Speakers

Professor Lynn Rochester

Lynn is Professor of Human Movement Science at Newcastle University. She also has a national role in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network as Specialty Cluster Lead with strategic oversight of research delivery across portfolios in ageing, neurodegenerative disease, dementia, genetics and neurological disorders. She also holds an NIHR Senior Investigators award. 

Lynn’s research interests focus on understanding and mitigating mobility loss in ageing and neurodegenerative disease and, conversely, what mobility can tell us about brain health. To deliver these interests Lynn established and leads the Brain and Movement Research Group (BAM) (http://bam-ncl.co.uk/) – comprised of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, clinical scientists and clinical engineers. 

Lynn has a keen interest in digital healthcare and the role of digital technology in management of neurodegenerative disease. Lynn is Co-ordinator of the IMI consortium Mobilise-D aiming to develop and validate digital mobility biomarkers and is a co-investigator in the IMI consortium IDEA-Fast which is developing real-world digital measures for fatigue and sleep disturbance.

Andrew Kerr, PhD

Andy’s primary research interest is the study of human movement. This has been shaped from many years as a physiotherapist; practising, teaching and researching. He is currently working on a number of projects using technology to support and optimise neuro rehabilitation and is particularly interested in the recovery of community mobility.

Ray Finucane

Ray’s objective is to develop techniques leading to better use of Levodopa to manage Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. During his career as a mechanical engineer he conducted a great variety of research and development projects, including a period of seven years in the Arctic constructing large scale structures made of sea-ice. After having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s he used his vast experience to develop PDWatch4U, an app that monitors the symptoms and adjusts the medication accordingly.

Professor Kyle Montague

Kyle is Associate Professor of Computing at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

His research spans a breadth of topics and domains with the unifying vision – to address critical social problems and challenges by designing and configuring digital technologies that empower individuals and marginalised communities. More specifically, his work seeks to democratise access to the tools and processes by which we provision technologies and services that shape society.