CTDRU Researchers

Peter W McCarthy
Primary Area of Interest: Neuroscience

I have been working at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, University of South Wales (previously Glamorgan) since 1999, following a decade of working at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. I have a strong background in teaching and enjoy developing my research through accessing a range of external funding sources such as KESS and A4B. Currently, I am Head of the Clinical Technology and Diagnostics Research Unit at the University and the Ethics champion for the faculty. My research interests centre around Neuroscience and application to understanding the impact of activity on function. This has enabled me to work across many areas of research such as chronic neck function changes in elite rugby and other sports, ergonomics and objectifying perceived comfort in seating, back pain and Raynaud’s phenomenon.

I am an Advisor and Hon. Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association as well as a Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors and European Academy of Chiropractic. I am a member of the Physiological Society and Society for Back Pain Research (on which i held a committee position). In addition, I am an associate editor for Chiropractic and Manual Therapies and an Editorial board member for Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In my spare time, I am a Research Director for Rikoset, a University spin to which works with elite athletes creating bespoke protection..

Bianca Zietsman
Primary Area of Interest: Neck Function in Elite sportspeople

I have been working with elite athletes over the past 6 years with regards to neck function. We have been fortunate enough to work with a variety of sports ranging from the Australian Rugby League team that are current world cup champions to the Welsh Womens Rugby Union team and Swans football academy. Ice Hockey, Touch, Welsh Deaf Rugby and GB swimmers are a few others we have measured over the years.

We have piloted a neck prehabilitation study in elite male rugby union players to lessen the effects of contact sport and presented the data at the prestigious IOC conference. We are currently looking at funding to create a full 4 arm trial.

Mark Williams
Primary Area of Interest: Clinical assessment technologies in primary and secondary healthcare

Mark Langweiler
Primary Area of Interest: Tai Chi, Seating biomechanics and wheelchair users

Lee McCarthy
Primary Area of Interest: Thermography

Annabel Kier – Primary Area of Interest: Clinical decision making and Education

David Byfield – Primary Area of Interest: Chiropractic skills and Education

Post-graduate research students