Introducing the latest ReDS Headliners…

This week’s ReDS Headliners were Professor Wendy Drechsler, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange for the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, and Casey Edmonds, a research fellow within the Cass School of Education and Communities.

Professor Wendy Drechsler spoke about the work of the Human Motor Performance Group – a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in physiotherapy, podiatry, sports science, exercise physiology and biomechanics.  Using the latest technology and resources, the group is investigating how physical factors impact physiological and biomechanical function across the lifespan and are evaluating physical interventions to mitigate the effects of disease and trauma. Key research programmes focus on haemophilia, childhood obesity, arthritis, and stroke rehabilitation.

Wendy also spoke about the William Scholl Endowment Fund that was set up to support Podiatric research, education and training at UEL. More details of the fund can be found on HSB webpages.

The Human Motor Performance Research Group has successfully secured external research funding from The Haemophilia Society, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Department of Health (DOH), William Scholl Endowment Fund, Greek Government MSc and PhD Scholarships, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the Stroke Association.

The Group also collaborate with national and international academic and clinical partners which include: University of Oxford, Southampton University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of West of England, Salford University, Haemophilia Centres in Cambridge, Oxford, Kent, Great Ormond Street, Royal London and St Thomas’, Bart’s Health and Homerton NHS Trust, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc Brussels, Alexander Institute of Technology, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Casey Edmonds is a UEL psychology graduate and is currently a research fellow in the Cass School of Education and Communities. Casey has been working with Professor John Preston on his ESRC research into disaster preparedness and education, focusing on developing materials for people with autism.

She is also doing a PhD on the lived experiences of children diagnosed with Dyspraxia in UK secondary schools. Casey is interested in hearing from other UEL researchers who have had experience of securing research funding whilst completing a PhD.

Would you like to be a ReDS Headliner?

If you are looking for funding support and would like to tell us about your research at one of our ReDS Headliner events then please email

Events take place once a month at the UEL Canary Wharf Offices and are a great chance to meet the ReDS team, get advice, and hear about other research taking place across UEL.

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