five PhD students).
- >€2 million – current grant income
Research interests and methods expertise
- Monitoring and surveillance of injury (SCRUm study on schoolboy rugby injuries)
- Design and evaluation of healthcare and public health interventions for acute and chronic disease – Walking for Health in Severe Mental Illness (WORtH); StrokeCOG; W82GO and BigO; ENACt (ManagemENt of OsteoArthritis in Primary Care in Ireland)
- Evidence synthesis (systematic reviews and scoping reviews e.g. the Maintenance Of Physical AcTivity BeHaviour (MOTH) programme)
- User-centred design for the development of digital technology – Mobile Assistance for Groups and Individuals within the Community (MAGIC), mobile-health treatment for adolescent obesity)
- MAINTAIN programme exploring how to best maintain physical activity in people with long-term health conditions. Contacts: Suzanne McDonough, Aoife Stephenson.
- Measurement of movement (with sensors)
- Health professional training
- Public and patient involvement
- Improving Pathways for Acute Stroke And Rehabilitation (iPASTAR). Contacts: Prof. David Williams, Prof. Frances Horgan, Prof. Anne Hickey, Prof. Jan Sorensen.