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Name: Prof Cathy Holt

Institution: Cardiff University

Theme or Role: OATech+ Network Principle Investigator


Brief biography: I am a Professor of Biomechanics and Orthopaedic Engineering, working in the Health, Technology and the Digital World research theme, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University. I am also the Biomechanics, Motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Team Leader for the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre (ARUKBBC), and director of the new Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility, Cardiff University. My main research interests are in 3D motion analysis, biomechanics and orthopaedic engineering, analysis and classification of joint function and novel applications of motion capture. My ideas in developing motion capture, analysis and classification for orthopaedics and functional changes due to degenerative joint disease and surgical intervention have led to securing, with colleagues, external grant support totalling £8 million. This cross-school vision led to the co-coordination of a successful bid for the cross-disciplinary ARUKBBC which attracted £2.5M from Arthritis Research UK and £7.5M from 6 Cardiff University Schools. My collaborations with UK and international universities and industrial companies from several countries, has involved research leadership on projects funded by Research Councils, Charity and Industry, and contribution to over 100 refereed research papers to International Journals and Conferences in countries including the UK, USA and Europe. I referee for several international journals and was Guest Editor for the International Journal of Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. I have also been a project reviewer for the European Commission, proposal evaluator for international and UK Research Councils, member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and an assessor for several charities.

I am the lead on the Research Feasibility Project looking at developing protocols for in-vivo based imaging in OA and the scoping review on remote technology for biomechanics data collection. The latter arose as a project in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the need for understanding ways in which human-based data can be collected remotely.