Dr Matthew Brodie
Senior Lecturer

Dr Matthew Brodie

  • 2009 PhD, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand (full scholarship)

“We haven't got the money, so we'll have to think.” Inspired by Ernest Rutherford’s famous quote; I developed Fusion Motion Capture; a network of 16 miniature wearable devices to analyse and model the biomechanics of alpine ski racing. My research made it possible to remotely monitor and provide feedback about athletes' performances in challenging alpine environments. My PhD outputs included six publications (cited over 300 times), a museum exhibition and being named the 2008 MacDiarmid New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year for Future Science and Technology.

  • 1998 Bachelor of Engineering, 1st Class Honours, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (final year grade point average 9.9/10)
Engineering
Grad Sch: Biomedical Eng

A Neuroscientist and Engineer, my vanguard expertise developing wearable technology and smart textiles for gait-related motor impairment is recognised by 13 prizes, 2 research medals, 11 grants, 2 fellowships. I am excited about collaborating with and engaging patients, students, researchers, industry partners and key stakeholders who share a common vision “to transform healthcare through technological innovation”. I am motivated by solving problems at the nexus of engineering and medicine. I established and lead the new neurorehabilitation theme at UNSW. My team is now accepting motivated research students for a variety of projects. Please reach out for more information, I am more than happy to have a friendly chat over coffee!

Areas of research interest include:

  • Developing new treatments for motor impairment
  • Neurophysiology of unstable gait
  • Biomechanical analysis of human movement in disease and health
  • Prevention of falls in frail older people and clinically impaired populations
  • Design and development of 3D printed orthoses to help people with disabilities
  • Developing wearable technology for chronic diseases (COPD, heart failure, stroke, and age-related frailty)
  • Telemedicine and eHealth including phone apps for disease management and exercise prescription
  • Surfing and backcountry skiing

I have a strong focus on translation of my teams research outcomes. In 2020, I founded Walking Tall Health, a commercial organisation to accelerate the health benefits my ground breaking non-invasive treatments for motor impairment. I have led Walking Tall Health through key staff appointments, seed funding and founding partnerships with UNSW, Neuroscience Research Australia and The George Institute for Global Health. Research highlights include the New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year (for Future Science and Technology), an Innovation Award from Fédération Int. de Ski, and the Yamaguichi Medal for Gait and Kinesiology, and 100+ publications cited over 1,800 times.

Please see https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-matthew-andrew-brodie for more information including videos about current projects and our recent research advances.

Mobile
+61 449 886 272
Location
Room 508, Level 5, Samuel’s Building (F25)
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Chan LLY; Choi TCM; Lord SR; Brodie MA, 2022, 'Development and large-scale validation of the Watch Walk wrist-worn digital gait biomarkers', Scientific Reports, vol. 12, pp. 16211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-20327-z
    Journal articles | 2021
    Pelicioni PHS; Menant JC; Henderson EJ; Latt MD; Brodie MA; Lord SR, 2021, 'Mild and marked executive dysfunction and falls in people with Parkinson's disease', Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, vol. 25, pp. 437 - 443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.11.005
    Journal articles | 2020
    Indraratna P; Tardo D; Yu J; Delbaere K; Brodie M; Lovell N; Ooi SY, 2020, 'Mobile phone technologies in the management of ischemic heart disease, heart failure, and hypertension: systematic review and meta-analysis', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol. 8, pp. e16695, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/16695
    Journal articles | 2019
    Indraratna P; Tardo D; Yu J; Delbaere K; Brodie M; Lovell N; Ooi S-Y, 2019, 'Mobile Phone Technologies in the Management of Ischemic Heart Disease, Heart Failure, and Hypertension: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Preprint)', , http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.16695
    Journal articles | 2019
    Pang I; Okubo Y; Sturnieks D; Lord SR; Brodie MA, 2019, 'Detection of Near Falls Using Wearable Devices: A Systematic Review', Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, vol. 42, pp. 48 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JPT.0000000000000181
    Journal articles | 2019
    Sturnieks D; Okubo Y; Brodie M; Lord S, 2019, '159 Reactive Balance Training for Preventing Falls in Older People', Age and Ageing, vol. 48, pp. iv34 - iv39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz164.159
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ejupi A; Brodie M; Lord SR; Annegarn J; Redmond SJ; Delbaere K, 2017, 'Wavelet-Based Sit-To-Stand Detection and Assessment of Fall Risk in Older People Using a Wearable Pendant Device', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 64, pp. 1602 - 1607, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2016.2614230
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wang K; Delbaere K; Brodie MAD; Lovell NH; Kark L; Lord SR; Redmond SJ, 2017, 'Differences between Gait on Stairs and Flat Surfaces in Relation to Fall Risk and Future Falls', IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol. 21, pp. 1479 - 1486, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JBHI.2017.2677901
    Journal articles | 2016
    Brodie MAD; Coppens MJM; Lord SR; Lovell NH; Gschwind YJ; Redmond SJ; Del Rosario MB; Wang K; Sturnieks DL; Persiani M; Delbaere K, 2016, 'Wearable pendant device monitoring using new wavelet-based methods shows daily life and laboratory gaits are different', Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, vol. 54, pp. 663 - 674, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11517-015-1357-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Brodie MAD; Psarakis M; Hoang P, 2016, 'Gyroscopic corrections improve wearable sensor data prior to measuring dynamic sway in the gait of people with Multiple Sclerosis', Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, vol. 19, pp. 1339 - 1346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2016.1140747
    Journal articles | 2016
    Sturnieks DL; Delbaere K; Brodie MA; Lord SR, 2016, 'The influence of age, anxiety and concern about falling on postural sway when standing at an elevated level', Human Movement Science, vol. 49, pp. 206 - 215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2016.06.014
    Journal articles | 2015
    Brodie MA; Lovell NH; Redmond SJ; Lord SR, 2015, 'Bottom-up subspace clustering suggests a paradigm shift to prevent fall injuries', Medical Hypotheses, vol. 84, pp. 356 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2015.01.017
    Journal articles | 2015
    Brodie MA; Wang K; Delbaere K; Persiani M; Lovell NH; Redmond SJ; Del Rosario MB; Lord SR, 2015, 'New methods to monitor stair ascents using a wearable pendant device reveal how behavior, fear, and frailty influence falls in octogenarians', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 62, pp. 2595 - 2601, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2015.2464689
    Journal articles | 2015
    Brodie MAD; Beijer TR; Canning CG; Lord SR, 2015, 'Head and pelvis stride-to-stride oscillations in gait: Validation and interpretation of measurements from wearable accelerometers', Physiological Measurement, vol. 36, pp. 857 - 872, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0967-3334/36/5/857
    Journal articles | 2014
    Del Rosario MB; Wang K; Wang J; Liu Y; Brodie M; Delbaere K; Lovell NH; Lord SR; Redmond SJ, 2014, 'A comparison of activity classification in younger and older cohorts using a smartphone', Physiological Measurement, vol. 35, pp. 2269 - 2286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0967-3334/35/11/2269
    Journal articles | 2013
    Beijer TR; Lord SR; Brodie MAD, 2013, 'Comparison of handheld video camera and GAITRite® measurement of gait impairment in people with early stage Parkinson's disease: A pilot study', Journal of Parkinson's Disease, vol. 3, pp. 199 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/JPD-130179
  • Conference Presentations | 2020
    Indraratna P; Tardo D; Yu J; Brodie M; Delbaere K; Lovell N; Ooi S, 2020, '769 Mobile Phone Interventions in Heart Failure – a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Vol. 29, pp. S382 - S383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2020.09.776
    Conference Abstracts | 2020
    Indraratna P; Tardo D; Yu J; Delbaere K; Brodie M; Lovell N; Ooi S, 2020, 'mHealth interventions in the management of heart failure, ischaemic heart disease and hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', in EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, ELECTR NETWORK, Vol. 41, pp. 3507 - 3507, presented at European-Society-of-Cardiology (ESC) Congress, ELECTR NETWORK, 29 August 2020 - 01 September 2020, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000606106303514&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Preprints | 2020
    Lo C; Brodie M; Tsang W; Lord S; Yan C-H; Wong A, 2020, Pain, balance and mobility in people one year after total knee arthroplasty: A non-randomized cross-sectional pilot study contrasting posterior-stabilized and medial-pivot designs, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-26069/v2
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Brodie MA; Lovell NH; Canning CG; Menz HB; Delbaere K; Redmond SJ; Latt M; Sturnieks DL; Menant J; Smith ST; others , 2014, 'Gait as a biomarker? Accelerometers reveal that reduced movement quality while walking is associated with Parkinson’s disease, ageing and fall risk', in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, IEEE, pp. 5968 - 5971, IEEE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944988
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Wang K; Lovell NH; Del Rosario MB; Liu Y; Wang J; Narayanan MR; Brodie MAD; Delbaere K; Menant J; Lord SR; others , 2014, 'Inertial measurements of free-living activities: Assessing mobility to predict falls', in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, IEEE, pp. 6892 - 6895, IEEE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2014.6945212

2020

  • NSW Health. “Total Cardiac Care Plus” jointly led by Scientia Prof Nigel Lovell and Dr SzeYuan Ooi ($1,600,000)
  • UNSW RIS. “Connected Health Apps and Systems (CHAppS) Network Laboratory” ($192,000)
  • SPHERE.  "Implementation of Walking Tall against Vascular Disease for at-risk patients in a vascular clinical practice." Implementation Science Translational Seed Funding Scheme ($20,000)
  • Michael and Elizabeth Gilbert. Gift for Parkinson’s Disease Research ($50,000)

2019

 

  • SPHERE, Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group. “Total Cardiac Care: Integrating Physiological and Psychological Health Measurements, Rehabilitation, Medications Adherence and Care Planning.” ($40,000)
  • Vanessa Tay (Gift). “Developing smart actuating garments to prevent freezing of gait and tremor in people with Parkinson’s disease.” ($50,000)
  • Warburton Foundation (Gift). “The Smart Glove.” ($5,000)
  • Parkinson’s NSW. “Integrate: a tailored and multifactorial program for safe mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease” ($99,972).

2018

 

  • Micheal J Fox Foundation “WalkingTall-PD: An engaging self-managed neuro-rehabilitation program using eHealth technologies to reduce step-time variability, prevent freezing of gait and falls, and enhance independence in people with Parkinson’s disease: a placebo randomized controlled trial.” ($720,000).
  • Michael and Elizabeth Gilbert Fellowship for Parkinson’s Disease Research ($100,000)
  • UNSW Infrastructure Grant. “Lab manager and perturbation treadmill.” ($412,770)
  • Cromwell Foundation. “Reactive and volitional step training to improve balance recovery after slip and trip among community-dwelling older adults: A factorial randomized controlled trial.” ($28,000)
  • UNSW Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions and SPHERE CAG project. “StandingTall-cardio. An engaging self-management program and scalable intervention using mobile technology to enhance healthy ageing and reduce fall risk in people with intermittent claudication: a randomised trial.” ($40,000)

2017

 

  • Yamaguchi Medal, presented at the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics
  • NeuRA Publication Excellence Award 2017, for my paper titled “Disentangling the health benefits of walking from increased exposure to falls…”
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Physiological Measurement
  • Meiji Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare, “Effects of reactive and volitional step training on mental health in older adults.” ($12,662).

2013     

 

  • Special Award: Most Entertaining Presentation at the XIV International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, Brazil for a paper titled: Catwalker or Groover, Modelling Gender Differences while Walking.

2013

 

  • National Health Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship APP1037579, titled: "i-Medic (Intelligent Monitoring and Early Diagnosis in Communities)". ($295,000)

2008

  • New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year: Overall Runner Up and Winner of the ‘Future Science and Technology’ category ($20,000)

2007

 

 

 

 

 

  • Innovation Award, International Ski Federation (FIS) presented at the 4th International Congress on Science and Skiing, Austria, Dec 2007 ($1,000)
  • NZ International Society of Biomechanics, James G Hay Travel Award: to present at the International Society of Biomechanics conference in Taipei, Taiwan ($4,000)
  • NZ Vice Chancellors’ Committee, Claude McCarthy Fellowship to present at the International Society of Sport annual symposium in Ouro Preto, Brazil ($4,000)
  • NZ Academy of Sport, Conference Grant to present at and report back on the development technology in sport at the Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, Singapore ($4000)
  • NZ Postgraduate Study Abroad Award, Conference grant to present at the 4th International Science and Skiing conference, St Christophe, Austria ($4,000)

2006

  • New Zealand Academy of Sport, Biomechanics Internship ($5,000)

2005

 

 

  • Massey University Doctoral Scholarship ($75,000)
  • Massey University Capital Equipment Grant ($80,000)
  • Sport and Exercise Science NZ, Emerging Scientist Award ($500)
  • Sport and Recreation NZ (SPARC), Equipment Grant ($22,000)
  • Massey University, Celebrating Research Award ($500)

2004

  • The Royal Society of NZ, R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship ($500)
  • NZ Health Research Council grant ($6,000)

I have over 10-years’ experience conceiving new research ideas, developing technology-based interventions, and leading clinical studies. His multi-disciplinary team includes 1 postdoc physiotherapist, 3 clinical staff, 3 engineers, 2 PhD, and 5 master’s students. Research in neuroscience and engineering is demonstrated by 122 works [cited 1,800+ times]. Key publications and impact across neuroscience and engineering include:

  • BRODIE, M.A. et al., Fusion motion capture: a prototype system using inertial measurement units and GPS for the biomechanical analysis of ski racing. (2008) Sports Technology, 1, 17-28. [cited 219 times].

This seminal work pioneered the use of affordable wearable technology in human movement science. It was also a lot of fun. See the image of The Blue Monster, my mobile PhD laboratory below. 

  • Henderson,... BRODIE, M.A. et al., Rivastigmine for gait stability in patients with Parkinson's disease (ReSPonD): a random... placebo-controlled, phase II trial. Lancet Neurology (2016) 15, 249-258. [216 cites; 10.57 FWCI; 99th percentile]

For this top tier journal paper, I led the development of the first use of a digital gait biomarker as the primary outcome of a phase II drug trial. My analysis showed cholinesterase inhibitors can stabilise gait leading to 45% less falls. My PhD student was the first author. The paper immediately changed Parkinson's disease management as evidenced by positive review [Lancet Neurology 15(3)] and international media [Common drug is a real breakthrough… UK Express Jan-2016]. This paved the way for more efficient drug discovery by using digital endpoints.

  • BRODIE, M.A. et al., Wearable pendant device monitoring using new wavelet-based methods shows daily life and laboratory gaits are different. Medical Biological Engineering Comput (2016) 54(4), 663–674. [81 cites; 3.12 FWCI; 93rd percentile]

I was the first to demonstrate that daily life and laboratory gaits are different. My algorithms have been used by Philips in their Senior Mobility Monitor and other research groups worldwide.

  • BRODIE, M.A. et al., Eight-week remote monitoring using a freely worn device reveals unstable gait... in Older Fallers. IEEE Transactions Biomedical Engineering (2015) 62(11) 2588–2594. [77 cites; 3.59 FWCI; 94th percentile]

This paper presents my breakthrough analytics engine that analyses thousands of walks during daily life over 8-weeks for superior accuracy. It challenged the accepted reliance on expensive laboratory based gait assessments. Awarded the NeuRA Publication Prize 2016.

  • BRODIE, M.A. et al., Comparison between clinical gait and daily‐life gait assessments of fall risk in older people. Geriatrics & Gerontology International (2017) 17: 2274-2282. [47 cites; 3.92 FWCI; 95th percentile]

I showed that remote daily life gait assessments were better than laboratory assessments for predicting falls. Outcomes have been incorporated into products by industry partners and used by other groups in phase II & III clinical trials [e.g. iStoppFalls EU consortium (ICT-7-5.4-287361) & Rivastigmine phase 3 (NIHR16/31/13)]. Awarded an Asia-Pacific Biomechanics Medal.

  • BRODIE, M.A. et al., Big data vs accurate data in health... Large-scale physical activity monitoring, smartphones, wearable devices and risk of unconscious bias, Medical Hypotheses (2018) 119, 32-36. [35 cites; 3.71 FWCI; 95th percentile]

In response to Nature 547, 336–339 (2017), my paper showed how unconscious bias in unvalidated smartphone apps leads to systematic under-counting of the true daily activity in obese people, females, and different cultures resulting in skewed research results.

My research outcomes have also been translated several commercial partners, leading to global uptake. Now accepting motivated research students for a variety of projects. I am more than happy to have a friendly chat over coffee! 

  1. Brodie M., (2017) Wearable Technology: Fall risk and morbidity, new challenges and perspectives, Seminar and Webinar for Engineers Australia, 16/08/2017, Canberra Australia. www.engineersaustralia.org.au/Event/wearable-technology-fall-risk-and-morbidity-new-challenges-and-perspectives
  2. Brodie MA and Hausdorff J., (2016) Free-Living Gait – The Unresolved Questions: New Challenges and Perspectives, Webinar for the International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR), 28/09/2016, https://momentumssnh.adobeconnect.com/p7wca8744pw/
  3. Lord SR, Delbaere K, Davies T, Brodie MA (2014). New technologies for fall assessment and risk identification. Pre-conference workshop at the 6th Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference, Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 16/11/2014

My Research Supervision

I currently supervise and have successfully supervised many students as demonstrated by their positive testimonials:

“I would like to express my very great appreciation to my supervisor, Dr Matthew Brodie for his valuable and constructive suggestions. His willingness to give his time so generously have my deep gratitude. Dr Brodie’s ability to see the big picture while catching every detail helped this project greatly. His problem-solving skills helped me through lots of bottlenecks. The words of encouragement from Dr Brodie and his sunny personality kept me going.”
Thesis Project Jun 2019

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work and support you have shown me as my PhD supervisor. Since I started at NEURA you have been nothing but helpful and supportive and it means more to me than you’ll ever know. Your advice, guidance and experience have been tremendously helpful throughout my candidature and I would not have been able to get to this point without your help. You have inspired me to continue/complete my PhD which is something that I had almost given up on. I have learned so much from you and I look forward to continuing working with you in the future.”
Phd Candidate June 2019

“Thanks Matthew Brodie for your relentless enthusiasm; and for your kindness in agreeing to supervise me on this project. Thank you for always being communicative and somehow finding the time to spend with me. I am constantly impressed by your eye for detail and your commitment to researching everything thoroughly. I appreciate how much you encouraged me and challenged me to pursue excellence. I would be completely lost without your constant guidance and advice.” 
Masters student June 2018

“Thank you to Dr Mathew Brodie for his brilliant guidance, support, enthusiasm and mentorship I learnt a lot from him throughout the project.”
Masters student June 2018

“The author would like to thank Dr Matthew Brodie for assisting and guidance for this thesis. It was the pleasure to be supervised by Dr Brodie he was such an enthusiasm and passion on topic that related to fall and balance, and also expert in Matlab and wearable device. All the guidance was very helpful and extend the author knowledge profoundly.”
Masters student June 2017

“I would like to thank Dr Matthew Brodie for his continuous support and mentorship provided throughout completion of this Thesis study. I am thankful for his motivation and enthusiasm for the work we were doing and his time for constantly taking meetings with me.”
Thesis Project June 2017

“I would firstly like to thank Dr Matthew Brodie for his support and guidance throughout this project. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to be mentored by someone with such boundless knowledge and willingness to teach.”
Thesis Project June 2016

My Teaching

BIOM9541 Mechanics of the Human Body

https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2021/BIOM9541/

BIOM9541 covers in depth the methods used in the analysis of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.  I cover methods to analyse body segment and joint kinematics, joint kinetics, work and power, muscle forces and associated energy cost. We look at advanced uses for wearable technology. Applications of biomechanics in clinical, occupational and recreational areas will be presented. Student highlights include using NeuRA's (a five minute walk from UNSW) state-of-the-art motion capture facility. I look forward to your participation in the T3 BIOM9541 course.

Health Informatics (TBC for 2022)