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Nick graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Biomechanics. He subsequently joined Northumbria University where he is now Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation and Head of Department for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. He also leads the Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory. 

Throughout his academic career, Nick’s research has been underpinned by a strong background in the biomechanics of human movement, and the interaction between the human body and the external environment.  Since 2008, his research has focused on the development and evaluation of rehabilitative interventions for joint and postural instability. This overarching theme is underpinned by research looking at exercise rehabilitation strategies to restore spinal/postural stability as a result of muscular deconditioning in both patients and as a result of microgravity exposure. 

Nick works with a range of collaborators from around the world in research relating to aspects of musculoskeletal deconditioning.  Most notably, he has worked closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2009 due to the relevance of deep spinal muscle deconditioning to astronaut rehabilitation.  As a result of this collaboration, Nick has acted as an advisor to ESA in relation to exercise after spaceflight.  Nick has led a number of high profile research studies with NASA and ESA in simulated reduced gravity environments including long duration bedrest and parabolic flights on the Zero-G plane.

Nick is an Executive Board member of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association and has contributed to the UK Space Environment Working Group, advising the UK Space Agency on UK space life sciences. He was also a member of an ESA Topical Team on "Post-mission exercise (reconditioning)", making operational and research recommendations relating to astronaut health and its links to terrestrial healthcare.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Sports Science, PhD, University of Birmingham

… → 1 Dec 2005

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

Teaching & Learning, PCAPL

… → 1 Jul 2006

Award Date: 15 Sept 2005

Sports Science, BSc (Hons)

… → 1 Jul 2002

Award Date: 1 Sept 1999


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