Dr. Patrick Esser

Research Fellow (Movement Science)

Patrick was awarded a BSc (2007) in Medical Technology from Zuyd University, The Netherlands. As part of his BSc project he spent 6 months at the University of Calgary, Canada with Dr. Walter Herzog working on a project concerning muscle fibre recruitments. Following this, he started a Mphil with the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University. In 2009 he transferred from Mphil to PhD by obtaining funding trough the Wellcome Trust Foundation.

During his Mphil/PhD he developed a gait monitor based on inertial measurement units that provides objective data on (non-)neurological gait measurements. More information can be found on the Movement Science Group Website. He finished his PhD in 2011 with his doctoral thesis entitled “The use of inertial measurements for determination of gait temporospatial measurements”.

His research interests lie within the broad field of Biomechanics. His special interest lies within movement analysis in (non-) neurological conditions.

Peer reviewed publications

Esser, P., Dent, S., Jones, C., Sheridan, B.J., Bradley, A., Wade, D.T., Dawes, H., Utility of the MOCA as a cognitive predictor for fitness to drive. JNNP, 2015. (DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2015-310921)

Steins, D., Sheret, I., Dawes, H., Esser, P., Collett., A smart device inertial-sensing method for gait analysis. J Biomech, 2014. 47(15): p.3780-5

Collett, J., Esser, P., Khalil, H., Busse, M., Quinn, L., DeBono, K., Rosser, A., Nemeth, A., Dawes, H., Insight into gait disorders: Wakling variablity using phase plot analysis Huntington's disease. Gait & Posture, 2014. 40(4): p. 694-700

Bathe, B., Dawes, H., Nankervis, K., Esser, P., Collett, J., Accuracy of Girth Based Measurements of Stride Characteristics in Horses Trotting on a Treadmill. Equine Vet J, 2014. 46(Suppl S46): p. 36

Steins, D., Dawes H., Esser P., Collett J., Wearable accelerometry-based technology capable of assessing functional activities in neurological populations in community settings: a systematic review. J Neuroeng Rehabil, 2014. 11(1): p. 36

Esser, P., et al., Insights into gait disorders: walking variability using phase plot analysis, Parkinson’s Disease Gait & Posture, 2013. 38(4):p. 648-52

Jayaram, G., Stagg, C. J., Esser, P., Kischka, U., Stinear, J., & Johansen-Berg, H. (2012). Relationships between functional and structural corticospinal tract integrity and walking post stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2012.04.026

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Howells K. (2012). Utilizing variability analysis to distinguish Parkinson’s disease from typical developed adults "Proceedings of SRR 2012." Clin Rehabil 26(6): 570-575.

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Feltham MG, Howells K. Validity and inter-rater reliability of Inertial Gait Measurements in Parkinson’s Disease: A pilot study J Neurolog Sci 2012; 205(1): p. 177-81

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Howells K. Utilizing gait variability analysis to distinguish Parkinson’s disease from typical developed adults Clinical Rehabilitation 2011; (abstract SRR Conference Proceedings)

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Feltham MG, Howells K. Assessment of spatio-temporal gait parameters using inertial measurement units in neurological populations Gait & Posture 2011; 34(4): P. 588-60

Esser, P., Dawes, H., Collett, J., Feltham, M.G., Howells, K.. Assessment of step length with IMU technology in neurological populations. 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement. Glasgow, UK. (2011; abstract)

Esser, P., Dawes, H., Collett, J., Feltham, M.G., Howells, K.. ‘DataGait’ can accurately measure gait parameters in neurological conditions. Annual Meeting of Clinical Movement Analysis Society UK & Ireland. London, UK. (2011; abstract)

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Feltham MG, Howells K. ‘DataGait’ can accurately measure gait parameters in neurological conditions. Conference proceedings (abstract) AGM 2011, 11-12 April

Winward, C, LIFE Group, Supporting community-based exercise in long-term neurological conditions: experience from the Long-term Individual Fitness Enablement (LIFE) project. Clin Rehabil, 2011. 25(7): p. 579-87.

Elsworth C, Winward C, Sackley C, Meek C, Freebody J, Esser P, et al. Supported community exercise in people with long-term neurological conditions: A phase II randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 2011; 25:579 - 587

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Howells K. IMU: Inertial Sensing of Vertical CoM Movement. Journal of Biomechanics 2009;42:1578 - 81.

Esser P, Collett J, Dawes H, Howells K. Inertial Sensing of Centre of Mass using Quaternions. Journal of Sports Science (abstract) 2008:71 - 72.

Nekeman D, Dawes H, Howells K, Hammer D, Collett J, Esser P. The quantification of horse: rider interaction by means of gyroscopes and accelerometers. Journal of Sports Science (abstract) 2008:117 - 18.

Winward C, Esser P, Elsworth C, Dawes H, Sackley C. Physical activity levels in neurological populations. Journal of Sports Science (abstract) 2008:76

Non-peer reviewed publications

Esser P, Dawes H, Collett J, Howells K. Improving the Identification and Treatment of Walking Impairments Through Gait Analysis Using LabVIEW Software: National Instruments, 2010.

Esser P. Inertial Measurements of Centre of Mass in Locomotion. The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Researcher's Bulletin. Oxford, United Kingdom: Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, 2009:4.