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Dr Anna Basu

Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist


Dr Anna Basu is a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at University of Newcastle, UK.

Area of expertise: Assessments and interventions in perinatal stroke and CP especially unilateral CP; paediatric neurology

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BMBCh (Oxford 1997) 

MA (Cambridge 1998)

MRCPCH (London, 2000)

PhD (Newcastle, 2007)

FRCPCH (2014)


1991  Institute of Biology, UK Award for highest A-level Biology examination mark, Oxford Board

1993  Rushton Vacation Research Studentship (Physiological Society)

1994  Tyars Prize, New Hall, Cambridge University

1994  Green College Graduate Award, Oxford University

1995  Hoffman La Roche Prize for Laboratory Medicine (jointly), Oxford University

2004   Best oral presentation (jointly) at Neuroscience North East meeting  

2006   Best oral presentation (jointly), Paediatric Registrar Research Day, Northern Region

2010   Finalist, Bright Ideas in Health awards (NHS Innovations NE)

2012   Paul Polani Research Award, British Academy of Childhood Disability/RCPCH

2013   Ronnie MacKeith prize, British Paediatric Neurology Association (jointly)

2013   NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship

2014   NIHR Career Development Fellowship 

2016 - Associate Editor, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

2017   Nominated for the John Stoboe Prichard Award, International Child Neurology Association

Opponent for Linda Nordstrand PHD Defence, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2015

Opponent for Ann-Kristin Gunnes Elvrum PHD Defence, Trondheim University, Norway, 2016

Opponent for Linda Ek PHD Defence, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2019

Keynote lecture and Workshop to Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, 2019




Research Interests

My research is in neurological disorders of children, particularly those of cerebral palsy and neurocognition. I am working on projects which address the way in which the motor system can adapt to early damage and the role of the mirror neuron system to motor learning, as well as ways of assessing motor function and motor planning. I am also studying interventions in perinatal stroke. 

More information on some current projects available here

Fun 'n' Games website (bimanual therapy ideas for children with hemiplegic CP) here

Discussion podcast on perinatal stroke


2019-2020: Action Medical Research £68563: Can wrist-worn accelerometers help children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy increase the use of their affected upper limb in everyday activities?

2018-2021: Supervisor for Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Clinical Doctoral Fellowship Phillip Harniess (NIHR): Optimising parent engagement with early intervention physical therapy for their infants with emerging cerebral palsy. 

2017-2021: Lead supervisor for PhD studentship (ESRC NINE DTP, 1 3) Development and validation of a parent-completed screening checklist for early movement abnormalities indicating a high risk of development of cerebral palsy to Jess Baggaley. £80000


2016: Global Excellence Funding; Strategic Impact Funding (Newcastle University)

2016-2017: Physiotherapy Research Foundation £20 531 (Co-applicant). Motor assessment of preterm infants. 

2015-2017: NIHR HTA  £273 139. Standing frames as part of postural management for children with spasticity. What is the acceptability of a trial to determine the efficacy of standing frames? Co-Investigator.

2015-2016: Sparks Innovation Grant. £83 259. Participatory design of smart phone technology to support speech therapy for very young children with cerebral palsy. Co-Investigator.

2015: Newcastle University vacation studentship to Ayaka Tsutsumi

2015: Newcastle Healthcare Charity. Pilot feasibility study of early therapy intervention in perinatal stroke. £49 917. CI.

2014-2018: NIHR Career Development Fellowship £759 885.

2014: Tiny Lives. £10 350. Development of videos and website to support an early therapy approach in perinatal stroke. 

2014: Development and manualisation of a therapy-based intervention for infants at risk of hemiplegic cerebral palsy. £10 184. NIHR Research Capability Funding, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. CI.

2014: Wellcome Trust vacation scholarship to Katie Khong 

2013: Play-based therapy to improve upper limb function in young children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. NIHR Research Capability Fund, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (to support OT input to trial) £10005.  

2013: NIHR clinical trials fellowship 

2012: Paul Polani Research Award, British Association of Childhood Disability (PI). The use of taping to improve thumb and wrist posture and hand use in infants with non-progressive brain lesions affecting hand function. £7473.

2011: Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University (CI): A tool for measuring motor planning deficits in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. £1000. 

2011: WellChild Trust (CI): to study a play-based therapy approach for the upper limb in hemiplegic cerebral palsy. £46 733

2010: Special Trustees, Newcastle Healthcare Charity (CI). Development of an electronically instrumented pegboard test for assessing manual dexterity in children including those with significant motor disability. £4334 

2009: Special Trustees, Newcastle Healthcare Charity. Study of effect of face training on face perception in prosopagnosia and in healthy controls (£1228). 


PhD students Emma Kirkpatrick (completed) and Reem Basuodan.

I have helped a number of students to apply successfully for vacation studentships including Kelvin Leung (Newcastle University studentship 2011), Grace Tan (Wellcome Trust studentship 2008), Matthew French (Newcastle University studentship, 2008), Katie Khong (Wellcome Trust studentship 2014) and Ayaka Tsutsumi (Newcastle University, 2015).


Contributor to  Oxford Specialist Handbook of Paediatric Neurology second edition, Oxford University Press 

Facilitator, National Paediatric Epilepsy Training course (PET1), British Paediatric Neurology Association

Supervisor for SSC module for Newcastle medical students

Stage 5 Medical student seminar "Faints, fits and funny turns", Newcastle University 

Ward based teaching in paediatric neurology