Our current research projects are detailed below.
This research is being carried out by researchers at The Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, and funded by Facial Palsy UK. The aim is to find out the research priorities as perceived by health professionals and key stakeholders, such as service users and their families, the voluntary sector and researchers. See final summary here.
The purpose of the FRAME project is to develop a device in the form of a pair of glasses which will allow people living with facial palsy to carry out their exercises more easily. The project has been supported by The National Institute of Health research. The project leader is Mr. Charles Nduka, (Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon). Other stakeholders include Facial Palsy UK, Emteq Limited, Nottingham Trent University and Queen Victoria Hospital.
The MIRROR App is being integrated with the FRAME project above. We are developing an app that turns your iPad into a facial feedback mirror. The iPad’s camera acts as a facial scanner and will automatically locate specific landmarks, and documents the movement over time. Importantly your improvement in symmetry is tracked over time and your progress can be visualised on a graph. Initially development of the MIRROR app was paused due to a lack of funding, however work has resumed. If you would like to be informed about the development of rehabilitation aids, please register your interest with our partners Emteq via the contact us link on their page.
Last reviewed: 26-06-2017 || Next review due: 26-06-2019