Published: 23 July 2012 at 15:30
New Anglia Ruskin research project will build picture of local walking style
Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford are calling on the public to assist them in capturing the “Essex swagger”, which could help provide better treatment for UK patients.
The gait analysis laboratory at Anglia Ruskin’s Postgraduate Medical Institute is an exact replica of the one at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the leading hospital for orthopaedics in the United States.
However, because the lab is the first of its kind in the UK, the only database of “normal” gait, or walking style, available to Anglia Ruskin scientists also comes from New York.
Dr Rajshree Mootanah, Director of the Medical Engineering Research Group at Anglia Ruskin, believes that the people of Essex are likely to have a different gait to New Yorkers, and a research project to establish a local database will allow more accurate testing and analysis of patients, ranging from burns victims to those who have just undergone hip or knee surgery.
Anyone interested in taking part in the study should email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08451963909 (9am-5pm).