Speaker biographies

NIHR CLAHRC National Conference: for early-mid postdoc research careers in allied health professions 

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Thank you to all who’ve registered for next month’s research careers event in collaboration with CLAHRC South London, 11 May 2017 in Euston. We are now fully booked: click here for more information or to be added to the waiting list: Eventbrite

If you are no longer able to attend please contact catherine.elliott@kcl.ac.uk so we can free up your space. 

With the event over a little over a month away please see below for detailed biographies of our leading AHP speakers from the areas of nutrition, dietetics, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, music therapy and podiatry: 


Ashley Adamson

Professor Ashley Adamson is a Dietitian and an NIHR Research Professor. She is the Director of Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and, with effect from April 2017, the National Director for the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Ashley is a Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Newcastle University and leads a research team in Public Health Nutrition Research in the Human Nutrition Research Centre, and the Public Health Improvement theme in the Institute of Health & Society.  Ashley’s work seeks to understand the complex relationships between the food environment, food choice, nutrient intake, physical activity, individual and socio-demographic characteristics and health outcomes with a particular focus on prevention of obesity.

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Lisa RobertsLisa Roberts is an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Consultant Physiotherapist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.  Alongside her clinics in the NHS, back in 2004, she set up a secondment to the Trust to support physiotherapists with audits, service evaluations, improvement initiatives and research activities.  This role continues to expand and Lisa now leads the clinical effectiveness agenda for eight allied health and healthcare science professions.  She also has a strategy role within the Trust that has included leading the implementation of a hugely popular self-referral scheme for Trust staff to access musculoskeletal physiotherapy services.

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Pip LoganPip Logan is a Professor of Rehabilitation Research at the University of Nottingham and holds a NIHR Senior Clinical Academic Award. She works clinically as an occupational therapist in the community with stroke and older people and provides clinical input to health care of the elderly wards in an Acute Hospital. Her main research interests are stroke, community rehabilitation, older people, falls, primary care and social care. She has completed numerous randomised controlled trials, presents her work internationally and reviews grants for major national funding bodies. She completed an MPhil PhD at the University of Nottingham and has been awarded a number of NIHR and Charity fellowships to complete research training alongside her clinical career. She is the Head of the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing and the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training Rehabilitation and Health Care Research.

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Catherine SackleyProfessor Cath Sackley is Head of Physiotherapy, Professor of Rehabilitation and Deputy Head of Division in Health and Social Care Research in the Faculty of Life Science and Medicine at King’s College London. She is a NIHR Senior Investigator and trialist who specialises in the evaluation of complex and behavioural interventions.  Her research focuses on the problems experienced by older people and people with stroke and neurological disease living in the community. Her team works closely with older people and her work has informed clinical practice, particularly for the residents of care homes. It covers common daily problems such as incontinence, difficulties with mobility and other activities of daily living. The group has supported research capacity development within the NHS and Cath has supervised over twenty five training awards for Allied Health Professionals.

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Catherine BProfessor Catherine qualified as a podiatrist in 1987, then working within the UK NHS as a podiatrist specialising in rheumatology before entering academia in 1996. Since that time she has led the advancement of imaging techniques applied to the foot and ankle and has made a significant contribution to the development of research in the podiatry profession over the past decade. In 2014 in recognition of this work, she received a prestigious meritorious award from the UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Throughout her career, Catherine has also championed the growth of new promising graduate allied health and nurse clinicians to develop research capacity and clinical academic careers through leadership of various internship schemes and NIHR MRes, PhD and post-doctoral awards. As Chair of her Faculty’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity committee, she is an avid supporter of the advancement of women’s careers in science through the Athena SWAN (women’s science academic network) charter.

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JulianA Senior Research Fellow. Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, East London NHS Trust, Honorary Research Fellow, Queen Mary University and Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Julian O’Kelly has worked in neuro-rehabilitation, palliative care and mental health as a music therapy clinician, manager, educationalist and researcher. He is currently trial co-ordinator for ‘SYNCHRONY’ a major NIHR funded study to develop music therapy in the community for those with chronic depression in East London. He is an expert panel member in acquired brain injury for the NHS National Clinical Expert Database, advisory board member for leading Arts Therapy provider Chroma, and one of the founding members of the ‘International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium’ (IMTAC) which supports the development of music therapy assessment tools. Julian regularly presents at international symposia and conferences and has published 43 peer-reviewed papers on music therapy research and practice, including a recent contribution on the neuroscience of music therapy for Melbourne University’s MOOC ‘How Music Can Change Your Life’ (https://www.coursera.org/learn/music-life).

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MarionMarion Walker MBE is a Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham.  She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has played a leading role in developing a research culture within her own profession. She has served as Chair (UK Stroke Forum, Stroke Association Strategic Research Board), President of learned societies (UK Society for Rehabilitation Research) and Associate Director for Rehabilitation and Portfolio Development of the UK Stroke Research Network (2005-2015).

Marion has a strong research portfolio covering a wide area of local, national and international research projects. Marion is a strong advocate of patient partnership and has co-chaired the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group for 10 years. Marion is also passionate about equality for women in STEM subjects and leads the Women in Nottingham (WIN) agenda (previously WinSET Women in Science Engineering and Technology) at the University of Nottingham. Marion is a Trustee of the Stroke Association. Marion was elected to the University of Nottingham Senate in October 2016.

She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours list 2012 for her service to stroke rehabilitation and stroke survivors. Marion is an international advisor for stroke and stroke rehabilitation research in Sweden, Norway and Australia and holds honorary professorial positions at the University of Sydney, University of Gothenburg and the University of Queensland.

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Dr Rebecca Palrebecca palmer_picmer is a speech and language therapist specialising in stroke. She has 16 years of experience working in the field of stroke rehabilitation, working both in research and clinically in stroke care. Rebecca gained a PhD in the treatment of dysarthria using speech recognition technology from the University of Sheffield in 2005. From 2005 to 2010 I worked as a specialist SLT on the stroke unit at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She now coordinates the rehabilitation and community trials for the Trent NIHR Stroke Research Network from 2007 to 2013, gaining experience in clinical trial delivery.

As part of my HEFCE-NIHR Senior Academic Clinical Lectureship, her focus is on applied clinical research. She is a chief investigator of the Big CACTUS trial investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of aphasia computer treatment versus usual stimulation or attention control long term post stroke. This study is a multicentre randomised controlled trial taking place in 21 NHS trusts across the UK. Rebecca also investigates ways of implementing computer supported speech and language therapy tested in research, in clinical practice.





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