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My clinical research focuses on exercise science and health research methodology. Since 2006 I have collaborated successfully with researchers at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, and more recently EHS Hospital, Morges, Switzerland. Our work spans two main themes; exercise testing and training studies in a variety of patient groups [1, 2], and industry-sponsored clinical trials in patients with chronic intractable pain. Our ultimate aim is to translate our research findings into real patient benefit.
In the exercise prehabilitation/ rehabilitation research area, our latest project is a feasibility study of high-intensity interval exercise training before abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery (http://www.controlled-trials.com/ISRCTN09433624). Related studies include a trial of exercise rehabilitation in survivors of critical illness, in which we observed clinically significant benefits in physical fitness. Both of these randomised trials were funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The exercise testing and training research programme involves researchers from across the University, including Professor Denis Martin (Health and Social Care Institute), Dr Matthew Weston (Social Futures Institute), and Professor Dr Gerard Danjoux (Department of Academic Anaesthesia at James Cook), a visiting professor here at Teesside. My recent research in the field of chronic pain includes randomised trials on novel drug delivery systems and approaches [3, 4] and spinal cord stimulation. Early in 2013, we reported the findings of the first successfully patient- and observer-blinded trial of spinal cord stimulation - a considerable design and methodological challenge . This research stream is funded by Medtronic, a world-leading company in medical device technology and therapy.
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