Guest Lecture at Kent Surrey and Sussex Surgery Research Day – Friday 17th June

Prof Swaine was invited to present details of “From ideas to recruitment – how to set and fund an NIHR study”. The research day was hosted by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Surgery Research Network and was held at Maidstone Hospital Postgraduate Centre. The event was well attended and there were some excellent presentations of original surgery research work. Prizes were awarded for the best research study presentations. Read more about the event here:


The Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise

Prof Swaine has taken a significant step towards re-shaping the research culture within Sports Science at the University of Greenwich, by re-naming the research centre to reflect a broader remit within Sport and Exercise Science to include research not only relating to ‘Sports Science’ but also to include ‘Sports Medicine’ and ‘Exercise Science’.

“The Sports Science team at the University of Greenwich already carried out Sports Medicine research and Exercise science (health-related research), but it wasn’t reflected in the former research centre title and remit”.

These changes give the research Centre a new additional theme – clinical exercise science – which reflects the significant research work that Prof Swaine is involved in, with Medical Consultants at local Kent Hospitals (such as Maidstone and Medway).

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Professor Swaine to give Public Lecture on the Role of Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise

The role of exercise in helping patients to recover from major surgery is among the topics being explored at a free University of Greenwich public lecture in Medway.

The ways in which exercise can help people in many other walks of life will also be discussed, from improving balance and preventing falls to speeding up recuperation after illness and aiding stroke victims who find it difficult to swallow.

Professor Ian Swaine, from the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, will be speaking on The role of science and medicine in sport and exercise on Wednesday 11 November. He will also discuss a training machine he has created, a ‘swimulator’, which measures swimming performance but is used on dry land.

“Innovations in sport and exercise range from carbon fibre bicycles to heart-rate based training methods, and from drug detection to talent identification,” he says. “It is a rich area of research producing some fascinating new work.”

The university’s Head of Sports Science, Professor Swaine has a wealth of experience in working with patients in the aftermath of serious operations such as abdominal surgery. He will share with his audience some of the breakthroughs that advances in science and medicine have made in his field.

He has been involved in internationally recognised work on preventing hypertension (high blood pressure) using a little-known form of exercise which involves muscle force without movement. This ‘static’ or ‘isometric’ exercise is currently being explored as a means to prevent strokes.

The event takes place on Wednesday 11 November. It begins at 6.30pm in the Ward Room, Pembroke, Medway Campus, and will be followed by light refreshments. It is the second in the new public lecture series run by the Faculty of Engineering & Science.

To register, or for more information, call 020 8331 9800020 8331 9800 or email



Prestigious grant funding awarded to help cancer patients get BETTER after surgery

A new project to help patients recover their physical abilities after cancer surgery has been awarded £340,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Prof. Ian Swaine has brought together a group of researchers from across Kent who have been successful is securing £340,000 in grant funding from the NIHR. The grant, which will be used to fund a feasibility study for the project ‘BETTER’ (Basic Exercise Training to Enhance Recovery). Members of the research group specialise in diverse topics such as surgery, physiotherapy, nursing, health studies and exercise science.

The project is the first of its kind to focus on the debilitating problems associated with loss of physical strength related to the after effects of stomach and chest surgery for cancer. This type of surgery can lead people to have difficulty going about their normal daily activities such as getting dressed or sitting upright. The aim of the project is to help patients regain their physical ability through the development of an innovative exercise programme.

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