Dual-task training for rehabilitation of motor and language function after stroke (Hancock_U17SF)

University of East Anglia
August 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

After stroke, people often live with consequences that include impairments of the language and motor systems. It is known that targeted rehabilitation strategies can be helpful to optimise recovery, but delivering sufficient amounts of therapy to achieve beneficial outcomes is challenging.  One possibility to address this challenge is to provide integrated motor and language training. Preliminary evidence supports the combination of, for example, standing activity to enhance word-finding ability.

This PhD studentship will investigate the effects of dual task training of motor and language activities after stroke; in particular, exploring the neurophysiological mechanisms that might underpin any changes.  Ultimately, then the research will have direct relevance to the real-world provision of rehabilitation for people after stroke.

Precise protocols for research studies will be developed through the supervisors and student working together, and may involve the testing and use of emerging rehabilitation technologies. The research is congruent with our areas of strength in neuroscience and rehabilitation science.

The supervisory team are members of the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Alliance (ABIRA): a multi-disciplinary, international research group along with other colleagues in the UEA. The student will be immersed into ABIRA and expertise available includes: neurophysiology; physiotherapy; movement science; medical statistics; health economics; innovation and technology. The immediate environment also includes: a state-of-the-art movement analysis laboratory (neurophysiology and biomechanics), movement exercise laboratory and industrial collaborations for development of technology. The wider research environment includes: the Norwich Clinical Trials Unit; the NEAT Centre (new and emerging applications of technology); and a personal and professional development programme tailored for individual students. The research training environment is therefore optimised to enhance employability post-PhD.


Candidates should have at least an upper second class, first, or a Masters degree in an area with relevance to the research area for the studentship. This includes, but is not exclusive to: neuroscience, movement science, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. If participants in the studies are NHS patients then the student will require DRB clearance. Registration with a clinical professional body is not essential.

Funding notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

A bench fee may also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.

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