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Dr Andrew Winnard


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Andrew -Winnard ,-Northumbria -University -webAndrew worked in the NHS and in medical operations at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany before completing a PhD at Northumbria University in 2016.  Andrew’s PhD investigated the biomechanics of exercise on a European Space Agency flagship medical project rehabilitation device, for reconditioning deep spinal postural muscles following deconditioning (such as from space flight and in regular low back pain).

Andrew remains heavily involved in Human Spaceflight both in research and leading national space R&D organisations.  This included chairing the UK Space Biomedicine Association in 2012 and holding the role of Coordinator of the UK Space Environments Association since 2013.  The UK Space Environments Association has recently become a part of the STFC funded UK Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office.  In this role Andrew is facilitating space research and development across the UK. 

Other research projects have included collaborating with the European Space Agency to develop running gait analysis as part of the Agency’s Astronaut Fitness Assessment and running studies investigating rehabilitation of deep spinal muscles in Astronauts.  Andrew led a systematic review of spaceflight countermeasures to prevent changes to the spine in astronauts.  This led to operational and research recommendations published ESA report.  From this he is now leading formation of an international Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group that will synthesise evidence to inform operational guidelines and decision making around medical issues in aerospace industries (space medicine, civil and military aviation).  This group has received endorsements from ESA, the CAA, RAF, Aerospace Medicine Association, International Space University as well as UK Space Industry including Blue Abyss and SeaSpace Research Ltd. 

Space Environments

Campus Address

Northumberland Building


Physiotherapy MSc September 01 2011

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Comparison of Exercise Interventions from Bed Rest Studies for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Loss, Konda, N., Karri, R., Winnard, A., Nasser, M., Evetts, S., Boudreau, E., Caplan, N., Gradwell, D., Velho, R. 8 May 2019, In: npj Microgravity
  • Effect of time on biomechanics during exercise on the functional re-adaptive exercise device, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Parmar, A., Schuren, T., Caplan, N. 17 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Effect of time on human muscle outcomes during simulated microgravity exposure without countermeasures – systematic review, Winnard, A., Scott, J., Waters, N., Vance, M., Caplan, N. 16 Aug 2019, In: Frontiers in Physiology
  • Use of pedometers as a tool to promote daily physical activity levels in patients with COPD: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Armstrong, M., Winnard, A., Chynkiamis, N., Boyle, S., Burtin, C., Vogiatzis, I. 13 Nov 2019, In: European Respiratory Review
  • Countermeasure Development for Lumbopelvic Deconditioning in Space, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Caplan, N. 30 May 2018, Into Space, InTech
  • Human Biomechanical and Cardiopulmonary Responses to Partial Gravity - A Systematic Review, Richter, C., Braunstein, B., Winnard, A., Nasser, M., Weber, T. 15 Aug 2017, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Movement amplitude on the Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device: deep spinal muscle activity and movement control, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Samson, L., Weber, T., Caplan, N. Aug 2017, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Systematic Review of countermeasures to minimise physiological changes and risk of injury to the lumbopelvic area following long-term microgravity, Winnard, A., Nasser, M., Debuse, D., Stokes, M., Evetts, S., Wilkinson, M., Hides, J., Caplan, N. Jan 2017, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
  • The immediate effects of exercise using the Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device on lumbopelvic kinematics in people with and without low back pain, Winnard, A., Debuse, D., Wilkinson, M., Tahmosybayat, R., Caplan, N. 31 Jan 2017, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice

PGR Supervision

  • Jonathan Laws Start: 01/10/2018
  • Patrick Swain Start: 01/10/2019


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