Professor Bull’s research is focused on the basic mechanics of joints (including the tissues of joints and the mechanics of joints within the whole musculoskeletal system) and the application of this knowledge and technologies developed to the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies and performance parameters. These are applied to Sport Biomechanics, Injury Biomechanics (focusing on Blast), and the Biomechanics of Ageing including Osteoarthritis.
His main areas of expertise in sports biomechanics are in spinal mechanics in rowing and the biomechanics of the upper arm in cricket. This has been funded by GB Rowing, UK Sport, English Institute of Sport, MCC, and EPSRC. This has also led to the development of the Sports Innovation Challenge, a £1 million project that runs curriculum based projects for equipment for disabled athletes.
Bull leads and is PI on the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies that exists to improve the mitigation of injury, improve and advance treatment, rehabilitation and recovery thus increasing lifelong health and quality of life after blast injury (www.imperial.ac.uk/blastinjurystudies). This has a strong biomechanics focus on lower limb and spinal injuries and he has extensive research activity in the area of ligament injuries due to sporting activities.
As Director of the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC (www.imperial.ac.uk/msk) Professor Bull leads his own research group in musculoskeletal dynamics, and also provides underlying research technology support for nine other investigators funded through the Centre. He has in addition extensive research activity in orthopaedic implant and surgical design in many areas associated with lower limb and upper limb biomechanics and ageing.
Anthony was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013. He is immediate past Chair of the Engineering in Medicine and Health Division Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is a past member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Panel and sits on the Bioengineering Society main committee.
Anthony's previous departmental roles are Director of Courses and Deputy Head of Department. His term as Head of Department started in 2012.
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