Areas of Expertise

GCU has expertise in enabling technologies in the areas of human performance measurement, for example gait, joint movement, free-living activity and muscle function; medical imaging, in particular diagnostic medical ultrasound; and computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacture (CAM) of assistive devices such as orthotics.

Biological expertise in Diabetes, supported by major funding agencies, includes islet transplantation, adipokine and lipid biology, cell-to-cell communication, with developing interests in antioxidant function, bacterial infection, retinopathy and inflammatory pain. GCU is unique in its research work in the field of diabetic foot disease. Professor Stuart Baird and Christine Skinner are pioneering education and training programmes in the Middle East, India and Far East, and campaigning for greater awareness of the serious effects of the illness.

Research in Biological and Biomedical Sciences includes cell and molecular biomedicine, pharmacological and physiological bioscience, and microbial and food science.

Research in food sciences, led by Professors Kofi Aidoo and Richard Tester, includes fungi and microbial toxins in food, food fermentations, food-borne pathogens, structure and functionality of carbohydrates, environmental effects on carbohydrate biosynthesis, and food and pharmaceutical applications of carbohydrates.

Experts at GCU aim to inform the design of interventions to promote health and prevent illness. Researchers draw together strengths in health improvement, health protection and health promotion from a variety of perspectives, including health ethics and policy, theories of behaviour change, and the design and evaluation of theory-informed interventions.

GCU has a programme of research exploring the relationship between physical activity and health risk factors across the age range from young children to the elderly. Experts are also focused on promoting positive ageing, managing age-related conditions and syndromes, and improving health and social care. Evidence synthesis and application is a cross-cutting theme demonstrating our commitment to work with NHS, independent and third sector providers to advance health and social care practice.

Visual neuroscience research aims to understand how the visual system is organised in the normal human brain, how it develops, and how aging and brain damage affect this system with the final goal of developing novel strategies for restoring vision through a multidisciplinary approach. The group’s work is based on a wide range of technical approaches, including electrophysiology (fNIRS, VEP, EEG), functional neuroimaging, voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping, psychophysics, eye tracking and motion tracking, and computational modelling.

In Scotland, expertise in the field of telehealth has developed through the combined efforts of academics, business and healthcare professionals. At GCU, we are working to promote physical independence by involving users in rehabilitation, including through dynamic visualisations of movement data.