Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Sam Stuart

Research Associate



I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Sunderland in 2009. I completed my post-graduate pre-registration physiotherapy degree at Northumbria University in 2013. I obtained my PhD in 2016 from Newcastle University, which focused on vision, cognition and gait in Parkinson's disease, and how interventions such as visual cues influence these factors.  


2013 - 2016               PhD Neuroscience - Newcastle University

                                   Title: 'Vision and Gait in Parkinson's disease: impact of cognition and response to visual cues'

                                   Supervisors: Professor Lynn Rochester, Dr. Sue Lord and Dr. Brook Galna

2011 - 2013               MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) - Northumbria University

                                    Dissertation: 'Normative Values in Lumbar Flexion Control Tests: A Pilot Study'

                                    Supervisor: Gerard Hargreaves

2006 - 2009               BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science - University of Sunderland

                                    Dissertation: 'Ground Reaction Force Analysis of Golf Swings'

                                    Supervisor: Dr. Ray White


  • Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK
  • Sports Physiotherapist, Newcastle University Rugby Football Club, UK
  • Physiotherapist, On Medical Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Honorary Clinical Physiotherapist (Band 5), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Newcastle University


Health and care professions council (HCPC)

Chartered society of physiotherapy (CSP)

International Movement Disorders Society (MDS)

International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR) 

British Neuroscience Association (BNA)


  • Research Assistant - NIHR BRU Newcastle, Newcastle University, UK
  • Sports Physiotherapist, Consett Rugby Football Club, UK
  • Occupational Health Technical Instructor (Band 4), Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Teaching Assistant, Teaching Personnel, UK
  • Sport Science Laboratory Technician, Durham University, UK
  • Special Needs Camp Counselor, Indian Trails Camp - Camp America Program, Michigan, USA


BAM Website:

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ResearchGate Profile:

Twitter: @samstuart87

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Research Interests

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Gait
  • Vision
  • Cognition
  • Physiotherapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomechanics

Current Work

I am a Research Associate for the Brain and Movement (BAM) Research Group, led by Professor Lynn Rochester. Currently I am under going post-doctoral research on a study examining cortical activity during gait in young, old and Parkinson's disease participants, which uses a mobile functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) device.


  • International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
  • Gait & Posture
  • Journal of Neurology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Medical Engineering & Physics
  • Sensors
  • NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (Grant Reviewer)

Editorial Board Member

  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Current Updates on Neurology and Neuroscience
  • Member of Advisory Board “An introduction to the scientific foundations of eye movement research and its applications”, published by Springer and edited by Christoph Klein (Freiburg/Bangor/Cologne) and Ulrich Ettinger (Bonn).


  • Grindley Grant, Experimental Psychology Society in 2017 (£500)
  • Movement Disorders Society Congregation Fee Bursary in 2017 (£250)
  • Royal Society - Partnership Grant Scheme in 2016 (£1500) - Co-applicant
  • World Parkinson's disease Congress Travel Grant in 2016 ($900)
  • Guarantors of Brain: Travel grant 2016 (£600)
  • British Geriatric Society; Therapist Study Grant 2016 (£300)
  • Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation; Individual Scholarship Scheme B1 in 2015 (£1500)
  • Movement Disorders Society Study Bursary 2015 ($1000)
  • British Geriatric Society; Therapist Study Grant 2015 (£300)
  • Institute of Neuroscience PhD Student Travel Grant 2015 (£500)
  • Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation; Individual Scholarship Scheme B1 in 2014 (£1870)


  • Best Allied Health Professional Poster Award at NIHR BRC/BRU post-graduate research showcase (£500 award)


  • Co-facilitated a Parkinson’s UK patient and public involvement meeting, CARU, Newcastle, December, 2015.
  • Involvement with research group social media accounts through Twitter and YouTube
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - Frontline Magazine; Printed comment 'A better way' (16th March 2016)

Continued Professional Development

  • Foundation Acupuncture Course (6 days): Acuphys
  • Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP): A practical guide to ethical and scientific quality standards in clinical research, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Informed Consent and Ethics, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • IRAS and NHS Permissions Training, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Patient and Public Involvement, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • CPR and AED training, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS trust
  • Manual Handling (Levels 1 and 2), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS trust
  • Infection Control and Prevention, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS trust
  • Oxygen cylinder training, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS trust
  • Introduction to Matlab, Newcastle University
  • Advanced Matlab, Newcastle University
  • Practical Statistics 1, Newcastle University
  • Practical Statistics 2, Newcastle University
  • New Research student Induction, Newcastle University
  • Research Ethics, Newcastle University
  • Health and Safety for Research Students, Newcastle University
  • Managing your PhD, Newcastle University
  • Learning Agreement, Intellectual Property Rights and Project Approval, Newcastle University
  • ePortfolio and PDP, Newcastle University
  • Introduction to Statistical Considerations in Experimental Research, Newcastle University
  • Endnote, Newcastle University
  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism, Newcastle University
  • Recording your Research (Lab books, Research diaries etc.), Newcastle University
  • Systematic Reviews Workshop, Newcastle University



Newcastle University

Guest Lecturer - Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons), Newcastle University:

  • SES1003 : Introduction to Biomechanics
  • SES2005 : Applied Biomechanics

Royal Society -  teaching Newcastle Discovery School STEM students on a joint project

Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects

Invited talk at Northumbria University regarding careers after a Physiotherapy degree, February, 2016

Invited talk at Sunderland University regarding careers after a Sport and Exercise Science degree, October, 2014     

Clinical Supervision
  • Guidance to work experience students at On Medical Ltd
  • Placement supervision at Consett RFC of BSc Sport Therapy students from Newcastle College 


Durham University
  • Technical support to undergraduate sport science dissertation projects
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Educational Lead (Forensic service): Taught adults with learning disabilities NVQ/ASDAN Maths and English
Teaching Personnel 
  • Primary and Secondary schools: Taught children with and without special educational needs or behavioural problems a variety of pe-prepared material as a class or one to one