Max was awarded MSc. (2005) in Human Movement Science, with a major in Ergonomics from the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As part of his MSc. degree he spent six months at the Human Neurology Unit, University of Queensland, Australia. In 2009 he received a double doctorate in Neural and Visual Control of Human Movement from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom and the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His PhD thesis was entitled "The 'mirror box' illusion: Manipulation of visual information during bimanual coordination in children with and without spastic hemiparetic cerebral palsy".
Max started working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University to investigate the effect of exercise programmes on the cardiovascular system in people with multiple sclerosis and to develop a measurement tool to monitor gait patterns in people with a long-term neurodegenerative disease. Max joined the University of Birmingham in August 2011 in the Rehabilitation Team at Primary Care & Clinical Sciences, where he worked on the OTCH (phase III cluster randomised controlled trial) and FACE TIA (controlled cohort study) trials. He became a Research Manager in Primary Care in June 2013, where he prepared, developed and led on patient recruitment for clinical trials in Primary Care. Furthermore, he supervised two PhD projects investigating constraint induced movement therapy in pre-school children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy and missed opportunities for primary prevention of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and residual impairments after TIA.