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Mrs Eleanor van den Heuvel

Mrs Eleanor van den Heuvel
Research Fellow II

Mary Seacole 301


Eleanor has been at BIB since 1996 working on a range of different projects at the interface of Biology and Engineering. She has spent a number of years developing assistive technology for continence management problems and has granted patents in this field. She has also investigated assistive technology for dementia. Eleanor has expertise in running large multidisciplinary projects, have coordinated a €2 million EU framework 5 grant and more recently been Principal Investigator on a £1.6 million (full economic cost) New Dynamics of Ageing collaborative research programme grant. She is a member of the British Society for Gerontology and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) peer review college.  Eleanor is founder and lead academic for the Brunel Older people's Reference Group (BORG) and an active member of the Ageing studies research theme.

Major Grants

ERA-AGE 2 programme with collaborators in Quebec, Alberta and France.  UK project funded by ESRC Continence Across Continents To Upend Stigma and Dependency (CACTUS-D) (£177,400 FEC) 2013-2016  Investigator  

 Operating grant funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Improving Continence across continents (CIHR) ($225,000 CAN) 2010-2012 Co-Investigator

Operating grant funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Development and validation of a questionnaire to measure the psychosocial impact of assistive technologies for continence in elderly individuals. ($225,000 CAN) 2009-20011 Co-Investigator

Collaborative Programme Grant funded by the cross council New dynamics of Ageing Programme: Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory Tools and Technology (TACT3) 2008-2012 Principal Investigator (£1.6 million Full economic cost)

Research, development and demonstration of a novel non-invasive continence management system,  EU FP5 Grant Ref QLK6-CT-2002-02576, Jan 2003 –June 2006 (€1,870,588) Project Coordinator

Newest selected publications

Tannebaum, C., Van den Heuvel, EA., Fritel, X., Jutai, JW., Halme, A. and Wagg, A. (2019) 'Long-Term Effect of Community-Based Continence Promotion on Urinary Symptoms, Falls, and Healthy Life Expectancy Among Older Women: Cluster Randomised Trial'. Age and Ageing, 48 (4). pp. 526 - 532. ISSN: 1468-2834 Open Access Link

Journal article

Silarova, B., Nelis, SM., Ashworth, RM., Ballard, C., Bieńkiewicz, M., Henderson, C., et al. (2018) 'Protocol for the IDEAL-2 longitudinal study: Following the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers to understand what contributes to living well with dementia and enhances active life'. BMC Public Health, 18 (1). pp. 1214. ISSN: 1471-2458 Open Access Link

Journal article

Van den Heuvel, EA., Southall, K., Tuazon, J., Djokhdem, A., Wittich, W. and Jutai, J. (2017) 'Assessing the stigma content of urinary incontinence intervention outcome measures'. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 4. pp. 205566831773894 - 205566831773894. ISSN: 2055-6683 Open Access Link

Journal article

Van den Heuvel, EA., Tannenbaum, C., Fritel, X., Southall, K., Jutai, J., Rajabali, S. and et al. (2015) 'Continence Across Continents To Upend Stigma and Dependency (CACTUS-D): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial'. Clinical Trials Journal, 16 (1). pp. 565. ISSN: 0009-9325 Open Access Link

Journal article

Long, A., Edwards, J., Worthington, J., Cotterill, N., Weir, I., Drake, MJ. and et al. (2015) 'Clinical evaluation of a prototype underwear designed to detect urine leakage from continence pads'. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 42 (6). pp. 632 - 639. ISSN: 1071-5754 Open Access Link

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