Welcome to the NeuroRehabilitation Unit
(NRU). My name is Professor Duncan Turner and I am the Director of the
NRU. Our expertise is in Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation
Sciences. I hope you find the information helpful in choosing to become
involved in our work.
Our vision is to employ state-of-the-art assistive technology to enhance functional movement, sensorimotor skills and brain network integrity following acquired brain injury such as a stroke and during neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Feel free to see how we are achieving our mission and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The main thrust of our work
involves using robotics, sophisticated brain imaging technologies and
theoretical mathematical and neurocomputational modelling. We use this mixture
of engineering and physical science disciplines in translational and clinical research
programmes in healthy subjects and neurological patients within the NRU.
This interdisciplinary approach offers an exciting insight into how clinical interventions may impact on brain anatomy and function. Pivotal to our approaches, is the fact that the brain is capable of a high degree of neuroplasticity throughout healthy ageing and in response to brain dysfunction.
To take advantage of these technologies in answering our questions we:
- Undertake clinical trials with NHS and non-NHS partners in the NIHR Clinical Research Network for the North Thames Region and with partners across the UK.
- Participate as a research hub in the UCL Partners Centre for Neurorehabilitation and perform groundbreaking research with international collaborators.
- Offer knowledge exchange to develop products into clinical use with industry partners.
Feel free to see how we are achieving our mission in different health themes.
The NRU has developed three
main Health Themes for improving quality of life through research and clinical
trials. These are:
- Acquired brain injury such as a Stroke
- Neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease
- Enhancing brain function in natural ageing
Many individuals with neurological deficits can fulfil potential by benefitting from a more integrated use of cutting edge technology involving human-machine interfaces and interactions.
The aim of the NRU is to draw together research expertise from different academic / clinical specialties in neurorehabilitation into an interdisciplinary, ground breaking force for change.
The NRU has expertise in neuroscience, physiology, psychology, bioengineering, mathematics and rehabilitation medicine and works together with partners in the NHS and industry. This synergy significantly speeds up the translation of state-of-the-art design of robotics and virtual reality into deliverable clinical trials and interventions.
The NRU can offer a “Test-Tube” approach to knowledge exchange to exploit new technological developments presently residing in the business and entrepreneurial community.
The NRU has a mission to enhance the quality of life and potential of community members who live with central nervous system injury (CNS) by undertaking clinical trials. Such interventions can be designed for use early after brain injury [e.g. acute and subacute stages of recovery after stroke or traumatic brain injury], once the brain has recovered function somewhat [e.g. in chronic stages of stroke recovery] or in circumstances where the symptoms of brain injury have been present for some time or are progressive [e.g. Parkinson's disease].
Research that counts
Presently, we are also developing research in lower limb function using gait biomechanics and real-world locomotion. We have been developing fully wireless motion and brain imaging (MOBI) systems for studying subjects and patients in complicated urban environments and eventually in their own homes.
The key reviews strongly suggest that the important aspect of therapeutic robotic use is repetition, repetition and repetition and that the devices can be used as “just another piece of gym equipment” whether the gym is in a Stroke Unit or Movement Disorders Clinic of a hospital, in a community Leisure Centre or Neighbourhood Stroke Survivors Club.
We think these novel approaches will offer further benefit in our main health themes in order to improve quality of life to patients with neurological conditions (see publications).
The NRU has several locations where its work is in
Our base is the fully accessible NeuroRehabilitation Unit hosted by the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Stratford Campus, University of East London.
Here is a map of how to get there from Stratford transportation hubs:
Stratford Campus information including directions on getting here:
Stratford Campus Map