Alex Breen

Alex Breen

  • alexbreen at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Visiting Associate
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Biography

I am a visiting associate of Bournemouth University undertaking research into the mechanical aggravation of musculoskeletal conditions such as Spine Biomechanics, Back pain. More over i am an external Post-graduate supervisor to PhD students who currently study at BU.

Beyond Bournemouth University i work full time as a researcher and lecturer at the nearby AECC Univerity College as a Senior Research Fellow and Technology Lead.

Favourites

  • Breen, A., 2020. Dynamic interactions between lumbar intervertebral motion segments during forward bending and return. Journal of Biomechanics, 102.
  • De Carvalho, D.E., Breen, A. et al., 2020. Association of Exposures to Seated Postures With Immediate Increases in Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Studies With Objectively Measured Sitting Time. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 43 (1), 1-12.
  • Zanjani-Pour, S., Meakin, J.R. and Breen, A., 2018. Estimation of in vivo inter-vertebral loading during motion using fluoroscopic and magnetic resonance image informed finite element models. Journal of Biomechanics, 70, 134-139.
  • Breen, A., 2018. Uneven intervertebral motion sharing is related to disc degeneration and is greater in patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain: an in vivo, cross-sectional cohort comparison of intervertebral dynamics using quantitative fluoroscopy. European Spine Journal, 27 (1), 145-153.
  • Breen and Breen, A., 2017. Disc degeneration and uneven lumbar intervertebral motion sharing are related in patients with chronic back pain.

Journal Articles

  • Breen, A., Mellor, F. and Morris, A., 2020. An in vivo study exploring correlations between early-to-moderate disc degeneration and flexion mobility in the lumbar spine. European Spine Journal, 29 (10), 2619-2627.
  • Brownhill, K., Mellor, F. and Breen, A., 2020. Passive intervertebral motion characteristics in chronic mid to low back pain: A multivariate analysis. Medical Engineering and Physics, 84, 115-125.
  • Funabashi, M., Breen, A., De Carvalho, D., Henry, A., Murnaghan, K., Pagé, I., Wong, A.Y.L. and Kawchuk, G., 2020. Center of rotation locations during lumbar spine movements: a scoping review protocol. JBI Evid Synth, 18 (6), 1305-1312.
  • Breen, A., 2020. Dynamic interactions between lumbar intervertebral motion segments during forward bending and return. Journal of Biomechanics, 102.
  • De Carvalho, D.E., Breen, A. et al., 2020. Association of Exposures to Seated Postures With Immediate Increases in Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Studies With Objectively Measured Sitting Time. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 43 (1), 1-12.
  • Breen, A., Claerbout, E., Hemming, R. and Ayer, R., 2019. Comparison of intra subject repeatability of quantitative fluoroscopy and static radiography in the measurement of lumbar intervertebral flexion translation. Scientific Reports, 9 (1).
  • Breen, A., Hemming, R. and Mellor, F., 2019. Intrasubject repeatability of in vivo intervertebral motion parameters using quantitative fluoroscopy. European Spine Journal, 28 (2), 450-460.
  • Kawchuk, G.N., Miazga, S., Pagé, I., Swain, M., De Carvalho, D., Funabashi, M., Breen, A. and Wong, A., 2019. Clinicians’ Ability to Detect a Palpable Difference in Spinal Stiffness Compared With a Mechanical Device. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 42 (2), 89-95.
  • du Rose, A. and Breen, A., 2018. Relationships between muscle electrical activity and the control of inter-vertebral motion during a forward bending task. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 43, 48-54.
  • Breen, A. and Mellor, F., 2018. Aberrant intervertebral motion in patients with treatment-resistant nonspecific low back pain: a retrospective cohort study and control comparison. European Spine Journal, 27 (11), 2831-2839.
  • Pagé, I., Swain, M., Wong, A., Breen, A., De Carvalho, D., Descarreaux, M., Funabashi, M. and Kawchuk, G., 2018. Correlations Between Individuals’ Characteristics and Spinal Stiffness in Individuals With and Without Back Pain: A Combined Analysis of Multiple Data Sets. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 41 (9), 734-752.
  • Zanjani-Pour, S., Meakin, J.R. and Breen, A., 2018. Estimation of in vivo inter-vertebral loading during motion using fluoroscopic and magnetic resonance image informed finite element models. Journal of Biomechanics, 70, 134-139.
  • Adams, J., Breen, A. et al., 2018. Leadership and capacity building in international chiropractic research: Introducing the chiropractic academy for research leadership (CARL). Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, 26 (1).
  • Breen, A., 2018. Uneven intervertebral motion sharing is related to disc degeneration and is greater in patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain: an in vivo, cross-sectional cohort comparison of intervertebral dynamics using quantitative fluoroscopy. European Spine Journal, 27 (1), 145-153.
  • Breen, A., 2016. Accuracy and repeatability of quantitative fluoroscopy for the measurement of sagittal plane translation and finite centre of rotation in the lumbar spine. Medical Engineering and Physics, 38 (7), 607-614.
  • Breen, A.C., Dupac, M. and Osborne, N., 2015. Attainment rate as a surrogate indicator of the intervertebral neutral zone length in lateral bending: An in vitro proof of concept study. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, 23 (1).
  • Mellor, F.E. and Breen, A.C., 2013. Ionizing radiation exposure and the development of intervertebral disc degeneration - No case to answer. Spine Journal, 13 (3), 224-226.
  • Van Loon, I.H.M., Mellor, F.E. and Breen, A., 2012. Accuracy and repeatability of sagittal translation of lumbar vertebrae in vitro and in vivo using quantitative fluoroscopy. Clinical Chiropractic, 15 (3-4), 135-146.

Conferences

  • Breen, A. and Haig, L., 2019. Retrospective kinematic analysis of intervertebral stability in 10 patients with lytic spondylolisthesis. In: Physiotherapy UK 1-2 November 2019 Birmingham.
  • Breen, A., 2019. Dynamic lumbar intervertebral motion sharing in back pain patients and controls. In: 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain 28 October 2018-31 October 2020 Antwerp.
  • Breen, A., 2019. Dynamic interactions between lumbar intervertebral motion segments during forward bending. In: 2nd International Workshop on Spine Loading and Deformation 4-6 July 2019 Berlin.
  • Breen, A., Watts, M., Claerbout, E. and Merifield, J., 2019. Evidence-based lumbar spine biomechanics for assessment of treatment-resistant low back pain. In: World Federation of Chiropractic Bienniel Conference 8-11 May 2019 Berlin.
  • Breen, A., Hemming, R. and Claerbout, E., 2018. A comparison of plain radiographs and quantitative fluoroscopy for the measurement of translatory slip in the lumbar spine. In: Society for Back Pain Research Annual Meeting 15-16 November 2018 Groningen.
  • Breen, A., de Carvalho, D., Wong, A., Kawchuk, G., Funabashi, M. and Swain, M., 2018. Apportionment of lumbar intervertebral motion in a standardised flexion and return protocol using fluoroscopy: basic data to improve current spine models. In: 8th Work Conference of Biomechanics 20-23 June 2018 Dublin.
  • Breen, A., Carvil, P., Jones, M., Horne, D., Ayer, R., Osborne, N., Russomano, T. and Green, D., 2017. The effect of 4-hour partial axial reloading via the Mk VI SkinSuit upon recumbent lumbar geometry and kinematics after 8-hour hyper-buoyancy flotation. In: 2nd Human Physiology Workshop 9 December 2017 DLR, Colgne, Germany.
  • Carvil, P., Jones, M., Horne, D., Ayer, R., Osbourne, N., Breen, A., Russpomano, T. and Green, D., 2017. The effect of 4-hour partial axial reloading via the Mk VI SkinSuit upon recumbent lumbar geometry and kinematics after 8-hour hyper-buoyancy flotation. In: 2nd Human Physiology Workshop 9 December 2017 Cologne.
  • Zanji_Pour, S., Meakin, J. and Breen, A., 2017. Estimation of in vivo inter-vertebral loading during motion using fluoroscopic and magnetic resonance image informed finite element models. In: 2nd International workshop on spine loading and deformation 18-20 May 2017 Berlin.
  • Du Rose, A. and Breen, A., 2017. Spinal muscle electrical activity and the stabilisation of lumbar motion segments during flexion. In: International Back and Neck Research Forum 2017 14-15 September 2017 Oslo 2017.
  • Breen, A., Breen, A.C. and Mellor, F., 2017. Intra subject repeatability of intervertebral motion parameters for clinical studies. In: International Back and Neck Pain Research Forum 12-17 September 2017 Oslo.
  • Breen, A. and Dupac, M., 2016. Passive Control of Intervertebral Motion in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees. In: 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain 31 October-3 November 2016 Singapore.
  • Breen, A.L.E.X. and Dupac, M., 2016. Measuring Inter-vertebral Stability in Vivo: Exploring the Criterion Validity of the initial attainment rate. 11.
  • Breen, A.C. and Dupac, M., 2016. Evaluation of angular kinematics of lower limb amputees using quantitative fluoroscopic imaging. 6539-6546.
  • Breen, A.C. and Dupac, M., 2015. Evaluation of stump and socket kinematics of lower limb amputees using quantitative fluoroscopic imaging: a case study. In: Öztürk, B., ed. BIOENG'15, Bioengineering Congerence 25-26 November 2015 Istanbul - Turkey. DAKAM PUBLISHING, 114-122.
  • Breen, A., Mellor, F., du Rose, A. and Bentman, S., 2015. Control of intervertebral motion: A critical element of spine control and a target for treatment. In: State of the Art in Spine Control, Expert Forum 16-18 October 2015 Chicago.
  • Breen, A.C., Dupac, M., Noroozi, S. and Osborne, N., 2014. A pre-operational study magnification measurement and error estimation of residual tibia kinematics within below knee prosthetics. CRC Press/Balkema, 927-930.
  • Breen, A., Breen, A.C. and Mellor, F., 2013. Lumbar intervertebral motion in vivo: a preliminary comparison of recumbent and weight bearing motion patterns in adult males. In: Society of Back Pain Research 9-11 November 2012 Douglas, Isle of Man. British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, 20.

Theses

  • Breen, A., 2016. A quantitative fluoroscopic study of the relationship between lumbar inter-vertebral and residual limb/socket kinematics in the coronal plane in adult male unilateral amputees. (Exploring the spine and lower limb kinematics of trans-tibial amputees). PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology.

Posters

  • Breen and Breen, A., 2017. Disc degeneration and uneven lumbar intervertebral motion sharing are related in patients with chronic back pain.
  • Breen and Breen, A., 2017. Uneven lumbar Inter vertebral motion sharing accompanied by disc degeneration is a pathomechanism in chronic, nonspecific low back pain.
  • Breen and mellor, F., 2017. Intra subject repeatability of intervertebral motion parameters for clinical studies.
  • Breen and Breen, A., 2017. Intervertebral motion sharing in the lumbar spine and chronic back pain.

PhD Students

  • Jacqueline Rix. Project title Biomechanical Effects of Spinal Manipulation - a Feasibility Study
  • Terence McSweeney. Quantitative imaging biomarkers for nonspecific low back pain

Grants

  • Radiological Research Trust Travel grant (Radiological Research Trust, 31 Oct 2016). Completed
  • Research Travel Fellowship to the Society For Back Pain Research. (Society For Back Pain Research, 01 Oct 2016). In Progress

External Responsibilities

Qualifications

  • PhD in Prosthetics and Biomechanics (Bournemouth University, 2016)
  • MSc in Medical Physics (Open University, 2012)
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics with Medical Applications (Exeter University, 2005)

Memberships

  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), Member (2012-),
  • European Society of Biomechanics, Member,
  • North American Spine Society (NASS), Member,
  • Society for Back Pain Research, Member,
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