Using biomechanical tools of analysis, Natalie investigates movement patterns in individuals with altered lower limb mechanics as a result of ageing, disease and trauma. To date, her research has focused primarily on working with vascular-related lower limb amputees, people with intermittent claudication caused by peripheral arterial disease, and individuals with osteoporosis.
Natalie collaborates with colleagues from a variety of disciplines such as physiotherapists, vascular consultants, medical engineers and psychologists. This research has attracted external funding from the National Institute for Health Research, Circulation Foundation, British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR), BUPA Foundation and Osteoporosis Research in East Yorkshire.
Prof Vanicek welcomes MSc/PhD applications in the areas of:
1) clinical gait analysis
2) falls prevention
3) evaluation of community exercise for people with limited mobility
Completed PhD students include:
1) Cleveland Barnett (PhD, 2011)
2) Lisa Alcock (PhD, 2013)
3) Stephanie King (PhD, 2015)
4) Amartya Ganguly (PhD, 2015)
5) Marnee McKay (PhD, 2017)
6) Ali Dostan (PhD, 2019)
7) Zoe Schafer (PhD, 2019)
8) Grace O'Carroll (PhD, 2019)
9) Stephen Hayes (PhD, 2020)