Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Lynn Rochester

Professor of Human Movement Science

Background

I am a Professor of Human Movement Science in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University and an honorary Consultant Physiotherapist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I completed my PhD in 1992 in translational neuroscience. I have a number of leadership roles nationally and internationally. 

I lead the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Speciality Cluster, where I have strategic oversight of the NIHR research portfolio (over 700 studies) in ageing, dementia, neurodegeneration, neurological disorders and genetics. This role also involves developing and leading national projects that aim to optimise the research delivery network in the UK.

I am the Co-ordinator for the Mobilise-D consortium consisting of 34 partners from academia and industry funded through the EU IMIJ2 aimed to develop and validate digital mobility biomarkers.

I serve on the Task for on Technology for the International Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Society.

Previously, I was Director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (2016-2019) which is a translational experimental clinical research facility aimed at ageing.


Qualifications

PhD 

Grad Dip Phys 
 

Memberships

International Society of Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders 

International Society for Posture and Gait Research

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Health Professionals Council

 

Committees

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship Scheme, review panel member.


Task Force on Technology member, International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society


Health Care Professionals Special Interest Group member, International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society


Evidence Based Practice Committee, Parkinson’s UK Excellence Network.

Research

My main research interests are in neurodegenerative disease (particularly Parkinson’s disease) focused on the motor and non-motor mechanisms of gait and falls, surrogate markers of disease and disease progression (in particular cognitive decline and falls risk), development and evaluation of novel interventions, and technological applications in healthcare using wearable sensors. 

I established the Brain and Movement Research Group (BAM) (https://www.bam-ncl.co.uk) in 2009. My group is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, clinical scientists and clinical engineers with a research focus on age related gait and mobility disorders. Our work aims to advance patient diagnosis, assessment and treatment and to understand the effect of ageing and neurodegenerative disease on movement control.  The research is informed by 3 core themes: (1) mechanisms of dysfunction, (2) measurement and (3) intervention development and testing which form distinct yet overlapping and integrated bodies of work.  Previous and current studies include: development and testing of interventions to improve mobility in Parkinson’s disease; application of novel technologies such as digital technology for assessment and intervention and; identification of physical biomarkers of cognitive decline and falls. Our work has contributed to the development of guidelines to advance clinical practice and an educational focus ensures that research is communicated widely to clinicians, researchers, students and service users. 

I co-ordinate a major international research consortium developing digital mobility biomarkers.

Mobilise-D (Connecting digital mobility assessment to clinical outcomes for regulatory and clinical endorsement) is funded by the European Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking and aims to revolutionise assessment of mobility loss using digital technology – and by doing so - lead to enhanced clinical trials and clinical management of mobility. 

Further details about the project and membership of the consortium are available on the consortium website: www.mobilise-d.eu

I am a principle and co-investigator on numerous other projects.

Funding:

I receive funding from the MRC, NIHR, EU, Parkinson's UK, Stroke Association, GE, Cure Parkinson's Trust

Teaching

Teaching

Medical Sciences MRes project supervisor


Publications