As the centrepiece to the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the AWRC is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the population through innovations that help people move.
Following investment from the Department of Health and Social Care and the European Regional Development Fund, the AWRC provides business, industry and the public sector with world-class research and design capability through state-of the-art, fully instrumented indoor and outdoor laboratories and access to a wide range of academic expertise including health, engineering, sport science, robotics, applied computing, psychology, design, and the arts.
Our research is organised into three impact themes
- Healthy and active 100 — prioritising research and innovation that prevents disease and supports people into 100 years of healthy and active life.
- Living well with chronic disease — exploring the management and treatment of chronic disease, such as cancer, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes and mental health, through physical activity as a therapy.
- Technological and digital innovations to promote independent lives — focusing on the development and application of new and emerging technologies to help people move, improving health and wellbeing across the population.
We co-produce innovations that help people move by creating meaningful partnerships with industry, local communities, local authorities, charities and the health and technology sectors. The convergence of ideas, disciplines, sectors and technology at the AWRC will lead to new ways of preventing and treating chronic disease.
Together we will address the social, behavioural and environmental determinants of health and transform lives.
The Advanced Wellbeing Centre (AWRC) is working with parkrun, the revolutionary global physical activity movement, to conduct pioneering research into how it improves health and wellbeing.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are being supported during clinical appointments by robots, developed in a partnership between the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), Sheffield Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital Charity.