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Prof Gabor Barton

Prof Gabor Barton

Telephone: 0151 904 6263

Biography

Professor Gabor Barton (MD PhD), Professor of Clinical Biomechanics

After graduating as a medical doctor summa cum laude from the Medical University of Pécs in Hungary, Gabor moved into biomechanics research at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 1993. He then took up a position in the NHS to run the clinical gait analysis laboratory of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (1996-2001) where he tested the movement of hundreds of children to inform corrective surgical interventions. After returning to LJMU Gabor obtained his PhD in 2007 through developing artificial neural network based methods to aid clinical decision making in gait analysis of children with cerebral palsy. His main current research focus is virtual rehabilitation aiming to improve the selective movement control of children with smart games. He is also performing clinical gait analysis coupled with research for all patients in the UK with alkaptonuria, a rare genetic disease leading to early osteoarthritis. Gabor collaborates with Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the National Alkaptonuria Centre in Liverpool, and he is Consultant Advisor to The Movement Centre in Oswestry.

Languages

Hungarian

Degrees

Medical University of Pecs, Hungary, MD (summa cum laude)
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD

Publications

Highlighted publications

King SL, Barton GJ, Ranganath LR. 2017. Interpreting sources of variation in clinical gait analysis: A case study Gait and Posture, 52 :1-4 >DOI

Aljaaf AJ, Hussain AJ, Fergus P, Przybyla A, Barton GJ. 2016. Evaluation of Machine Learning Methods to Predict Knee Loading from the Movement of Body Segments 2016 INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON NEURAL NETWORKS (IJCNN), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) :5168-5173 >Link

Barton GJ, King SL, Robinson MA, Hawken MB, Ranganath LR. 2015. Age-related deviation of gait from normality in alkaptonuria 24 :39-44 >DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Holmes G, Schwartz MH. 2015. A gait index may underestimate changes of gait: a comparison of the Movement Deviation Profile and the Gait Deviation Index. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 18 :57-63

Robinson MA, Elliott D, Hayes SJ, Barton GJ, Bennett SJ. 2014. Primary and submovement control of aiming in C6 tetraplegics following posterior deltoid transfer JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 11 >DOI >Link

Barton GJ, De Asha AR, van Loon ECP, Geijtenbeek T, Robinson MA. 2014. Manipulation of visual biofeedback during gait with a time delayed adaptive Virtual Mirror Box JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 11 >DOI >Link

Robinson MA, Hayes SJ, Bennett SJ, Barton GJ, Elliott D. 2010. Sensory-motor equivalence: manual aiming in C6 tetraplegics following musculotendinous transfer surgery at the elbow. Exp Brain Res, 206 :81-91 >DOI >Link

Lees A, Steward I, Rahnama N, Barton GJ. 2009. Lower limb function in the maximal instep kick in soccer. Reilly T. Contemporary Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics :149-160 Taylor & Francis 9780415472722

Barton GJ. Advanced techniques to quantify deviation from normality. Levine D, Richards J, Whittle MW. Whittle’s Gait Analysis :119-121 Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. London

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Barton GJ, Moine C, Hawken MB. 2104. Hippotherapy without a horse: The effects of passive movement on core control Gait and Posture, ESMAC 42 S1 :S29-S29

Aljaaf AJ, Hussain AJ, Fergus P, Przybyla A, Barton GJ. 2016. Evaluation of Machine Learning Methods to Predict Knee Loading from the Movement of Body Segments 2016 INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON NEURAL NETWORKS (IJCNN), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) :5168-5173 >Link

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, King S, Robinson M, Ranganath L. 2015. Quantification of gait deviations in alkaptonuria: a comparison of joint angles versus marker coordinates Gait and Posture, 42 :S24-S24

Murphy AJ, Al-Amri M, Hawken MB, Barton GJ. 2015. Playing the goblin post office virtual rehabilitation game at home ISB 2015

Barton GJ, Hawkes DH, Alizadehkhaiyat O, Howard AJ, Roebuck MM, Fisher AC, Frostick SP, Robinson MA, Hawken MB. 2013. Correlation of the movement deviation profile of shoulder muscle EMG with measures of shoulder function Gait & Posture, 38, Supplement 1 :S28 >DOI >Link

Robinson MA, Barton GJ. 2012. The Role of the Transferred Posterior Deltoid in the Control of Horizontal Reaching 9th Conference of the International Shoulder Group

Robinson MA, Barton G, Lees A, Sett P. 2012. The reach co-ordination of tetraplegics in their 3D workspace after tendon transfer surgery At International Shoulder Group Meeting

Hawkes D, Alizadehkhaiyat O, Howard A, Roebuck M, Fisher T, Frostick S, Robinson MA, Barton G. 2012. The movement deviation profile: a valuable adjunct to EMG analysis 9th Conference of the International Shoulder Group, Aberystwyth

De Asha AR, Robinson M, Barton GJ. 2011. A marker based kinematic method of identifying initial contact during gait for use in real-time visual feedback applications in Gait and Posture, 20th ESMAC Meeting and Conference

Robinson MA, Hayes S, Bennett S, Barton G, Elliott D. 2010. Sensory motor equivalence: Manual aiming in tetraplegic patients following tendon transfer surgery 11th International Multisensory Research Forum

Robinson MA, Barton G, Lees A, Sett P. 2009. An electromyographic analysis of horizontal reaching following the transfer of the posterior deltoid in tetraplegics International Society of Biomechanics

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Butler PB, Holmes G, Foster RJ. 2009. Movement control of the trunk and pelvis in cerebral palsy diplegia. Gait and Posture, 18th ESMAC Meeting and Conference 30 :147-148

Lees A, Barton G, Kershaw L. 2003. The use of Kohonen neural network analysis to qualitatively characterize technique in soccer kicking JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 12th Commonwealth International Sport Conference 21 :243-244 >Link

Anderson J, King S, Przybyla A, Ranganath L, Barton GJ. Reduction of frontal plane knee moment caused by lateral trunk lean depends on step width

Hawkes D, Alizadehkhaiyat O, Fisher A, Frostick S, Barton GJ. Stratifying shoulder pathology: a novel application of the movement deviation profile XX. Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology

Hawkes D, Alizadehkhaiyat O, Fisher A, Frostick S, Barton GJ. STRATIFYING SHOULDER PATHOLOGY: A NOVEL APPLICATION OF THE MOVEMENT DEVIATION PROFILE CMAS

Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Butler PB, Holmes G, Barton GJ. Assessing postural and motor performance in rehabilitation using adaptive task difficulty in a training game 1st Joint World Congress of ISPGR and Gait & Mental Function

DeAsha, A , Robinson MA, Barton, G . A marker based kinematic method of identifying initial contact during gait for use in real-time visual feedback applications. European Society for Movement analysis Adults and Children

Barton GJ, Hawken M, Foster R, Holmes G, Butler PB. Virtual rehabilitation in cerebral palsy: from magic carpet to goblin post office 16th European Congress of Sport Science

Barton GJ, De Asha AR, Geijtenbeek T, Robinson MA. Development of a Virtual Mirror Box for spatial and temporal manipulation of visual feedback on body movement during gait: A technical evaluation in Gait and Posture, 20th ESMAC Meeting and Conference

Robinson M, Barton GJ, Lees A, Sett P. Reaching Ability of Tetraplegics in their 3D Workspace After Tendon Transfer Surgery Journal of Biomechanics, 41 :S112

Hawkins P, Hawken MB, Barton GJ. The effect of game speed on performance in a virtual environment Gait and Posture, 17th ESMAC Meeting and Conference 28S :S70-S71

Foster RJ, Hawken MB, Barton GJ. Movement co-ordination of the pelvis in a virtual game environment Gait and Posture, 17th ESMAC Meeting and Conference 28S :S10-S11

Barton GJ. Virtual rehabilitation in cerebral palsy Journal of Sports Sciences, The Ergonomics Society: 6th International Conference on Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics. 27 :S3

Barton GJ, Butler PB, Hawken MB, Jarvis SE. Re-direction of movement perturbation by rotating around the targeted joint. Journal of Sports Sciences, The Ergonomics Society: 6th International Conference on Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics. 27 :S3-S4

Barton GJ, Butler PB, Hawken MB, Jarvis SE. Re-direction of movement perturbation by rotating around the targeted joint. Journal of Sports Sciences, The Ergonomics Society: 6th International Conference on Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics. 27 :S3-S4

Robinson MA, Barton GJ, Lees A, Sett P. The reach co-ordination of tetraplegics in their 3D workspace after tendon transfer surgery 7th International Shoulder Group meeting

Unnithan VR, Aimes RC, Lake MJ, Barton GJ, Vanrenterghem J. An Exploratory Investigation into the Effect of Added Weight on Dynamic Balance The North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine

Robinson M, Barton GJ, Lees A, Sett P. An electromyographic analysis of horizontal reaching following the transfer of the posterior deltoid in tetraplegics 22nd Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics

Barton GJ, Foster RF, Hawken MB, Schwartz MH. A comparison of sagittal and transverse plane deviations of CP gait from normality CMAS Annual Conference

Foster RF, Hawken MB, Butler P, Holmes G, Barton GJ. The effects of game training on trunk to pelvis coupling: A case study of a child with Cerebral Palsy BASES Biomechanics Interest Group Meeting

Journal Articles

Kalkman BM, Bar-On L, Cenni F, Maganaris CN, Bass A, Holmes G, Desloovere K, Barton GJ, O'Brien TD. 2017. Achilles tendon moment arm length is smaller in children with cerebral palsy than in typically developing children JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 56 :48-54 >DOI >Link

King SL, Barton GJ, Ranganath LR. 2017. Interpreting sources of variation in clinical gait analysis: A case study Gait and Posture, 52 :1-4 >DOI

Barton GJ, King SL, Robinson MA, Hawken MB, Ranganath LR. 2015. Age-related deviation of gait from normality in alkaptonuria 24 :39-44 >DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Holmes G, Schwartz MH. 2015. A gait index may underestimate changes of gait: a comparison of the Movement Deviation Profile and the Gait Deviation Index. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 18 :57-63

Robinson MA, Elliott D, Hayes SJ, Barton GJ, Bennett SJ. 2014. Primary and submovement control of aiming in C6 tetraplegics following posterior deltoid transfer JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 11 >DOI >Link

Barton GJ, De Asha AR, van Loon ECP, Geijtenbeek T, Robinson MA. 2014. Manipulation of visual biofeedback during gait with a time delayed adaptive Virtual Mirror Box JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 11 >DOI >Link

Barton G. 2013. Into the matrix with virtual rehabilitation International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20 :527 >DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G, Butler PB. 2013. The effects of virtual reality game training on trunk to pelvis coupling in a child with cerebral palsy Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 10 >DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Scott MA, Schwartz MH. 2012. Movement deviation profile: a measure of distance from normality using a self-organizing neural network. Hum Mov Sci, 31 :284-294 >DOI >Link

De Asha A, Robinson MA, Barton G. 2012. A marker based kinematic method of identifying initial contact during gait Gait and Posture, 36 :650-652

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Scott MA, Schwartz MH. 2012. Movement Deviation Profile: A measure of distance from normality using a self-organizing neural network Human Movement Science, 31 :284-294 >DOI

Barton GJ, Hawken MB, Foster RJ, Holmes G, Butler PB. 2011. Playing the Goblin Post Office game improves movement control of the core: A case study International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), 2011, :1-5 >DOI

Piorkowski BA, Lees A, Barton GJ. 2011. Single maximal versus combination punch kinematics Sports Biomechanics, 10 :1-11

Barton GJ. 2010. Virtual rehabilitation – a focus on movement function. Biomechanica Hungarica, 2 :7-14

Robinson MA, Hayes SJ, Bennett SJ, Barton GJ, Elliott D. 2010. Sensory-motor equivalence: manual aiming in C6 tetraplegics following musculotendinous transfer surgery at the elbow. Exp Brain Res, 206 :81-91 >DOI >Link

Lees A, Barton G, Robinson M. 2010. The influence of Cardan rotation sequence on angular orientation data for the lower limb in the soccer kick. J Sports Sci, 28 :445-450 >DOI >Link

Robinson MA, Barton GJ, Lees A, Sett P. 2010. Analysis of tetraplegic reaching in their 3D workspace following posterior deltoid-triceps tendon transfer. Spinal Cord, 48 :619-627 >DOI >Link

Jobson SA, Passfield L, Atkinson G, Barton G, Scarf P. 2009. The Analysis and Utilization of Cycling Training Data SPORTS MEDICINE, 39 :833-844 >Link

Hawkins PJR, Hawken MB, Barton GJ. 2008. Effect of game speed and surface perturbations on postural control in a virtual environment. Proceedings of the 7th ICDVRAT with ArtAbilitation,

Lees A, Vanrenterghem J, Barton G, Lake M. 2007. Kinematic response characteristics of the CAREN moving platform system for use in posture and balance research. Med Eng Phys, 29 :629-635 >DOI >Link

Barton G, Lisboa P, Lees A, Attfield S. 2007. Gait quality assessment using self-organising artificial neural networks. Gait Posture, 25 :374-379 >DOI >Link

Williams AM, Hodges NJ, North JS, Barton G. 2006. Perceiving patterns of play in dynamic sport tasks: Investigating the essential information underlying skilled performance PERCEPTION, 35 :317-332 >DOI >Link

Barton G, Lees A, Lisboa P, Attfield S. 2006. Visualisation of gait data with Kohonen self-organising neural maps. Gait Posture, 24 :46-53 >DOI >Link

Barton GJ, Vanrenterghem J, Lees A, Lake M. 2006. A method for manipulating a movable platform's axes of rotation: A novel use of the CAREN system GAIT & POSTURE, 24 :510-514 >DOI >Link

Robinson M, Lees A, Barton G. 2005. Electromyographic investigation of abdominal exercises and the effects of fatigue. Ergonomics, 48 :1604-1612 >DOI >Link

Barton JG, Lees A. 1997. An application of neural networks for distinguishing gait patterns on the basis of hip-knee joint angle diagrams GAIT & POSTURE, 5 :28-33 >DOI >Link

Barton JG, Lees A. 1996. Comparison of shoe insole materials by neural network analysis. Med Biol Eng Comput, 34 :453-459 >Link

Lees A, Barton G. 1996. The interpretation of relative momentum data to assess the contribution of the free limbs to the generation of vertical velocity in sports activities. J Sports Sci, 14 :503-511 >DOI >Link

Barton JG, Lees A. 1995. Development of a connectionist expert system to identify foot problems based on under-foot pressure patterns. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 10 :385-391 >Link

De Asha AD, Robinson MA, Barton GJ. A marker based kinematic method of identifying initial contact during gait suitable for use in real-time visual feedback applications Tim Theologis . Gait and Posture,

Other

Kalkman B, Bar-On L, Cenni F, Holmes G, Bass A, Barton GJ, Maganaris C, Desloovere K, O'Brien T. 2016. The effect of cerebral palsy on Achilles tendon moment arm length Gait and Posture, 49(S2) :135-135

Chapters

Lees A, Steward I, Rahnama N, Barton GJ. 2009. Lower limb function in the maximal instep kick in soccer. Reilly T. Contemporary Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics :149-160 Taylor & Francis 9780415472722

Barton GJ. 2006. Visualisation of gait data using a self organising artificial neural network. Begg R, Palaniswami M. Computational intelligence for movement sciences :197-216 IGI Global 9781591408376

Lees A, Barton GJ. 2005. A characterisation of technique in the soccer kick using a Kohonen neural network analysis. Reilly T, Cabri J, Araujo D. Science and Football V. Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress of Science and Football. :83-88 Routledge

Barton GJ. Advanced techniques to quantify deviation from normality. Levine D, Richards J, Whittle MW. Whittle’s Gait Analysis :119-121 Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. London

Software / Code

Barton GJ. Movement Deviation Profile http://www.staff.ljmu.ac.uk/spsgbart/MDP.htm

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: LJMU Research Impact Award, Runner up, Movement Analysis in Alkaptonuria, Awarding body: LJMU

Award title: Shortlisted for Best Research Project: Clinical research team of LJMU investigating ‘black bone disease’, Awarding body: Educate North 2016

Award title: WellChild Researcher Award 2010, Awarding body: The WellChild Trust, URL: http://www.wellchild.org.uk/Events-Awards.asp

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Workshops on clinical gait analysis. Bone Research Society annual meeting, Liverpool

External collaboration:

Institution: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust - Innovation Hub, Collaborator: David Powell, Jason Taylor

Institution: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Collaborator: Gill Holmes, Alf Bass, Daniele Trinca

Institution: Whiston Hospital, Collaborator: Prof Paul McArthur

Institution: University of Liverpool, The Royal Liverpool Hospital, Collaborator: Dr Anthony Howard

Institution: University of Liverpool, The Royal Liverpool Hospital, Collaborator: Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

External committees:

Committee name: Biomechanics 2016, Biala Podlaska, Poland, Organisation: Biomechanics 2016, Biala Podlaska, Poland

Committee name: ESMAC Scientific Committee, Organisation: ESMAC

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: University of Hull, Award student examined for: Master of Science (by research)

Name of University: University of Hull, Award student examined for: Master of Science (by research)

Name of University: University of Liverpool, Award student examined for: MPhil

Industrial connections:

Company: Qualisys

Company: Vicon

Company: Motek Medical

Media Coverage:

Links #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuVn7QGkv-I, Media coverage: Royal Institute 2013 Advent Series (Gait analysis in alkaptonuria)

Links #1: http://ljmu.ac.uk/sps/RISES/115222.htm, Media coverage: BBC Radio Merseyside

Links #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7yJ4M1rjS8, Media coverage: WellChild Awards 2010

Other invited event:

Title of event: Filming for Japanese TV, Sir Lee Pearson equestrian rider Paralympian flag bearer for GB at Rio Paralympics, playing GPO game,, Location: LJMU, Description: Filming for Japanese TV, Lee Pearson equestrian rider Paralympian flag bearer for GB at Rio Paralympics, playing GPO game, LJMU, 18 Jul 2016.

Title of event: 8. Bone Research Society – Schools Workshop: Motion capture of skeletal movement, Location: LJMU, Description: Bone Research Society – Schools Workshop: Motion capture of skeletal movement, LJMU, 29 Jun 2016.

Title of event: Multi-dimensional deviation of movement from normality and clinical applications of virtual rehabilitation, Location: Teesside University, Description: Invited presentation

Title of event: IIC Show 2016, Location: Manchester Central, Manchester, Description: IIC Show is a SUPER SIZED trade & consumer event that actively promotes Inclusion, Independence and Choice for people of mixed ability and those associated. I attended the 2-day event alongside my clinical partners (The Movement Centre in Oswestry and the Brain and Spinal Innjury Centre in Salford) to give a CPD accredicted talk on Virtual Rehabilitation and to exhibit my virtual rehabilitation games which wereplayed by many visitors. http://www.iicshow.co.uk/

Title of event: Foundation of the Hungarian Science Club, Location: Hungarian Embassy, London, Description: On behalf of his Excellency, Péter Szabadhegy, Ambassador of Hungary, I was invited by Aniko Dobi-Rozsa, Science and Technology Attaché to attend the foundation of the Hungarian Science Club in London on 28th Jan 2016. http://london.gov.hu/the-foundation-of-the-hungarian-science-club-in-london

Title of event: Capturing Motion and Musculoskeletal Dynamics, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering in Medicine & Health Division, Location: London, Description: Invited talk: Virtual Rehabilitation in Cerebral Palsy: Initial Results

Title of event: Buckatree Seminars organised by The Movement Centre, Location: Buckatree Hotel, Telford, Description: Virtual Rehabilitation: an overview of concepts and initial results

Title of event: Technologies for Human Movement, Measurement & Rehabilitation, Location: University of Salford, Description: Invited talk: Advanced applications in biomechanics: Data interpretation with neural networks, and virtual rehabilitation in cerebral palsy

Title of event: North West Biomechanics Research Conference UCLAN, Location: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Description: Invited keynote lecture: The Movement Deviation Profile: artificial neural networks supporting decision making in clinical gait analysis

Title of event: Second International Conference of the Saudi Physical Therapy Association (SPTA), Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Description: Invited presenter: Virtual rehabilitation workshop

Title of event: Second International Conference of the Saudi Physical Therapy Association (SPTA), Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Description: Invited keynote lecture: Virtual Rehabilitation in Cerebral Palsy: CAREN and the Goblin Post Office

Research Grants Awarded:

UPLEC KTP, Keeno - Kinect 2 based virtual rehabilitation, Stephen Tang, Abdennour El-Rhaliby, Grant value (£): 63077

National AKU Centre, Biomechanical assessment of movement function in response to gait interventions in Alkaptonuria (match funded PhD), Grant value (£): 38283

National Alkaptonuria Centre, Early detection of gait deviations due to ochronosis in alkaptonuria (4), Grant value (£): 6000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Setting up the Goblin Post Office game at BASIC, Grant value (£): 2000

National AKU Centre (DoH), Movement analysis in alkaptonuria, Grant value (£): 324685, Duration of research project: 20 years

Alkaptonuria Society (charity), Early detection of gait deviations due to ochronosis in alkaptonuria (3), Grant value (£): 3000

National Alkaptonuria Centre, Early detection of gait deviations due to ochronosis in alkaptonuria (2), Grant value (£): 15000

National Alkaptonuria Centre, Advanced gait analysis, Mark Robinson, Malcom Hawken, Grant value (£): £30,000, Duration of research project: 1 year

National Alkaptonuria Centre, Clinical gait analysis in alkaptonuria, Grant value (£): 52,000, Duration of research project: 4 years

Vicon, Simultaneous Vicon motion capture and brain fMRI, Grant value (£): 2500

Manchester United Football Club, Non-disclosable, Grant value (£): 140400, Duration of research project: 2 years

Institute for Health Research, LJMU, Development and evaluation of an extended virtual reality mirror box for pain research., Grant value (£): 7000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Institute for Health Research, LJMU, Improvement of selective movement control using custom made computer games., Grant value (£): 41370, Duration of research project: 2 year PhD studentship

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (NIHR FSF fund), Research Consultancy in Virtual Rehabilitation., Grant value (£): 80820, Duration of research project: Apr 2009 - Mar 2012

Charitable Funds, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (charity), Towards the clinical implementation of games based core control training., Grant value (£): 7974, Duration of research project: Jan-April 2009

The WellChild Trust, Training and Testing Core Control using Virtual Reality Games: A Pilot Study., Grant value (£): 102917, Duration of research project: 2008 – 2010