Researcher profiles

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Eman Abu Seer

Eman was awarded an MSc (2011) in Infection Prevention and Control from Oxford Brookes University. Immediately after, she attended the Movement Science group to start her PhD research. Her PhD research specifically will explore the novel and established inflammatory cytokines concentrations alongside physical activity levels in people with Multiple Sclerosis. This project will develop techniques and methods for exosome extraction from human samples, including Bradford assay, Flowcytometery and ELISA assay.

Bea Bathe, PhD student

Bea is investigating horse gait; looking at new ways of quantifying and analysing, both healthy and pathological equine movement. Working in collaboration with Hartpury college, the first phase of Bea's PhD will involve validating Datagait for use in quadrupeds. This research aims to explore possibilities of a convenient, accurate gait analysis, with a greater field validity than others before them.

Thamar Bovendeerdt

Thamar completed his PhD, entitled ‘Motor Imagery in Neurological Rehabilitation’ with the Movement Science Group in 2009. Currently he is a lecturer at Maastricht University at the Department of Human Movement Science in the Netherlands and a researcher at Adelante rehabilitation centre. He collaborates with the Movement Science group at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford Centre for Enablement. His main interests are in translational research in neurological rehabilitation of people after stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and with Parkinson’s disease. He investigates complex interventions (such as motor imagery, brain stimulation) and combines a variety of investigative techniques on a functional (such as goal attainment scaling) and fundamental level (such as TMS, NIRS).

Rudi Coetzer, Visiting Research Fellow

Rudi works full-time as a clinician in the NHS Wales, where he is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and Head of Service with the North Wales Brain Injury Service. Rudi’s clinical work concerns the assessment and neuropsychological rehabilitation of persons with acquired brain injury. His research interests stem from clinical practice.

Dr Jonathan Collett, Research Fellow

Johnny completed his PhD, entitled ‘Evaluation of gait economy using centre of mass displacement in healthy individuals and individuals with stroke’ with the movement science group in 2007. He has continued to work in the group as a postdoctoral researcher on a trial investigating exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Loretta Davies

Loretta qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Salford in 2003 and completed an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology from Bangor University in 2009. She assists with the day to day running of research projects relating to rehabilitation, physiotherapy and exercise and neurological conditions.

Professor Helen Dawes

Helen Dawes, Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair, leads the Movement Science Group based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Helen initially trained and practiced as a physiotherapist specializing in sport physiotherapy and working in the UK and New Zealand, prior to undertaking postgraduate training in exercise science and neuroscience. Helen then embarked on a PhD exploring exercise for people with neurological conditions. She has since then focused on optimizing performance of everyday activities through rehabilitation and on enabling physically active lifestyles in adults and children with disorders affecting movement such as: stroke, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

Her research requires cross-disciplinary collaborations. In order to ensure that the research addresses important issues affecting people’s lives, all research activities are guided and monitored by User Steering Groups (adult and children). Her activities include research, teaching and the provision of a Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation in the community. Her research spans from exploring underlying mechanisms affecting performance through to service delivery of subsequently developed interventions and tools.

Dr. Anne Delextrat

Dr. Anne Delextrat graduated from the university of South-Toulon in France, where she obtained her PhD on the energy cost of locomotion during multidisciplinary events (applied to triathlon). She has been involved in physiological testing of endurance athletes in the National Institute of Sport (INSEP) in Paris, and was the lead exercise physiologist of the Fitness Assessment Service at London Metropolitan University from 2010 to 2012. She has worked in the UK for 8 years, and started at Brookes in September 2012. Her current research focuses on injury prevention in female team sport players, fatigue mechanisms and recovery interventions and walking efficiency in overweight children and teenagers. She works in collaboration with several European universities, including the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France), University of Vic-Barcelona and University of the Basque Country (Spain), and Ege University (Turkey). She is also a Sport Therapist and works on injury prevention, rehabilitation and return to play with various athletes.

Dr Charlotte Elsworth, Researcher

Charlotte studied at Undergrduate and PhD level at Oxford Brookes. Her PhD investigated Physical activity, movement and community mobility in individuals with Neurological disorders, specifically Multiple Sclerosis. Charlotte is currently based at La Clinique du Sport in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France where she is able to continue her into work as a visiting researcher with the Movement Science Group. Research interests include control and measurement of movement, gait analysis in individuals with pathological gait, use of electromyography and biomechanical methods to assess movement patterning and timing.

Dr Patrick Esser, Post Doctoral Researcher

Patrick completed his PhD, entitled “The use of inertial measurements for determination of gait temporospatial measurements” with the movement science group in 2011. He has continued work in the group as a postdoctoral researcher working on various biomechanical projects related to gait in various (non-) neurological conditions.

Jan Fischer, Early Career Fellow in Public Health

Jan's research looks at the activity and exercise patterns of problem drug users and their implications through both quantitative and qualitative methods. He is currently involved in a feasibility study gathering quantitative data on physical activity levels among problem drug users in prison. He is also interested in other aspects of substance use and misuse, including the users' everyday health, their socio-economic status, and the politics of drug control. This is part of a wider research agenda on everyday practices, social exclusion, policy and regulation, social sustainability and medical sociology.

Marloes Franssen, PhD student

Marloes was awarded a MSc (2010) in Movement Sciences from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. As part of her MSc project she spent 3 months at Oxford Brookes University with Dr. Max Feltham working on a project concerning mirror therapy. In 2011 she obtained funding from NIHR to start a PhD at the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University.

During the PhD she will investigate longer-term exercise interventions in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Dido Green, Reader in Rehabilitation

Dido qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1990 and obtained an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from University of Surrey, with a clinical specialization in paediatric neurosciences and neurodisability. She completed a PhD at the University of Leeds studying the influence of subtypes of movement disorders on response to treatment. Research interests focus on translational medicine with extensive international multi-disciplinary collaborations supporting research into understanding the neuroplasticity of motor learning, including use of 3-D motion analysis and advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging in order to optimise rehabilitation. She is a recipient of a number of grants exploring clinical applications of science, particularly those focusing on the delivery of intervention programmes such as the CO-OP approach for children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, ‘Magic’ Hand-Arm Intensive Bimanual Therapy programmes for children with hemiplegia and applications of Virtual Rehabilitation technologies in rehabilitation. Dido joined Oxford Brookes University in 2012 and will be developing research on neuroplasticity and functional behaviours for identification of factors contributing to outcome and the predictive modeling of response to treatment.

Ken Howells

Ken manages our Movement Science Research Group and is our expert in muscle and biomechanics. He has extensive expertise in course development and PhD supervision.

Wala’ Mahmoud

I have finished my BSc in physiotherapy from the University of Jordan, have worked as a physio with orthopedic and neurological patients and I came to Oxford Brookes and joined the movement science group to study the motor control of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease and compare it with normal population and older adults. I am now undertaking my Master in Research

Andy Meaney

I manage the Kids CLEAR club and have a PhD in exercise and Multiple Sclerosis I am currently running the exercise training of Parkinson’s disease trial.

Daan Meester

I have completed a BSc in Health Sciences and a MSc in Movement Science at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. My research focuses on neuroimaging during walking to study how human locomotion is controlled. After I graduated in 2011 I worked at Oxford Brookes University for 5 months as a postgraduate researcher and part time lab technician and investigated cortical and peripheral control mechanisms during dual task treadmill walking. I have started with a PhD exploring the effects of dual task treadmill training on walking ability of stroke patients in September 2012.

Dr Martyn Morris, Senior lecturer in Sport Coaching

After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at the University of Brighton, I joined Oxford Brookes University in 2001. During my time here I studied part time for a PhD focusing on the effects of exercise intensity on muscle performance using a novel electrical stimulation technique. I am also part of the teaching team on the Sports Coaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Tom O’Leary

I joined Oxford Brookes University in September 2012 to undertake a PhD. My research focuses on central fatigue during endurance exercise and how these central factors relate to exercise performance. This includes investigating and manipulating a number of physiological and perceptual responses to exercise to determine the limiting factors to performance and how they respond to training. I have an MSc (with distinction) in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. I also have a first class BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from the University of Portsmouth, during which I was awarded the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year Award.

Bryony Sheridan, PhD student

Bryony is studying for a PhD in neuroimaging and rehabilitation science, and is part-time technician for the Movement Science lab (quarter of the working week). She completed her MSc in Sports Biomechanics (Loughborough University 2011) and BSc in Human Biology and Sports Science (Oxford Brookes University 2010).

Dax Steins, PhD student

Dax is writing a PhD in Movement Science at Oxford Brookes University. He obtained his BSc in Biomedical Technology at University Zuyd, Netherlands. His dissertation research focuses on the development of linear and non-linear approaches to measuring and analyzing movement using mobile devices both in clinical and home environments. Other related research interests include biomechanical methods, exercise performance enhancement, and near-infrared spectroscopy.

Derick Wade

Professor Wade has extensive experience and expertise in several clinical areas including head injury rehabilitation, management of multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, assessment of patients in the Permanent Vegetative State and the management of patients who have disability without any underlying disease.
His research activities cover a wide area – he has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals on many different studies including randomised controlled trials, studies on many measures of outcome, investigation of specific phenomena such as hysteria, and studies on the natural history of illness in disabling neurological conditions.
Professor Wade is involved in other academic activities – he supervises and examines higher degrees. He also writes books and chapters on many aspects of disabling neurological disease.
Since 1994 he has edited the specialist journal, Clinical Rehabilitation and is regularly invited to give lectures world-wide.

Elham Zareh, Researcher

After graduating as MD (Doctor of Medicine) from Azad-Tehran University, Iran in 2004, she worked for several months in A& E at different hospitals such as trauma centres, to get experience. Since 2007 she attended Oxford Brookes University to start research at the Movement Sciences Group. Her research interests include the long term effect of a focal chronic stroke on the structure of cortical and sub cortical regions of brain. She is working on structural brain images (MRI scan), which requires knowledge of software such as FSL (fmrib software library) and Freesurfer.


Professor Helen Dawes
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