Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Helen Bosomworth

Research Associate

Background

Introduction

I was awarded my Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds in 2007. After a little time in industry I returned to university in 2008 to study towards my MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences specialising in Neuroscience at Newcastle University. From this I progressed to a PhD in Molecular Biology which was awarded in 2012. My PhD harnessed my interests in molecular biology and neuroscience. I order to learn more about the translational pathway of research I joined the Stroke Research Group in 2012 as a Research Associate. Currently I am working on a large NIHR HTA funded multicentre randomised controlled trial: Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke (RATULS) (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ratuls/).

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research  Newcastle University 2013

PhD                                                            Newcastle University 2012

MRes (Distinction)                                        Newcastle University 2009

BSc (Hons)                                                  University of Leeds 2007

 

Research

Current Research

I am currently a Research Associate on a NIHR HTA funded multicentre randomised controlled trial: Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke (RATULS).

Loss of arm function is a common and distressing consequence of stroke. Currently it is unclear how best to provide therapy to improve arm recovery. Research suggests that robot assisted training may be beneficial but this is not yet proven and further research is needed. Robot assisted training consists of the use of a machine or ‘robot’ to exercise the arm.

This research study is a three group multicentre randomised controlled trial to determine whether robot assisted training improves upper limb function after stroke. Robot assisted training will be compared to i) an enhanced upper limb therapy programme consisting of repeated practice of everyday activities using the arm and ii) usual NHS rehabilitation. Stroke patients with reduced arm function who wish to take part in the trial will be randomly assigned to either robot assisted training, enhanced upper limb therapy or usual NHS rehabilitation.

The effectiveness of robot assisted training will be evaluated by comparing the upper limb function of patients in each randomisation group at 3 and 6 months. The study will run for 57 months and aims to recruit 720 stroke patients.

For further information about this trial please visit our trial website:

http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ratuls/ 

Publications