shining light on the body


                                                Haemoglobin changes colour as it binds oxygen          

Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is able to use colour changes in the 700 - 1000 nm region to measure absolute and relative levels of chromophores in the body e.g. oxyhaemoglobin, deoxyhaemoglobin, lipid, mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase. We are particularly interested in the colour changes of the blood oxygen transporting protein, haemoglobin. Changes in these chromophore concentrations can be used to measure brain injury, brain activity, muscle blood flow and muscle oxygen consumption. I have clinical interests in using mathematical modelling to inform the treatment of brain injury and sports interests in informing training techniques in elite athletes. My work in this area has been funded by the UK’s Medical Research and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust, Artinis Inc, the British Olympic Association and elite sports teams. Se

    This enables us to measure brain function                         Or sports performance in elite athletes

Miracle Body: Russia’s golden mermaids

Our Near infrared Spectroscopy research was used as part of a multi-award winning Japanese NHK documentary explaining the physiology of Russia’s gold medal winning synchronised swimmers.

Watch the video in English

Watch the video in Japanese