The Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders with Exercise Sciences (ReMeDES) group was established in 1998 by Prof Andrew Lemmey. Working closely with clinicians and health care professionals from the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (BCUHB) based in North West Wales, the group provides internationally-renowned research into various musculoskeletal disorders.
The group has current Research Development Group (RDG) status in the Wales Arthritis Research Network (WARN).
To determine the mechanisms of muscle loss, impaired functional status, and disability in diseases characterised by muscle wasting (principally rheumatoid arthritis and chronic renal failure (CRF); also ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myositis, fibromyalgia, renal insufficiency, and prostate cancer).
To investigate and evaluate the efficacy of interventions (e.g. exercise, anabolic agents, anti-cytokine therapy, and nutritional supplements) aimed at restoring muscle mass and functional capacity, and attenuating disability.
In order to conduct our research, the group utilises a range of quality facilities and pieces of equipment. The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University includes use of a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner to provide measurements of tissue composition and is seen as the gold standard for measuring body composition. Bangor University's was the first UK Sports Science School to install a DEXA and use it for research. We have three exercise physiology testing and rehabilitation laboratories including ultrasound, isokinetic dynamometer facilities; and a dedicated biochemistry and cell biology laboratory.
The 'Peter Maddison Rheumatology Centre (PMRC)' in Llandudno General Hospital (opened July 2013) is used for education, training and clinical research aimed at improving the quality of life for people with arthritis. The centre provides state-of-the-art facilities, which include an Infusion Day Unit, patient consultation and clinical procedure areas, clean and dirty utility rooms, as well as meeting rooms