Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Lynn Rochester

Prof of Human Movement Science


I am a member of the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. I hold Chair in Human Movement Science and am Director of the Brain and Movement Research Group which I set up in 2008 when I joined Newcastle University.  My other responsibilities include acting as Deputy Director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) a translational clinical research platform where I am based, and the Neuroimaging and Biomarkers Area theme lead for the NIHR BRU.  I graduated as a physiotherapist in Newcastle, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation and completed my PhD in 1992 in translational neuroscience.  I serve on various National and International committees and takes a key role in professional leadership within the university developing clinical academic careers for healthcare professionals.  I also lead an academic physiotherapy team which is integrated into the Regional Movement Disorders Service. 




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

DeNDRoN Parkinson’s Disease Clinical Studies Group



Research Interests

I am interested in neurodegenerative disease and the motor and non-motor mechanisms of gait and falls, surrogate markers of disease and disease progression, development and evaluation of novel interventions, and technological applications in healthcare.

Research Group

I am Director of the Brain and Movement Research Group which I set up in 2008 when I joined Newcastle University (see  We are 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.  We are a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, clinical scientists and clinical engineers.  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. Our 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).