Role Description:
The focus of the research team is to investigate changes in impairments, activities and participation, particularly relating to balance and gait, that occur with age, pathology or that are acquired through injury. Client-centred focus areas of the team include: older adults (healthy, fallers); people with neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis; and adults with musculoskeletal disorders such as hip osteoarthritis or neck pain.
 
Neurology Team Leader:

Professor Sandra Brauer

Gerontology Team Leader:
 
Academic Staff / Postdoctoral Researchers:
 
Research Assistants:
Physiotherapy Clinicians:
 
Research Higher Degree Candidates:
Candidate Degree Supervisor/s Project Title/Description
Katrina Williams PhD Prof Sandra Brauer, Prof Nancy Low Choy (ACU) Sensory and vestibular symptoms in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their impact on function. 

June Quek

PhD Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Julia Treleavan, Dr Ross Clark (USC) The influence of neck pain on postural control in older adults. This project aims to investigate the mechanisms underlying neck-pain related.
Ingrid Rosbergen PhD Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Kate Hayward (UBC), Dr Rohan Grimley

Effect of an enriched environment on activity levels in people with stroke in an Acute Stroke Unit.

Jill Boughen PhD

Associate Prof Venerina Johnston, Dr Asad Khan, Dr Jenny Nitz

Can the start position of the Centre of Gravity be used to reflect the mean position of the Centre of Gravity in standing balance tests? Does this change with age and under different test conditions?
Heather Batten PhD

Prof Suzanne Kuys (ACU), Dr Allison Mandrusiak,  Dr Steven McPhail (QUT)

Functional Outcomes of Lower Limb Amputees.
Erin Caruana MPhil

Prof Sandra Brauer, Prof Suzanne Kuys (ACU), Jane Clarke (ACU)

Investigating the impact a Saturday rehabilitation physiotherapy service has on patient outcomes and length of stay.
Christopher MacKay PhD

Prof Sandra Brauer, Prof Suzanne Kuys (ACU), Prof Stephan Riek

The effect of aerobic exercise on neurotrophic factors, motor and cognitive function in people with stroke.
Alexandra Picorelli PhD

Dr Anna Hatton, Dr Michelle Smith

Understanding lateral reactive balance control mechanisms in older adults with hip osteoarthritis.
Elise Gane PhD

Dr Shaun O’Leary, Dr Steven McPhail, Dr Anna Hatton, Associate Prof Ben Panizza

Identifying risk factors for shoulder and neck problems (dysfunction) following surgery (neck dissection) for head and neck cancer.
Research Projects:

Neurology:

Project Title Funding Investigators Contact
IMPACT – Improving Physical Activity after Stroke NHMRC Project grant, OHMRC, QH

Prof Sandra Brauer, Prof Louise Ada, Prof Suzanne Kuys, Dr Jenny Paratz

For enquiries: Katrina Kemp (07) 3176 2405 k.kemp@uq.edu.au or Sandra Brauer s.brauer@uq.edu.au

Improving postural stability and reducing falls risk in people with Parkinson's disease using textured insoles: A randomised controlled trial

NHMRC project grant

Prof Graham Kerr, Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Anna Hatton, Prof Ewald Hennig 

Research participants wanted! Contact Anna Hatton a.hatton1@uq.edu.au

SMART Arm: A non-robotic device to improve arm function after stroke

NHMRC Project grant

Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Ruth Barker, Dr Richard Carson, Dr Kate Hayward, Dr David Lloyd

For enquiries: see website – smartarm.com.au 
The effects of prolonged wear of textured shoe insoles on walking in people with Multiple Sclerosis MS Research Australia

Dr Anna Hatton, Prof Sandra Brauer, Katrina Williams 

Research participants wanted! Contact Anna Hatton a.hatton1@uq.edu.au
The long-term effects of textured shoe insoles on balance, walking ability and function in people with Multiple Sclerosis MS Society (UK)

Prof John Dixon, Dr Anna Hatton, Ass/Prof Patrick McKeon, Ms Rosie Warnett, Prof Keith Rome, Prof Denis Martin

For enquiries: Anna Hatton a.hatton1@uq.edu.au
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease  

Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Robyn Lamont, Prof Graham Kerr, A/Prof Gene Moyle, Erica-Rose Jeffrey

For enquiries: Katrina Kemp (07) 3176 2405 k.kemp@uq.edu.au or r.lamont@uq.edu.au

Remote monitoring in people with Parkinson’s Disease Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation

Dr Robyn Lamont, Prof Sandra Brauer, Dr Jackie Liddle, Prof Peter Silburn 

Research participants wanted! Contact Robyn Lamont r.lamont@uq.edu.au
Sensory system function in people with Multiple Sclerosis  

Katrina Williams, Jess Riggall, Prof Sandra Brauer, Prof Nancy Low Choy

For enquires: Katrina Williams k.williams2@uq.edu.au 

Ph: 0407 550 930

Activity of community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis  

Katrina Williams, Prof Trevor Russell

For enquires: Katrina Williams k.williams2@uq.edu.au

Ph: 0407 550 930
Community exercise groups in people with Multiple Sclerosis   

Katrina Williams, Dr Anna Hatton

For enquires: Katrina Williams k.williams2@uq.edu.au

Ph: 0407 550 930
SCAT3 and Dynamic Visual Acuity in elite combat sports participants   

Katrina Williams, Yaheli Bet-Or, Prof Bill Vicenzino

For enquires: Katrina Williams k.williams2@uq.edu.au

Ph: 0407 550 930
Unilateral Vestibular loss measures   

Katrina Williams, Dr Julia Treleavan

For enquires: Katrina Williams k.williams2@uq.edu.au

Ph: 0407 550 930
ICARE, a tool to increase step completion in community dwelling people with neurological conditions  

Katrina Williams, Rebecca Wilding, Sabina Rico

Completed
Pilot study: How active are people with Multiple Sclerosis when participating in community exercise groups  

Katrina Williams, Prof Trevor Russell

Completed
Participation in independent exercise during primary rehabilitation in individuals with newly acquired spinal cord injuries   Susan Stoikov, Tiffany Goss, Gabrielle Ferguson, Joshua Simmons, Dr Adam Semciw Susan.Stoikov@health.qld.gov.au
MINDFIT for MS: Smartwatch training to improve prospective memory and reduce fatigue in people with Multiple Sclerosis HABS Collaborative Research Seeding Grant (UQ)

Dr Hannah Gullo, Prof Jenny Fleming, Dr Anna Hatton, Dr Sean Tweedy, Prof Keith Pakenham

For enquiries: Anna Hatton a.hatton1@uq.edu.au
Gerontology:
Project Title Funding Investigators Contact
Understanding Lateral Reactive Balance control mechanisms in older adults with hip osteoarthritis PAH Research Foundation

Dr Anna Hatton, Dr Michelle Smith, Alexandra Picorelli

For enquires: Alexandra Picorelli

alexandra.picorelli@uqconnect.edu.au

Data Collection commencing in 2016
Femoroacetabular impingement and early arthritis NHMRC project grant (La Trobe University), Queensland orthopedic physiotherapy network (QOPN); UQ early career research grant

Prof Kay Crossley, Dr Adam Semciw, Prof Paul Hodges, Prof Bill Vicenzino, Dr Joanne Kemp, Dr Anthony Schache

For enquires: Dr Adam Semciw a.semciw@uq.edu.au
Functional outcomes of lower limb amputees 2013 ISPO ANMS Research Grant, QH HP Grant 

Healther Batten, Dr Allison Mandrusiak, Prof Suzanne Kuys, A/Prof Steven McPhail, Dr Paul Varghese

For enquires: Heather Batten heather.batten@health.qld.gov.au
Deep hip muscle function in health and disease UQ early career research grant

Dr Adam Semciw, Dr Kylie Tucker, Prof Paul Hodges

For enquires: Dr Adam Semciw a.semciw@uq.edu.au
Lower limb kinematics and muscle control after lateral ankle sprains HABS-MABS Research Collaboration Seeding Grant (UQ)

Dr Michelle Smith, Dr Kylie Tucker, Dr Anna Hatton, Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou

Completed

 

Media Comment:

  • SMART Arm: featured on Catalyst June 16, 2013: View video here
  • Dance for Parkinson’s
  • Textured shoe insoles a ‘positive’ step. DPS News, Caring & Carers [Online], 4th April 2014
  • Textured insoles could be a positive step for people with MS. UQ News [Online], The University of Queensland, 2nd April 2014
  • Falls in the elderly. 4BC Radio (1116AM, Brisbane, Australia) Health and Well-Being Show with John Scott, 17th March 2013
  • How to keep your feet. The Northern Echo (Northern Edition) 14 October 2009
  • Researchers focus on falls suffered by older people. Business Quarterly: (Special Report Autumn 2009) Ageing and Vitality
  • Insole solution for falls by elderly investigated. Assistive Technologies Dec 2009/Jan 2010

 

Honorary Appointments:

Dr Jenny Nitz, formerly of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Dr Kate Hayward, Brain Behaviour Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada
 

Adjunct UQ Appointments:

Mr Paul Bew, Brighton Rehabilitation Unit, Brighton, Qld
Dr Stephanie Fu, Bluecare
 

International Collaborators

Professor Richard Carson, School of Psychology & Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Dr Kathy Ruddy, School of Psychology & Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Dr Kate Hayward, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor Marjorie Woollacott, University of Oregon, Eugene OR, USA
Professor Fay Horak, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR USA
Professor Keith Rome, School of Rehabilitation & Occupation Studies, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Professor John Dixon, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, UK
Professor Denis Martin, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, UK
Ass/Prof Patrick McKeon, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College, NY, USA
Professor Ewald Hennig, University of Dusseberg-Essen, Germany
Professor François Hug, University of Nantes, France
Dr Joanne Paton, School of Health Professions, Plymouth University, UK
 

National Collaborators

Professor Louise Ada, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney
Professor Nancy Low Choy, School of Physiotherapy Australian Catholic University
Professor Suzanne Kuys, School of Physiotherapy Australian Catholic University
Professor Meg Morris, School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
Professor Keith Hill, Latrobe University / National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Australia
Professor Graham Kerr, School of Human Movement Studies, QUT
Professor Terry Haines, Southern Physiotherapy Clinical School, Monash University
Professor Stephen Lord, Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney
Professor Hylton Menz, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Professor Kay Crossley, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Professor Keith Davids, School of Human Movement Studies, QUT
Professor Helen Chenery, Bond University
A/Prof Gene Moyle, School of Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts, Dance, QUT
A/Prof Ruth Barker, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehab Sci, James Cook University
A/Prof Anna Barker, School of Population Health, Monash University
A/Prof Jenny Paratz, Griffith University
A/Prof Steven McPhail- QUT
Dr David Ireland, Australian E-Health Research Centre, CSIRO
Dr Mohan Karunanithi, Australian E-Health Research Centre, CSIRO
Dr Paul Varghese, Director GARU, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
Dr Siobhan Schabrun, University of Western Sydney
Dr Ross Clarke, Australian Catholic University
Dr Tracy Comans, School of Population Health, Griffith University
Dr Rohan Grimley, Director Acute Stroke Unit Nambour Hospital, Metro North Hospital Health Service
Mr Simon McBride, Australian E-Health Research Centre, CSIRO
Jane Clarke, Department of Physiotherapy, St Andrews Hospital
Erica Rose Jeffrey
Ms Rebecca Wilding
Ms Sabina Rico 
 

The University of Queensland

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Collaborators:

Professor Paul Hodges - Physiotherapy
Professor Deb Theodoros - Speech Pathology
Professor Bill Vicenzino – Physiotherapy
Professor Jenny Fleming - Occupational Therapy
A/Prof Louise Gustafsson - Occupational Therapy
Dr Julia Treleaven - Physiotherapy
Dr Michelle Smith - Physiotherapy
Prof Linda Worrall - Speech Pathology
Dr Hannah Gullo - Occupational Therapy 
A/Prof Venerina Johnstone – Physiotherapy
Dr Asad Khan – School Statistician
Dr Shaun O’Leary- Physiotherapy
Mr Yaheli Bah-Physiotherapy
 

Inter-School/Faculty Collaborators:

Professor Stephan Riek, School of Human Movement Studies
Professor Andy Cresswell, School of Human Movement Studies
Professor Peter Silburn, Asia Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation
Professor Stephan Riek, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Professor Kenneth Pakenham, School of Psychology
A/Prof Ben Panizza, School of Medicine
Dr Tim Carroll, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Dr Welber Marinovic, School of Psychology
Dr Jacki Liddle, Asia Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation
Mr Peter Poortvliet, Asia Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation
Dr Geeske Peters, School of Human Movement Studies
Dr Tina Skinner, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Dr Sean Tweedy, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Dr David Lloyd, Queensland Brain Institute
Dr Kylie Tucker, School of Biomedical Sciences