Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa Alcock

Gait Laboratory Manager and Research Associate

Background

 

QUALIFICATIONS

2008-2013     PhD Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Thesis title - 'Musculoskeletal biomechanics of gait and balance during activities of daily living in community-dwelling older women' 

2008-2012     PGDip Research Training

2005-2008     BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

  

ESTEEM INDICATORS

Reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Clinical Interventions in Ageing, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Gait & Posture, Experimental Physiology, Journal of Parkinson's Disease, Physiotherapy, PLOS ONE, International Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine and Sensors.

Awarded travel grants:

July 2015 - £500, Grindley Grant, Experimental Psychology Society.

July 2015 - £600, Guarantors of Brain.

April 2015 - €1300, International Brain Research Organisation.

June 2014 - £800, Guarantors of Brain.


Brain and Movement Research Group webpage

Elsevier reviewer profile

Google scholar profile

NIHR research in the Biomedical Research Building

ResearchGate profile

Twitter account




       

 

 

 

Research

I have been actively involved in research throughout both my doctorate and postdoctoral studies. I firstly trained as a biomechanist and now work within a multidisciplinary Brain and Movement (BAM) team to continue with research in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. My research interests involve: (i) characterising the functional (visual, cognitive and motor) demand of activities of daily living in healthy ageing (Alcock et al., (2013); Alcock et al., (2014a)Alcock et al., (2014b) and Stuart et al., (2014)), (ii) to understand the relative task demand in falling and non-falling cohorts to inform falls risk (Alcock et al., (2014)) and (iii) inform the development of interventions designed to optimise locomotor safety.

 

Currently I am working on the V-time research project which aims to assess the benefits of two differing exercise interventions (traditional treadmill training vs. treadmill training augmented by virtual reality) upon enhancing mobility and reducing falls in older populations with varying visual, cognitive and motor abilities. I have successfully enrolled 60 older adult fallers with a range of cognitive and motor deficits in a 6-week walking intervention and have set-up a site specific add on study to this project exploring visual behaviour during dynamic tasks.

Publications