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Dr Samuel Stuart

Director and Senior Research Fellow

Sam is an honorary clinical physiotherapist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust, as well as an academic researcher at Northumbria University. He completed his NIHR biomedical research unit funded PhD in neuroscience at Newcastle University. He previously held a Parkinson's Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship for Basic Scientists, and currently holds a Parkinson's Foundation Clinical Research Award. 
His research interests involve the roles that sensory or cognitive function play in mobility and function, particularly within neurological populations such as Parkinson's disease or mild traumatic brain injury. He is also interested in the use and development of novel clinical assessment and rehabilitation tools, using modern technology and wearables.

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Dr Rosie Morris

Co-Director and Senior Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy

Rosie is an honorary clinical physiotherapist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust, as well as an academic at Northumbria University. Her research interests include the role that cognition plays in mobility in those with neurological conditions, particularly Parkinson's disease.

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Dr Rodrigo Vitorio

Research Fellow

Rodrigo is a human movement scientist with an array of experience with clinical research. His research interests include the examination of the neuroscience underpinning human movement in clinical populations, and how interventions can influence this.

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Julia Das

PhD Candidate
Honorary Clinical Physiotherapist

Julia is an honorary clinical physiotherapist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust, and a PhD candidate and associate lecturer at Northumbria University. Her research interests are in neurological physiotherapy assessment and rehabilitation, specifically with conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

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Rachel Mason

PhD Candidate

Rachel is a a biomechanist with previous experience in clinical gait analysis in the NHS and sport performance monitoring in the English Institute for Sport (EIS). Her research interests lie in biomechanical and performance analysis of sport, specifically focusing on the use of novel technologies in this field.

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Lisa Graham

PhD Candidate

Lisa obtained her Psychology BSc from Newcastle University where she developed her interest in neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson’s Disease. She gained clinical experience in the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic at North Tyneside General Hospital which led her to pursue further research in the area. Her research interests involve the use of eye movements as a biomarker for neurological injury and disease, specifically Parkinson's Disease and mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Laboratory Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Lisa Graham (BSc Psychology), Newcastle University, 2021

  • David Keen (BSc Biomedical Science, Distinction), Newcastle University, 2017

  • Charlotte Healy (BSc Human Physiology, Distinction), Newcastle University, 2014

Post-graduate Students

  • Callum Walsh (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2021-present

  • Jackson Rouse (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2021-present

  • Emily Richards (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2021-present

  • Allissa Butterfield (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Jordan Armitage (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Emma Yates (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Joe Byerley (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Briar Coman (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Anthony Dever (MSc Physiotherapy), Northumbria University, 2020-2021

  • Andrea Baker (MRes Sport Science), Northumbria University, 2020

  • David Hunt (MRes Neuroscience), Newcastle University, 2016

  • Jeremy Nell (MRes Neuroscience), Newcastle University, 2016

  • Henry King (MRes Medical and Molecular Biosciences), Newcastle University, 2015

 

Collaborators

Academic / Clinical

Dr Alan Godfrey (Digitial Health Group), Northumbria University
Dr Gill Barry, Northumbria University
Assistant Professor Martina Mancini, Oregon Health & Science University
Associate Professor Laurie King, Oregon Health & Science University
Professor Richard Walker, Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust
Professor Fay Horak, Oregon Health & Science University
Karen Welman, Stellenbosch University
Professor Scott Makeig, University of California San Diego

Industry

Senaptec Inc.
DANU Sport
Head Diagnostics
Mymo
Output Sports
DorsaVi

Joint MSc / MRes Students

Chantelise Watkins, Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University
Megon Sam, Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University

Joint PhD students

Dylan Powell, Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University
Yunus Celik, Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University
Fraser Young, Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University
Liam Pearson, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University
David Power, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University
Jason Moore, Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University

 

Available Positions

Current Opportunities at Physiotherapy Innovation Laboratory

Start Date: October 2022

PhD Student

New PhD research study. 

'Cortical control of balance in ageing and Parkinson’s disease (PD) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)' (REF: RDF22/HLS/SER/MORRIS)