School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Health technologies

Work in this research area aims to develop more sophisticated measurement methodologies/technologies to advance our understanding of the interplay between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health.

In addition to understanding the behavioural context, we also strive to quantify the factors that influence the physiological response to these behaviours; chief among them, metabolism, skeletal muscle, bone, and mental health. We also use technologies to help and motivate people to be healthier.

Staff aligned to this research area:

Recent projects:

The Applied Cognition, Technology and Interaction Group

The Applied Cognition, Technology and Interaction Group (ACTING) is an open network of researchers working to promote interdisciplinarity and exchange between biomedical, psychological, design, and interactional research that supports the wellbeing, mental health, and independence of people living with dementia, cognitive decline and associated disabilities.

As well as giving researchers the opportunity to network, the group also aims to engage with the intended beneficiaries of their research – people living with dementia and related impairments and disabilities, as well as health/social care professionals and policymakers. Through design feedback sessions and other events, we aim to involve people in shaping early-stage research, and to foster ongoing relationships that open the research process to forms of engaged co-production.

For more information, visit the ACTING website.

Dementia diagnostics

Loughborough University contributors: Stephan Bandelow, Eef Hogervorst, Jordan Elliot King, Mark Platt, Paul Thomas (Chemistry), Paul Drew (Social Sciences), Mass Zecca (Electrical Engineering), Alexandra Stolzig and Sourav Gosh (Mechanical and Materials Engineering).

Project Description:

We (Bandelow and Hogervorst) in collaboration with the University of Oxford developed and validated a binary computerized diagnostic system which implements all major dementia diagnostic criteria. Our research involving over 200 post-mortem confirmed cases and controls showed that using this system increased the diagnostic accuracy (Hogervorst,2003).

We also investigate diagnostic accuracy of cognitive and other tests for dementia. For instance, our work with the adjusted Hopkins Verbal Learning Test (HVLT, Hogervorst, 2002; 2011; Xin, 2014) led to this test being used as a gold standard screening test for community health settings in Indonesia. Our computerized tests are currently validated for dementia diagnostics in learning disabled populations with the University of Leicester. In associated work we are also investigating biomarkers and other aspects of dementia diagnostics such as gait and discourse.

Collaborators: University of Oxford and University of Leicester

Funders: Brisol Meyers Squibb and ARUK



A Web-Based Cardiac REhabilitatioN Alternative for Those Declining or Dropping Out Of Conventional Rehabilitation: The WREN Feasibility Study

Loughborough University contributors: Lead investigator - Sally Singh (also UHL)

Project Description:

The acute and on-going management of individuals with cardiac disease has been outlined in many national and international guidelines and acknowledges the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in the care pathway of these individuals. However the uptake to cardiac rehabilitation is below that anticipated and alternative approaches must be tested.

The ‘activateyourheart’ website ( is a comprehensive password protected interactive cardiac rehabilitation website that supports a patient though the programme.  The current study is a 2 centre study, assessing the feasibility of delivering this alternative web-based cardiac rehabilitation intervention for those who decline or drop out from conventional supervised cardiac rehabilitation.

Collaborators: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, University of Leicester, Coventry University, University of Birmingham, University of Oxford.

Funder: Research for Patient Benefit – National Institute for Health Research