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Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE)

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Research history

We have a history of research going back to the 1960s, when Dr Philip Nichol first started developing research at the Mary Marlborough Lodge, and the 1970s, when the Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre started research into neurological conditions. The name Rivermead continues in the Rivermead Research Institute (our research base, which is in the OCE building).

We also have a long history of translating research into practice. For example there are at least five 'Rivermead' assessments that are used on a daily basis clinically around the world. Perhaps the best known are the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test and the Rivermead Mobility Index (both available in many languages).

Current research

We have close links with both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.

Current projects include:

  • functional MRI studies of phantom pain in upper limb amputees and possible treatments
  • treatment of visual neglect after stroke using prisms and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TCMS)
  • sleep quality and motor learning after stroke and head injury.

These are all in collaboration with the Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) Department, University of Oxford

With the Engineering Department at the University of Oxford, we are collaborating with projects analysing human movement after upper limb amputation and designing a higher functioning electronic upper limb prosthesis for use in the less developed countries of the world.

We have strong links with the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University and are engaged a number of projects with them.