Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Staff Profiles

Dr Lisa Alcock

Research Associate and Gait Laboratory Manager (Clinical Ageing Research Unit)



2020              Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Newcastle University, UK) 
2019-2020     PGCert Advanced Studies in Academic Practise (Newcastle University, UK)
2008-2013     PhD Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (University of Hull, UK)
2008-2012     PGDip Research Training (University of Hull, UK)
2005-2008     BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (University of Hull, UK)

Current Role

I manage the Gait Laboratory within the Clinical Ageing Research Unit. We undertake a variety of studies (feasibility, observational, longitudinal, C-TIMPS and RCTs) with a range of patient groups (neurodegenerative, neuromuscular and genetic conditions). We have significant expertise in the design and development of novel protocols, managing and delivering complex clinical trials, database curation and implementing data analytics.

After obtaining a PhD in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics from the University of Hull in 2012, I joined Newcastle University as a Research Associate within the Brain and Movement Research Group.

My research interests include:
  1. characterising the functional (visual, cognitive and motor) demand of activities of daily living in ageing and disease
  2. to understand the relative task demand in falling and non-falling cohorts to inform falls risk, and ultimately 
  3. inform the development of interventions designed to optimise locomotor safety 

Research expertise
  • Clinical gait analysis in healthy and patient groups
  • Sensorimotor control of locomotion in neurodegenerative disorders
  • Development of interventions to optimise locomotor safety in people at risk of trips and falls

Gait; Locomotion; Activities of daily living; Biomechanics; Function; Capacity; Performance; Mobility; Falls; Intervention; Vision; Motor control; Ageing; Neurodegenerative disease; Translational healthcare

Orchid ID 0000-0002-8364-9803

Google scholar profile






Current funding

Co-investigator; “Translating digital healthcare to enhance clinical management: evaluating the effect of medication on mobility in people with PD through remote monitoring tools.” Funder: MRC Confidence in Concept, PI Dr Silvia Del Din.

Co-investigator; “Development of an MRI protocol to quantify changes of sarcopenia in specific lower limb muscles for the future validation of novel devices for dynamic muscle function monitoring in older adults”. Funder: Radiological Research Trust, PI Dr Mat Elameer.

Co-investigator; “Developing a dynamic multimodal imaging method to study gait and balance in Parkinson’s disease.” Funder: PDUK, PI Professor Lynn Rochester.

Co-investigator; “Dynamic muscle function monitoring in older adults: development of a novel wearable device to measure muscle function”. Funder: ESRC (ISCF Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards), PI Dr Annette Pantall.


Winner of the Best Poster Award for a Post Doctoral Fellow (Clinical Science) at the International Society of Posture and Gait Research Conference held in Edinburgh (30th June – 4th July 2019) and Fort Lauderdale (25th-29th June 2017).