Grad Dip Phys
Movement Disorders Society
International Society for Posture and Gait Research
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
My research interests are concerned with motor control of gait, motor learning and the complex interactions of motor and non-motor symptoms and their consequences on 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. Our research team is based in the Clinical Ageing Research Unit 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 on movement control. The research is informed by 3 core themes: mechanisms of dysfunction, measurement and 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; development of physical biomarkers of cogntive decline sensitive measures to improve diagnosis. 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.
Developed a module due to commence on 30th January 2012 - '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).