Grad Dip Phys
Movement Disorders Society
International Society for Posture and Gait Research
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Health Professionals Council
Health Care Professionals Special Interest Group, Movement Disorders Society
Board Member of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research
Editorial Board, Movement Disorders Journal
Guest Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Ageing Research
Congress Program Scientific Committee, The Movement Disorders Society
Parkinson’s Disease Society Research Advisory Panel.
DeNDRoN Parkinson’s Disease Clinical Studies Group
My research interests are concerned with motor control of gait, motor learning, the complex interactions of motor and non-motor symptoms, and their consequences for independent mobility in the older person. I lead a research programme entitled 'Gait and Activity in Ageing and Disease' with a particular focus on the interaction between cognitive and motor functions in age and neurodegenerative disease. Our research team is based in the Clinical Ageing Research Unit, a translation clinical research platform which includes a state of the art human movement and gait research laboratory. Our work aims to advance patient diagnosis, assessment and treatment and to understand the effect of ageing and neurodegenerative disease on movement control. The research is informed by 3 core themes: (1) mechanisms of dysfunction, (2) measurement and (3) intervention development and testing which form distinct yet overlapping and integrated bodies of work. Previous and current studies include: development and testing of interventions to improve mobility in Parkinson’s disease; application of novel technologies such as accelerometry for assessment and intervention and; identification of physical biomarkers of cognitive decline and falls. My work has contributed to the development of clinical guidelines to advance clinical practice and an educational focus ensures that research is communicated widely to clinicians, researchers, students and service users. Moreover, an important aim is to ensure timely translation of research findings into clinical practice through an academic physiotherapy service which is integrated into the Regional Movement Disorders Service and CRESTA clinics at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality.
'Rehabilitation Science for Movement Disorders'. This module may be taken as part of the Masters of Clinical Research Programme or as a stand-alone paper to contribute to Continuing Professional Development (20 credits).