student profile: Mr Matthew Taylor


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Investigation and Quantification of FES Exercise - Isometric Electromechanics and Perceptions of Its Usage as an Exercise Modality for Various Populations

Supervisors: Andrew RUYS , Che FORNUSEK , David JAMES , Stephen SIMPSON , Adrian BAUMAN

Thesis abstract:

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the use of an electrical waveform to activate nerve and muscle. It is most commonly used as a rehabilitation therapy for individuals with paralysis (e.g., spinal cord injury). This thesis is examining Functional Electrical Stimulation exercise from two angles – Public Health and Biomechanics.

The public health component is focussed on encapsulating the perspectives of users of FES, as well as researchers and clinicians. These perspectives will be captured through qualitative research methods and help to hopefully guide future research through identification of shortcomings and knowledge gaps in this area.

The biomechanics component is examining the effect of different duty cycles of electrical stimulation on knee joint torque when the quadriceps is subjected to isometric FES exercise.

Although seemingly different, a unifying theme between the two parts of this thesis is isometric FES exercise. Isometric exercise has the advantage of being able to be performed more easily, for less cost and less effort from the perspective of equipment setup.

We envisage that this thesis will help in optimization of stimulation patterns for isometric FES. In addition, given the relatively low uptake of FES in the Australian population, we hope that the qualitative work will help to understand why this is the case, and what can be improved.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Taylor, M., Hanson, C., Casey, J., Craig, J., Harris, D., Tong, A. (2016). "You know your own fistula, it becomes a part of you"-Patient perspectives on vascular access: A semistructured interview study. Hemodialysis International, 20(1), 5-14. [More Information]
  • Taylor, M., Ruys, A., Michael, S., Jones, P., Fornusek, C. (2016). Use of a Load Cell and Isokinetic Dynamometer to Investigate a 6060-T5 Aluminium Orthosis for FES-Evoked Isometric Exercise. Materials Forum, 38, 195-204.

Conferences

  • Kwarcinski, J., Taylor, M., Boughton, P., Ruys, A. (2015). A Three-Tier model of biomedical engineering education: Examination of a case study. Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference 2015, Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia.
  • Taylor, M., Ruys, A., Dunstan, C., Shami, G., Agus, H. (2015). Medical Science As a useful adjunct to the biomedical engineering degree: A discussion of its' relevance in the context of implants. Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference 2015, Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia.

2016

  • Taylor, M., Hanson, C., Casey, J., Craig, J., Harris, D., Tong, A. (2016). "You know your own fistula, it becomes a part of you"-Patient perspectives on vascular access: A semistructured interview study. Hemodialysis International, 20(1), 5-14. [More Information]
  • Taylor, M., Ruys, A., Michael, S., Jones, P., Fornusek, C. (2016). Use of a Load Cell and Isokinetic Dynamometer to Investigate a 6060-T5 Aluminium Orthosis for FES-Evoked Isometric Exercise. Materials Forum, 38, 195-204.

2015

  • Kwarcinski, J., Taylor, M., Boughton, P., Ruys, A. (2015). A Three-Tier model of biomedical engineering education: Examination of a case study. Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference 2015, Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia.
  • Taylor, M., Ruys, A., Dunstan, C., Shami, G., Agus, H. (2015). Medical Science As a useful adjunct to the biomedical engineering degree: A discussion of its' relevance in the context of implants. Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference 2015, Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia.

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