Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Staff Profiles

Dr Lisa Alcock

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



Research Associate (Brain and Movement Research Group) within the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences Newcastle University 
Laboratory Manager for the Gait Laboratory within the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (Campus for Ageing and Vitality) 

Area of expertise: Clinical gait analysis in healthy and patient groups, Role of visual function and sensory input in the control of locomotion in neurodegenerative disorders, Development of interventions to optimise locomotor safety in falling populations


2008-2013     PhD Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
                      Thesis title - 'Musculoskeletal biomechanics of gait and balance during activities of daily living in community-dwelling older women' 

2008-2012     PGDip Research Training
2005-2008     BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Brain and Movement Research Group webpage
Elsevier reviewer profile
Google scholar profile






I have been actively involved in research throughout both my doctorate and postdoctoral studies. I firstly trained as a biomechanist and now work within a multidisciplinary Brain and Movement (BAM) team to continue with research in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. My research interests involve: (i) characterising the functional (visual, cognitive and motor) demand of activities of daily living in ageing and disease, (ii) to understand the relative task demand in falling and non-falling cohorts to inform falls risk and (iii) inform the development of interventions designed to optimise locomotor safety.


Currently I am working on the V-time research project which aims to assess the benefits of two differing exercise interventions (traditional treadmill training vs. treadmill training augmented by virtual reality) upon enhancing mobility and reducing falls in older populations with varying visual, cognitive and motor abilities. I have successfully enrolled 60 older adult fallers with a range of cognitive and motor deficits in a 6-week walking intervention and have set-up a site specific add on study to this project exploring visual behaviour during dynamic tasks.