Research

In this section you can find information regarding our research lines and the research projects. We developed six research lines and each of them has a PhD as a principal investigator.


Research line

 

Six research lines have been developed

  • Physical activity and exercise in special population
    Description: This research line studies the relationship between physical activity, exercise and health in special population (children, elderly, obese people etc.). 
    Principal Investigators: Milan Chang, PhD & Jose M Saavedra, PhD
  • ICT in education and physical education 
    Description: This research line studies the influence of information and communication technology (ICT) in education. The focus is on how teachers use ICT in their teaching and how students learn in an ICT environment.
    Principal Investigator: Ásrún Matthíasdóttir, PhD
  • Sports biomechanics and measuring external motion
    Description: The research line studies the kinetic and kinematic factors of locomotion in athletes and aims to quantify the biomechanical aspects of various joints within the human body.
    Principal Investigator: Magnús K. Gíslason, PhD
  • Motor competence, physical fitness and physical activity in a life-span perspective
    Description: This research line studies the development of motor competence, physical fitness and physical activity and the relationship between these factors in a life span perspective.
    Principal Investigator: Hermundur Sigmundsson, PhD
  • Psychological and sociological factors in sport
    Description: This research line studies the effects of psychological and psychosocial factors on athletes performance as well as the effects of physical activity on health and well-being. Principal Investigator: Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir, PhD
  • Performance analysis and evaluation of sports
    Description: This research line studies the relationship between performance sport and different aspects (technical, tactical and physical) in team and individual sports and also in children/young or elite.
    Principal Investigator: Jose M. Saavedra, PhD

 

Research projects

The researchers of the PAPESH Research Centre have participated in more than 40 research projects in Germany, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Spain and UK.

  • Adult literacies as benefit for inclusion and equity/ALBIE. Leader Univerity and Principal investigator: Univerzita Mateja Bela (Slovakia). Researcher: Ásrún Matthíasdóttir. 

  • Equallity in sports. Jafnréttissjóðs Íslands (Equality Fund) 2016-2017. Principal investigator: Hafrún  Kristjánsdóttir. 

  • Gender difference of technology students' well-being and study progress. Jafnréttissjóðs Íslands (Equality Fund) 2016-2017. Principal investigator: Ásrún Matthíasdóttir.

  • Association of early Life socio economic factors with physical, cognitive and psychological well-being in old age: AGES-Reykjavik Study (PhD grant). Lanspitali. 2016-2018. Principal investigators: Milan Chang Guðjónsson and S.H. Sigurðardóttir, S.H. 

  • Additional exercise regimens in schools - Effects on brain activity during a cognitive inhibition task. DFG, German Research Foundation. Principal investigator: Henning Budde. 

  • Psychological coaching efficacy intervention for youth coaches. RANNIS. Principal investigators:  B.M. Magnusson, Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir.

  • Gender and equality in ball sports. RANNIS. Principal investigator: Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir, H., Taehtinen, R.E. Researchers: Margret L. Guðmundsdóttir.

  • Social Inequalities in Ageing (SIA). Health, Care and Institutional Reforms in the Nordic Welfare Model. 2020-2015. Principal Investigator: Johan Fritzell (Aging Research Center in Karolinska Institute), Researcher: Milan Chang Guðjónsson.
  • Effect of low impact aerobic exercise on physical fitness and cognitive function among community living elderly. Helga or Sigurlidur Research fund, Landspitali Research Fund. 2015-2013. Principal Investigator: Milan Chang Guðjónsson.
  • Effect of strength exercise intervention program on changes in physical fitness, muscle mass, and biological profiles among older adults. Helga or Sigurlidur Research fund, Landspitali Research Fund). 2015-2010. Principal Investigator: Alfons Ramel, Researcher: Milan Chang Guðjónsson.
  • Association of Vitamin D and cognitive function in AGES-Reykjavik Study (cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis). St Joseph Hospital research fund & Landspitali Research Fund. 2015. Principal Investigator: Milan Chang Guðjónsson. Researcher: Hrafhildur Eymundsdottir.  
  • Icelandic National Youth Teams - Physical Measurements. Icelandic Research Fund (Rannís), 2015. Principal Investigator: Sveinn Þorgeirsson. Researcher: Kristján Halldórsson  
  • Transdiagnostic cognitive behavioural Therapy for depression and anxiety. University of Iceland and Reykjavík University (Iceland). 2013. Principal Investigator: Jón Friðik Sigurðsson (Reykjavík University).  Researcher:  Hafrún Kristjánsdóttir.
  • How to throw a handball: Audio feedback with Kine Live sEMG. Reykjavik University (Iceland), 2012. Principal Investigator: Sveinn Þorgeirsson.   
  • Effect of different strategies of altitude training on performance, technique, and health status in elite athletes. Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain), 2012-2009. Principal Investigator: Ferran A. Rodríguez (University of Barcelona, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Jumptest applet for a smartphone. Reykjavik University (Iceland), 2011. Principal Investigator: Ásbjörn Hagalín Pétursson (University of Reykjavik). Researcher: Sveinn Þorgeirsson.
  • Surveillance Society. University of Iceland – Research Found. 2011. Principal Investigator: Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir. Researcher: Margrét L. Guðmundsdóttir.                                                   
  • The effect of midlife physical activity and body mass index on cognitive function and brain atrophy among older adults: 26 years of follow-up. Icelandic Research Fund (Rannís), 2010, Principal Investigator: Milan Chang Guðjónsson
  • Elite sport academies for handball in secondary school system. Icelandic Student Innovation Fund. 2009. Principal Investigator: Margrét L. Guðmundsdóttir. Researcher: Sveinn Þorgeirsson.
  • Severe childhood obesity: Lifestyle modification through diet and two exercise programs. European Social Funds and Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain), 2009-2007. Principal Investigator: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Promotion of physical activity in employees of the University. University of Extremadura. 2008. Principal Investigator: Yolanda Escalante (University of Extremadura, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Relationship between active living habits and the type of playground in Extremadura. European Social Funds and Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain). 2008. Principal Investigator: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Effect of habitual exercise on the immune system in fibromyalgia. European Social Funds and Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain). 2008-2006. Principal Investigator: Eduardo Ortega (University of Extremadura, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Monitoring program of physical activity and sport. Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain). 2008-2006. Principal Investigator: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Load transfer mechanics through the arthritic wrist. Furlong Foundation (UK). 2007. Principal Investigator: Nicol A. Researcher: Magnús K. Gíslason.
  • Swimming Science. Financing organization: Ministry of Education (Spain). 2007. Principal Investigator: Raul Arellano (University of Granada, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Development of a system of qualitative evaluation of swimming technique. 2005. Principal Investigator: Fernando Navarro (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • Lifestyle, physical activity, fitness and their relation to health in schoolchildren in Extremadura. European Social Funds and Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain). 2005. Principal Investigator: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • A well-being and social-health study of elderly users of the thermal spas of Extremadura. European Social Funds and Autonomous Government of Extremadura (Spain). 2004. Principal Investigator: Silvia Torres (University of Extremadura, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.
  • A well-being and social-health study of users and patients of hydrotherapy centers in Extremadura. Evaluation of hydrotherapy techniques in coxarthrosis, gonarthrosis, and chronic respiratory diseases. University of Extremadura (Spain). 2004. Principal Investigator: Silvia Torres (University of Extremadura, Spain). Researcher: Jose M. Saavedra.

 


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