Wednesday 6 September 2017

Newcastle hosts global training event on movement disorders

Lynn Rochester, Professor of Human Movement Science at Newcastle University is to host the Physiotherapy Summer School as part of her role with International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society.

The training event, aims to provide qualified physiotherapists with the skills to specialise in treating patients with Parkinson’s or atypical Parkinsonism.

Professor Rochester’s research expertise in movement science and Parkinson’s is closely linked with the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre’s theme of Dementia. Our Dementia research theme examines the causes, therapies and potential cures of dementia caused by Lewy Body disease (LDB), as well as Parkinson’s, and cases in which Parkinson’s leads to dementia (PDD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (LBD).

She comments; “The experience we have gained in this area at Newcastle University is ideal for the further training of healthcare professionals across the globe.

As our population ages, we will see a growing number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and associated conditions stemming from this such as PDD and LBD. It is therefore increasingly important to ensure healthcare professionals around the world are equipped with the skills needed to care for individuals living with these conditions”.

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is also committed to providing training for PhD students and NMAHPs through a dedicated programme of events designed to equip the healthcare professional of the future with knowledge on translational research skills within our core research theme areas.

Professor Avan Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre comments on this: “As well as collaborating with industry and working directly with patients and members of the public in order to advance research in our core areas, we host a robust programme to ensure that we support our students through the training needed to take research directly into a healthcare setting.

This doesn’t just involve our PhD students and researchers, but also those working in roles that are patient facing within Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals right now.

With this event, we’re delighted that Professor Rochester’s research expertise is going even further, with a remit spanning countries all over the world, including as far ash Chile and Brazil”.

This event has now reached capacity, but to stay in touch with all events organised by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, please visit their website

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