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Dr Andrew Winnard

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Andrew -Winnard ,-Northumbria -University -webAndrew worked in the NHS and in medical operations at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany before completing a PhD at Northumbria University in 2016.  Andrew’s PhD investigated the biomechanics of exercise on a European Space Agency flagship medical project rehabilitation device, for reconditioning deep spinal postural muscles following deconditioning (such as from space flight and in regular low back pain).

Andrew remains heavily involved in Human Spaceflight both in research and leading national space R&D organisations.  This included chairing the UK Space Biomedicine Association in 2012 and holding the role of Coordinator of the UK Space Environments Association since 2013.  The UK Space Environments Association has recently become a part of the STFC funded UK Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office.  In this role Andrew is facilitating space research and development across the UK. 

Other research projects have included collaborating with the European Space Agency to develop running gait analysis as part of the Agency’s Astronaut Fitness Assessment and running studies investigating rehabilitation of deep spinal muscles in Astronauts.  Andrew led a systematic review of spaceflight countermeasures to prevent changes to the spine in astronauts.  This led to operational and research recommendations published ESA report.  From this he is now leading formation of an international Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group that will synthesise evidence to inform operational guidelines and decision making around medical issues in aerospace industries (space medicine, civil and military aviation).  This group has received endorsements from ESA, the CAA, RAF, Aerospace Medicine Association, International Space University as well as UK Space Industry including Blue Abyss and SeaSpace Research Ltd. 

Space Environments

Campus Address

Northumberland Building



Qualifications

  • PhD November 01 2016
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) September 01 2012
  • Physiotherapy MSc September 01 2011
  • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) September 01 2007
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2018
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists MCSP 2008
  • Registered Physiotherapist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council 2008

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Effectiveness of nutritional countermeasures in microgravity and its ground-based analogues to ameliorate musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary deconditioning – A Systematic Review, Sandal, P., Kim, D., Fiebig, L., Winnard, A., Caplan, N., Green, D., Weber, T. 27 May 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Effects of a six-week exercise intervention on function, pain and lumbar multifidus muscle cross-sectional area in chronic low back pain: A proof-of-concept study, Lindsay, K., Caplan, N., Weber, T., Salomoni, S., De Martino, E., Winnard, A., Scott, J., Young, E., Hides, J., Hodges, P., Debuse, D. 16 May 2020, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
  • Hypogravity reduces trunk admittance and lumbar muscle activation in response to external perturbations, De Martino, E., Salomoni, S., Winnard, A., McCarty, K., Lindsay, K., Riazati, S., Weber, T., Scott, J., Green, D., Hides, J., Debuse, D., Hodges, P., Van Dieën, J., Caplan, N. Apr 2020, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Systematic review of the technical and physiological constraints of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that affect the capability of astronauts to exercise effectively during spaceflight, Laws, J., Caplan, N., Bruce-Martin, C., McGrogan, C., Lindsay, K., Wild, B., Debuse, D., Wotring, V., Winnard, A. 1 May 2020, In: Acta Astronautica
  • A Comparison of Exercise Interventions from Bed Rest Studies for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Loss, Konda, N., Karri, R., Winnard, A., Nasser, M., Evetts, S., Boudreau, E., Caplan, N., Gradwell, D., Velho, R. 8 May 2019, In: npj Microgravity
  • Effect of time on biomechanics during exercise on the functional re-adaptive exercise device, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Parmar, A., Schuren, T., Caplan, N. 17 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Sports Sciences

PGR Supervision

  • Jonathan Laws Start: 01/10/2018
  • Patrick Swain Start: 01/10/2019

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My PhD investigated the biomechanics of exercise on a European Space Agency flagship medical project rehabilitation device, for reconditioning deep spinal postural muscles following deconditioning (such as from space flight and in regular low back pain).  I remain heavily involved in Human Spaceflight both in research and leading national space R&D organisations.  This includes chairing the UK Space Biomedicine Association in 2012 and holding the role of Coordinator of the UK Space Environments Association since 2013

During my PhD I led a systematic review of spaceflight countermeasures to prevent changes to the spine in astronauts.  This led to operational and research recommendations published ESA report.  From this I went on to establish and now lead an international Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group that synthesises evidence to inform operational guidelines and decision making around medical issues in aerospace industries (space medicine, civil and military aviation).  This group has received endorsements from European Space Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority, Royal Air Force, Aerospace Medicine Association, International Space University as well as UK Space Industry including Blue Abyss and SeaSpace Research Ltd.

I have also received several industry and academic awards including The Space Medicine Association's award to the Outstanding Student of Space Medicine - awarded in Chicago Il in 2013, the Outstanding Contribution to UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Award - awarded in Liverpool, UK in 2015 and the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organisation's Travel Scholarship, awarded in Orlando Fl in 2015.

My main interest is aerospace medicine with a strong grounding in physiotherapy and aerospace medicine systematic review research projects.  Other research projects have included collaborating with the European Space Agency to develop running gait analysis as part of the Agency’s Astronaut Fitness Assessment and running studies investigating rehabilitation of deep spinal muscles in Astronauts. 


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