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Professor Deborah Falla

Professor Deborah Falla

Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy
Director and Research Co-Lead, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor Falla is an expert in rehabilitation science and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her research utilises state of the art electrophysiological measures to evaluate the control of human movement and how it is affected or adapted in response to various states including pain, injury, fatigue and training. Her research interests also include optimising the management of musculoskeletal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47253
Email
d.falla@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alison Rushton

Dr Alison Rushton

Reader in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences,
Deputy Director and Research Co-Lead, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine),
School Lead for Postgraduate Taught programmes, Programme Leader MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) programmes

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Alison is Deputy Director and Research Co-Lead of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine). CPR Spine was established at the University of Birmingham in 2016 following a ~£1M investment awarded to Professor Falla and Dr Rushton. The aim of the Centre is to identify personalised management approaches for spinal pain taking into consideration the multidimensional ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8597
Email
a.b.rushton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicola R Heneghan

Dr Nicola R Heneghan

Lecturer, Researcher in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences,
Programme Leader MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, Independent Prescribing Lead (HCPC)
Education Lead, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Nicola’s research is at the forefront of enhancing our understanding of the assessment and management of musculoskeletal and spinal pain disorders to inform precision rehabilitation. Within the School we are developing and validating new assessment protocols which offer new opportunities to objectively characterise the presentation of patients presenting with musculoskeletal pain of spinal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8367
Email
n.heneghan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alessandro Marco De Nunzio

Dr Alessandro Marco De Nunzio

Senior Research Fellow
Innovation Lead, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr De Nunzio is a leading expert in the field of Human Motion Analysis and Motor Outcome evaluation.

He finished his Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the age of 23 and at 25 he was already a Postdoc researcher under the supervision of Prof. Marco Schieppati, one of the most famous Neuroscientist in the world. He has a 14 years’ experience in research and clinics in Sensory-Motor ...

Email
a.m.denunzio@bham.ac.uk

Dr David W Evans

Dr David W Evans

Research Fellow

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr David Evans is a clinician and an expert in musculoskeletal pain. His research interests are broad, but are centred around better understanding pain, with a view to matching the right treatment to the right patients at the right time.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4158187
Email
d.w.evans@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Research Fellow

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Eduardo Martinez-Valdes is an expert in neuromuscular exercise physiology. His research utilises advanced surface electromyography techniques to monitor changes in motor unit behaviour in response to training, muscle fatigue and experimentally induced pain.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47253
Email
e.a.martinezvaldes@bham.ac.uk

Current students

Matthew Willett

Qualifications:

  • BPHTY,
  • MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, MACP,
  • MCSP

Title of research project: Effectiveness of a behavioural physiotherapy intervention for the management of lower limb osteoarthritis

Matthew qualified in 2002 and has worked extensively in New Zealand, Australia and England. He combines his research and teaching with clinical work as an extended scope musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Matthew’s primary research interests include the neurophysiological and psychosocial aspects of spinal and chronic pain syndromes and the delivery of interventions that optimise patient’s physical activity behaviours.   

Carlos Murillo

Qualifications:

  • Master in Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy

Title of research project: Investigating the variability of muscular activity distribution and muscular stiffness in NSLBP patients, when compare it with healthy controls

Carlos started the MRes Exercise and Sport Sciences at CPR Spine in 2017 after three years of working as physiotherapist in the clinical practice with experience especially in musculoskeletal disorders. His particular interests are spinal pain, neuromuscular adaptations to pain, Manual Therapy and therapeutic exercise.

Latifah Alazmi

Qualifications:

  • BSc physiotherapy,
  • MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice.

Title of research project: Left/right judgment tasks of the trunk in people with low back pain.

Latifah started her PhD after completion her MSc at the University of Birmingham in 2014. Her research interests stem from the desire to investigate mechanisms underpinning the trunk Left/right judgment tasks performance. 

Nicola Middlebrook

Qualifications:

  • BSc Sport & Exercise Science,
  • MSc (Pre-Reg.) Physiotherapy,
  • MCSP

Title of research project: Enhanced management of acute post-traumatic pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability.

Nicola is an experienced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She qualified as a Physiotherapist in January 2009 from the University of Birmingham and focused her clinical time to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy both within the NHS and privately. Clinical interests include spinal pain, the shoulder and identifying and preventing development of long term pain.

Andy Sanderson

Qualifications:

  • BSc Anatomical Sciences

Title of research project: Individual variation in movement and muscular behaviour in reference to Low Back Pain

Andy joined CPR Spine in 2017 following completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Dundee. His research interest builds on his knowledge of anatomical variation, by looking changes in muscle behaviour and linking this to variation in movement strategy.

Pauline Kuithan

Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. Sports Physiotherapy,
  • Master of Manual Therapy

Title of research project: Personalised rehabilitation for spinal pain

Pauline commenced her PhD at CPR Spine in 2017 after three years of teaching at SRH University Heidelberg. She provides clinical expertise in musculoskeletal disorders and sports physiotherapy. Her special interest is in quantitative sensory testing, spinal pain and bridging the theory practice gap.

Feras Alsultan

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physical Therapy, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science (MSRS), Concordia University Wisconsin, United States of America

Title of research project:  Investigating the variability of changes in movement and muscle behaviour in people with neck pain disorders

Feras earned his BSc in Physical Therapy in 2010.  In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship to continue his higher education abroad. His MSRS programme at Concordia University Wisconsin, completed in 2015, covered advanced rehabilitation techniques and physical therapy research. He is a lecturer at Qassim University in Saudi Arabia.

Molly Browne

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy

Title of research project: An Investigation of the association between sedentary behaviours and thoracic spine musculoskeletal health in older adults: a pilot feasibility observational study.

Molly is a trained Physiotherapist who completed her BSc in 2014. Restrictions to physiotherapy practice due to a lack of existing research directing policy and protocol exist, and has driven her interest in musculoskeletal health promotion. Molly is currently completing a full-time MRes.

Louise Fawcett

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Manipulative Physiotherapy, MACP

Title of research project: Does position affect lumbar spine MRI findings in elite gymnasts? Informing a second embedded clinical study to correlate history and clinical findings with imaging findings

Louise is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 19 years’ experience working in elite sport. Louise started her PhD in October 2016 due to her clinical interest in spinal pain and improving the long term healthcare of athletes.