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Dr Alix Chadwell

Research Assistant


Alix’s research currently focusses on upper limb prostheses. She first graduated from the University of Bath in 2012 with a Masters degree in Medical Engineering, before completing her PhD at the University of Salford in 2018. Her research aims to characterise each aspect of clinically prescribed prostheses to better understand how they can be improved, and to develop new methods for the assessment of prosthesis use outside of the clinic. She is currently involved in a collaborative project funded as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund with 4 UK and 2 international partners, to re-evaluate body-powered prostheses and develop a fit-for-purpose, affordable upper limb prosthesis in collaboration with partners in Uganda and Jordan.

Research Interests

  • Upper limb prosthetics (myoelectric/body-powered/passive)
  • Activity monitoring
  • Functionality and performance assessment
  • Also interested in other aspects of prostheses and assistive/rehabilitative devices and the use of these devices to encourage sporting participation

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2012 - MEng (hons) Medical Engineering – University of Bath
  • 2018 - Ph.D. Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering and Human Movement Sciences – University of Salford


  • Associate Member Institute of Mechanical Engineers (since 2013)
  • Associate Member Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (since 2017)
  • Member International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (since 2017)


Chadwell A, Kenney L, Granat M, Thies S, Galpin A and Head J. (2018); Upper limb activity in myoelectric prosthesis users is biased towards the intact limb and appears unrelated to goal-directed task performance. Scientific Reports Nature.

Chadwell A, Kenney L, Granat M, Thies S, Galpin A and Head J. (2017); Visualisation of upper limb activity using spirals: A new approach to the assessment of daily prosthesis usage. Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Chadwell A, Kenney L, Thies S, Galpin A and Head J. (2016); The Reality of Myoelectric Prostheses: Understanding What Makes These Devices Difficult for Some Users to Control. Frontiers in Neurorobotics.