Andy Meaney | Research Associate | Oxford Brookes University
I am head of the Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Unit at Oxford Brookes. We are part of a research team that explore the effects of physical exercise in children and adults with brain/ spinal injuries, cognitive impairment, neurological diseases and long term physical disabilities. I am also a Clinical Research Project Manager working in close association with the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Department of Cardiology at Oxford University.
Recently I’ve been working on a similar research project to Fit-to-Study investigating the effects of physical exercise on Year 9 pupils (age 13-14yrs). We’ve been using modern brain scanning techniques to explore the relationships between exercise, brain adaptations and motor skills. I’m also involved in a project examining the blood-pressure response to aerobic training in hypertensive young adults who had difficult birth histories.
On Fit to Study, I’ll be designing the physical exercise intervention and visiting schools to recruit volunteers from Year 8 to have their brain scanned at Oxford University!