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Dr Lisa Bunn
Associate Head of School (Postgraduate Study)
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Vision and human movement
- Rare conditions
- Movement disorders
- Clinical trials of rehabilitation
- Research ethics
- Clinical academic careers
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Associate Head of School for Postgraduate Study. Doctoral college coordinator for the School of Health Professions. Programme Lead of the Masters of Clinical Research and Chair of the Taught Masters Ethics and Integrity Committee, Faculty of Health. HCPC registered Physiotherapist.
Lisa's neurological rehabilitation research first explores pathophysiology,
to guide targeted therapies,
and then evaluate novel therapeutic design through clinical trial
"Lab to living room"
Lisa strategically leads postgraduate education and research in the School of Health Professions. Lisa teaches mainly on postgraduate programmes, such as the Masters of Clinical Research and Masters in Advanced Practice as well as by invitation externally. Lisa has supervised a number of PhD and MSc students to completion and has extensively mentored allied health professionals in practice. Lisa module leads core postgraduate inter-professional research modules offered across the MClinRes and Advanced Professional Practice Masters in the Faculty of Health.
In her clinical career Lisa has worked in the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH), at the Regional Trauma Centre and Regional Paediatric Neuro-rehabilitation Centre at North Bristol NHS Trust and Stoke Mandeville's National Spinal Injuries Centre (Buckinghamshire).
Lisa has won prizes such as the Gordon Holme's prize for Clinical Neuroscience from the Royal Society of Medicine and student (SSTAR) awards for 'Most Innovative Use of Teaching Methods', 'Most dedicated dissertation/project supervisor of the year' and 'Personal Tutor of the Year'.
- HCPC registered 'Physiotherapist'
- Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN)
- Member of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation
- Member of the Movement Disorders Society
- Member of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research
- Member of the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research, contributing to the Brain and Mind Translation Research theme and Health Across the Lifecourse themes (Early Life, Childhood and Adolescence and Older Age)
- Member of the Rehabilitation Research Group
Roles on external bodies
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Lisa teaches interprofessional cohorts of students (AHPs, nurses, medics, dentists, healthcare scientists) at undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) levels. A physiotherapist herself, Lisa has taught extensively across the Physiotherapy program in addition to Advanced Professional Practice modules within APP Neuro-rehabilitation and the Masters of Clinical Research (MClinRes: Dr Lisa Bunn, programme leader).
Specialist areas (clinical):
- Ataxia and cerebellar disease
- Neuro-physiology and sensorimotor control
- Complex case management
Staff serving as external examiners
University of Monash, PhD studies
Lisa's neurological rehabilitation research first explores pathophysiology, to guide targeted therapies and then evaluate novel therapeutic design through clinical trial:
"Lab to living room"
- Quantitative measurement of balance.
- Sensori-motor control.
- Movement disorders.
- Cerebellar disease.
- Falls in neurological disorders.
- The role of vision for balance and visually guided movement.
Lisa conducts translational research involving and engaging patients and the public at all stages of research; from conception to completion of projects. Lisa is leading a co-production project presently with a large team of professionals and family experts.
Lisa champions ethics and integrity in research and asks for all ethics committee applicants to indicate how they are striving to address or mitigate health inequalities in their proposals for research.
Lisa champions translation of research into healthcare policy - her personal contributions to Clinical Guideline development include:
National Clinical Guideline for Stroke 5th Ed., Royal College of Physicians
Management of the ataxias towards best clinical practice, 3rd Ed., Ataxia UK: Now published international guidelines
Lisa champions research-led education and has made two significant contributions to core-texts for health care professional education (spanning undergraduate and postgraduate education):
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Grants & contracts
2010-2011 MRC and Ataxia UK funded, University College London
UCL School: Biomedical sciences (Institute of Neurology, Sobell Department, Whole-body sensori-motor group).
2006-2010 Ataxia UK funded, UCL/NHNN, London
UCL School: Biomedical sciences (Institute of Neurology, Sobell Department, Whole-body sensori-motor group). Supervisors: Prof Brian Day, Prof Jonathan Marsden, Dr Paola Giunti.
2004-2006 Senior 2 physiotherapist, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
2003-2004 Physiotherapist, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
Online: Expert point of view "Rehabilitating rehab? The changing landscape of neurorehabilitation following COVID-19
Other academic activities
Journal manuscript reviewer:
NIHR Heath Technology Assessment funding
The Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong
The Stroke Association
Action for AT
The CSP Physiotherapy Research Foundation
CSP ACPIN travel bursaries and studentships