Research conducted at the Centre for Living impacts the lives of communities and individuals in a variety of ways. One area of research activity is musculoskeletal health, covering degenerative and inflammatory joint diseases and other chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes.

An interdisciplinary team of health professionals, bioengineers, and human movement scientists undertakes applied health research, with the goal of developing interventions that target the right treatment for the right patient at the right stage of their condition. The group has a strong profile of external research funding and international collaborators in academia, SMEs and industry.

The A-FOOTPRINT project, led by GCU and funded by the European Commission, looked to develop novel and highly personalised ankle/foot and foot orthoses exploiting new capabilities with 3D printing technologies.

The findings led to the adoption of new 3D manufacturing processes in an SME pilot factory and production and commercialisation of new orthotic products. Centre researchers have since gained further funding for additional projects aimed at developing novel orthotic interventions ─ for example, for people with diabetes at high risk of foot ulceration and amputation, in collaboration with Washington University in Seattle.

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