Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Brook Galna

Lecturer

Background

Background

I completed my B App Sci (Exercise Science & Exercise behaviour)  /  B Arts (Psychology & Philosophy) in 2004 from Deakin University (Australia) & University of Victoria (Canada), prior to spending a year as a post-graduate trainee at the Biomechanics department of the Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra, Australia).

After some travel supporting the Australian Women's Skeleton Team, I returned to Deakin University where I obtained a first class honours degree for my research on how humans minimise metabolic and attentional costs when learning a novel bimanual upper limb task.

I began my doctoral studies soon after and in 2010 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis titled: The biomechanics of obstacle crossing in people with Parkinson's disease from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia).

In late 2010, I moved half way across the world to work with the brilliant Brain and Movement Research Team at the Clinical Ageing Research Unit where I worked as a Research Associate managing the Human Movement Laboratory, participating in clinical biomechanics projects and continuing my own research into movement disorders in people with neuromuscular, orthopaedic and metabolic pathologies, as well as examining functional mobility in healthy older adults.

In 2015, I was awarded an exciting new lecturing position at Newcastle University where I will teach undergraduate students about the biomechanics of humans movement. I am the Director of the undergraduate Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate degree programme as well as the Curriculum Chair of the Exercise Biomedicine BSc Honours degree. In 2016, I also obtained a post graduate certificate in statistics from the University of Sheffield and gained associate fellowship with the UK's Higher Education Academy.

My current research focuses on walking behaviour and gait patterns with the overall aims of: i) diagnosing neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia, earlier and more accurately; ii) predicting healthy ageing phenotypes as well as people at high risk of cognitive decline and falls; iii) measuring the progression of neurodegeneration over time and its response to interventions; and iv) identifying the underlying mechanical and neural underpinnings of human locomotion.

 

Academic Qualifications

B App Sci (Exercise Science & Exercise Behaviour) (1st class Hons)

B Arts (Psychology & Philosophy) - Deakin University(Australia)/Victoria University (Canada)

PG Cert Statistics - The University of Sheffield (UK)

Associate Teaching Fellow - Higher Education Academy (UK)

PhD (Biomechanics) - The University of Melbourne (Australia)

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Research

I am fortunate enough to do research with the amazing people who make up the Brain and Movement Research Group. My current research focuses on walking behaviour and gait patterns with the overall aims of:

i) diagnosing neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia, earlier and more accurately;

ii) predicting healthy ageing phenotypes as well as people at high risk of cognitive decline and falls;

iii) measuring the progression of neurodegeneration over time and its response to interventions; and

iv) identifying the underlying mechanical and neural underpinnings of human locomotion.

You can check out my google scholar profile for more information about my publications.

 

Funding, Awards and Prizes

2018 ULTSEC Innovation Fund, Euro £1,990

2017 ERDP Development grant £1,500

2016 Alzheimer’s UK £350,000

2014 International Brain Research Organization, Euro €1,100

Guarantors of Brain travel fund, GBP £800

Newcastle Medical school travel fund, GBP £200

2013 Movement Disorders Young Researcher Travel Award, US $2,000

Institute for Ageing and Health Travel award, GBP £350

Guarantors of Brain travel fund, GBP £800

Newcastle Medical school travel fund, GBP £200

2012 Parkinson’s UK Innovation Grant (CoInvestigator),GBP £30,000

UCB travel funding, GBP £300

Institute for Ageing and Health Travel award, GBP £200

2011 SingHealth Foundation Grant, Eccentric exercise in Knee OA RCT (CoInvestigator), SNG $50,000

2010 Best poster - Melbourne School of Health Sciences Graduate Research Colloquium, AUD $100

2009 Australian Research Council, Longitudinal Research Course bursary, AUD $300

Movement Disorders Young Researcher Travel Award, AUS $1,000

Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Gait Travel bursary, AUD $1,746

Glencross Memorial Young Scholar Award poster presentation, AUD $400

Emerging Researchers in Ageing Masterclass scholarship, AUD $650

2007 NHMRC PhD Training Scholarship (over 2.5 years), AUD $54,665

2006 University of Melbourne PhD Scholar Support (over 3 years), AUD $1,500

John Cockayne Foundation Memorial Research Fund, AUD $14,550

Clinical Centre of Research Excellence in Gait stipend, AUD $20,000

2005 Best oral presentation at Deakin University Honours Seminar

 

Professional Positions and Membership

  • Editorial board / Reviewer for the international journal of Gait and Posture
  • International Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy
  • Reviewer for Journal of Biomechanics
  • Reviewer for Human Movement Science
  • Reviewer for Movement Disorders
  • Reviewer for  Motor Control
  • Reviewer for Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
  • Reviewer for NeuroRehabiliation and Neural Repair
  • Reviewer for Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Parkinson's disease
  • Reviewer for Physiological Measurement
  • Member of the Movement Disorders Society (2009)
  • Member of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research
  • Member of the Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Australia
  • Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Gait (2006-2009)

Teaching

Newcastle University

·         Director of the undergraduate Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate degree programme

·         Curriculum Chair of the Exercise Biomedicine BSc Honours degree

·         Module leader & lecturer for:

o    SES1003 / ESC2001 : Introduction to Biomechanics

o    SES2005 : Applied Biomechanics

o    SES2003 : Research Methods for Sports and Exercise Science

o    ESC3007 : Integrated Exercise Biomedicine

  • Supervision of Undergraduate, Masters and PhD research students.

 

The University of Melbourne

·         Lectured undergraduate physiotherapy students on the biomechanics of gait

·         Teaching Assistant for a postgraduate course in research and systematic review methodology to post graduate students

·         Chaired and presented a course on creating and presenting scientific posters for masters and doctoral students

 

Deakin University

·         Taught laboratory and tutorial classes on the theory and application of human movement biomechanics.


Publications