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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),
Programme Leader MRes Spinal Pain

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

Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Nicola Heneghan is an expert in musculoskeletal rehabilitation sciences research and postgraduate musculoskeletal/manipulative physiotherapy. Her research is primarily focused to spinal pain and rehabilitation in different populations (trauma, low back and neck pain, athletes etc.) with a specific interest in the thoracic spine pain and dysfunction.  

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

Dr Alessandro Marco De Nunzio

Dr Alessandro Marco De Nunzio

Lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics and Pain
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 has a 14 years’ experience in research and clinics in Sensory-Motor Integration and Motor Rehabilitation. His main interest is Clinical Biomechanics and Pain.

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

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Lecturer in Spinal and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes is an expert in electrophysiology. His research utilizes advanced surface electromyography techniques to study the neuromuscular adjustments behind musculoskeletal disorders, exploring exercise interventions which could potentially improve neuromuscular function. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47253
Email
e.a.martinezvaldes@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 Bernard Liew

Dr Bernard Liew

Research Fellow

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Bernard has a keen interest in applying novel statistical methods and multi-disciplinary (animal neuromechanics, neurological impairments, sports biomechanics) theories into understanding healthy and impaired movement behaviors. He has technical experience with 3D motion capture, multi-segmented foot modelling, Bayesian and waveform statistical inference, as well as developing advance plyometric ...

Email
liewb@bham.ac.uk

Dr Annabel Masson

Dr Annabel Masson

Research Associate

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Annabel Masson is a dual qualified and highly experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and Ergonomist. Having worked extensively in industry, academia and healthcare she has a particular interest in spinal pain, Occupational and Public Health, bariatrics and all aspects of musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation with the emphasis on qualitative and mixed methodologies. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8150
Email
a.e.masson@bham.ac.uk

Nicola Middlebrook

Nicola Middlebrook

Teaching Fellow/Clinical Tutor

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Nicola joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and a Clinical Tutor in physiotherapy. Since starting at the University, Nicola has taught in various modules with a particular interest in evidenced based musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain. Nicola is currently completing a PhD alongside her role which focuses around musculoskeletal trauma, long term pain and outcome. ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3089
Email
n.middlebrook@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.   

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.

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.

Emma Rogers

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Sport Science and Geography

Title of research project: TBC

Emma joined the University of Birmingham in January 2018. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist with experience in Neuro rehabilitation.  Emma is currently completing a full time MRes ‘Spinal Pain’ at the University of Birmingham with a research interest within Spinal Cord Injuries.

 

Ahmed Alalawi

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice

Title of research project: Prognosis following whiplash trauma

Ahmed started his PhD in January 2018.  He is interested in understanding the factors that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic whiplash and how these factors could be modified aiming to establish tailored interventions to those patients.

Tim Noblet

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MSc Orthopaedic/Musculoskeletal Medicine

  • Grad Dip Manual Therapy/MSK Injection Therapy

Title of research project: The use of Independent Physiotherapist Prescribing for Spinal Pain

Tim is a Lecturer and Consultant Neuro-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. From 2014-16 Tim was Quality & Advance/Extended Scope of practice professional advisor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Tim has worked in the UK, NZ and Australia within elite sport, tertiary pain management as well as working as an extended scope practitioner in Orthopaedic, Pain and Spinal clinics.  Tim has a keen interest in spinal pain and neuroscience and has lectured both nationally and internationally about complex musculoskeletal rehabilitation and advanced/extended scope practice. 

Tim is currently on Sabbatical in the UK undertaking his PhD investigating the use of independent medicine prescribing by
physiotherapists. He  is practicing clinically at St George's University Hospitals in London, as part of the physiotherapy and spinal pain teams.