Board of Directors
Professor Malcolm Granat (President)
School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
Malcolm Granat is a Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Salford. He is engaged in research looking at the quantification of free-living physical behaviours in a range of populations and conditions.
Professor Hans Bussmann ( Vice President)
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Erasmus MC – University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Hans Bussmann is Associate Professor at Erasmus MC. He is responsible for the research within the research line MoveFit, aiming at understanding and optimizing physical behaviour and fitness in people with chronic conditions.
Professor Alan Donnelly (Treasurer)
Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland
Professor Donnelly teaches the undergraduate programmes of Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, and taught postgraduate programmes in Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
Professor Jorunn Helbostad (Co-Secretary)
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Jorunn L Helbostad is physiotherapist by background and holds a professor position at the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is leading the cross disciplinary research network, Human Motor Control, as part of NTNUs thematic area of priority Medical Technology. Her research focuses on movement disorders, gait and balance disorders, and falls in older persons, as well as on assessment of gait and physical activity by use of body worn sensors.
Dr. Miriam Cabrita (Co-Secretary)
Roessingh Research and Development, the Netherlands and University of Twente, the Netherlands
Miriam Cabrita is a researcher in eHealth & Telemedicine at Roessingh Research and Development, in Enschede, the Netherlands. In her daily work she contributes to the design and evaluation of eHealth technologies for those with chronic diseases or age related impairments. Miriam has a background in Biomedical Engineering and she was awarded her PhD on the topic “Active and Pleasant Ageing supported by Technology” in 2017. Miriam is also the manager of the research program on Personalized eHealth Technology of the University of Twente. This research program brings together several disciplines of the University of Twente (e.g. Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering & Design) to create innovative personalized eHealth services for all citizens, especially for those with chronic conditions.
Professor Jeff Hausdorff
Movement Disorders Unit at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC), Israel
For the past twenty years, Dr. Hausdorff has studied neurodynamics and the application of statistical physics to the study of gait, heart rate dynamics, and brain function, with a special focus on gait variability, “fractal” physiology, and falls in older adults and patients with neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Sarah Keadle
Department of Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University, USA
Dr. Sarah Keadle is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests are examining the dose-response relationship between physical activity, sedentary behavior and cancer prevention and understanding the impact of different measurement tools on the interpretation of these relationships.
Dr. Bronwyn K. Clark
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Bronwyn Clark is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the School of Population Health based at Herston. She was awarded her PhD on the topic of measurement of adults’ sedentary behaviour in May 2012. Since that time she has worked as a part-time research fellow focussing on measures of sedentary behaviour and the quality of these measures for health behaviour and epidemiological studies.
Dr. Richard (Rick) Troiano (Advisory Board Member)
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, National Cancer Institute, USA
Dr. Richard (Rick) Troiano is a Program Director in the Risk Factor Assessment Branch of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Troiano promotes the validation and use of accelerometer-based devices in the assessment of physical activity in research and population surveillance. He is interested in promoting improved understanding of the information obtained from devices and self-reports and the analytic implications of different data sources.
Dr. David R. Bassett, Jr. (Advisory Board Member)
Professor and Interim Department Head, Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA
David Bassett’s main research interest is the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, especially with objective methods. He and his colleagues have studied the validity and reliability of pedometers, accelerometers, and heart rate monitors, and have developed new methods to measure physical activity in free-living people. Bassett has used pedometers to measure walking in various populations. Bassett has collaborated with researchers in the transportation policy and planning field to publish a study on walking, cycling, and obesity rates in fifteen countries on three continents. They reported that Europeans walked and cycled more than North Americans and Australians, and that levels of active transportation were inversely related to obesity rates in these countries. Currently, he and his colleagues are studying relationships between physical activity and obesity using state-level data within the US.