Senior Research Fellow, School of Clinical Sciences
Phone: 021 106 3172
90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, 0627
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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PhD, MSc, DipPT
Memberships and Affiliations:
International Society of Posture & Gait Research
Neurology Special Interest Group
I am a neurophysio with a research background in movement science, and have recently joined Prof Denise Taylor’s team in the Neurorehabilitation Group. From 2009 – 2016 I worked at Newcastle University UK with Prof Lynn Rochester in the Brain & Movement Research Group, which has a research agenda on ageing and neurodegenerative disease (predominantly Parkinson’s disease). Before leaving NZ I was a Senior Lecturer at the Rehabilitation Teaching & Research Unit, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago.
Parkinson’s disease, gait & cognition, falls, neuro-rehabilitation, evidence based practice.
Gait & cognition, and vision in ageing & neurodegenerative disease
I’m keen to establish a research profile that includes use of body worn sensors to measure spatio-temporal features of gait whilst walking in home & community environments. A nuanced knowledge of gait in naturalistic environments is key to understanding the relationship between gait and cognition (and its ultimate degradation, falls); and the use of gait as a prognostic marker for motor and cognitive decline. As a clinician, I’m conscious of the need to intervene early, prior to deficits in gait and balance control becoming established.
Current Research Projects:
Current studies include measurement of gait and activity using body worn sensors in stroke; falls evolution in Parkinson’s disease; and a study evaluating the effect of cueing in Stroke: Development and clinical trial feasibility evaluation of auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait and physical activity in community dwelling stroke survivors
Stroke Association, UK (PI Dr Sarah Moore Ref: TSA 2016/06) (£207, 511).
- Morris et al (2017) Gait rather than cognition predicts decline in specific cognitive domains in early Parkinson's disease J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. May 3. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx071.
- Rochester L et al (2017) Decrease in Aβ42 predicts dopa-resistant gait progression in early Parkinson disease Neurology 88 ; 16; 1501-151
- Lord S, Galna B, Yarnall A, Coleman S, Burn D, Rochester L (2016) Predicting first fall in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease: Insights from a falls-naïve cohort Mov Disord 31 (12) 1839-36
- Ross A, Yarnall A, Rochester L, Lord S (2016) A novel approach to falls classification in Parkinson’s disease: Development of the Fall-Related Activity Classification (FRAC). Physiotherapy DOI: 10.1016/j.physio. 2016.08.002
- Alcock L, Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L. (2016) Characterisation of foot clearance during gait in people with early Parkinson’s disease: Deficits associated with a duatask J Biomech Sep 6;49(13):2763-2769.
- Hill E, Stuart S, Lord S, Del Din S, Rochester L (2016) Vision, visuo-cognition and postural control in Parkinson’s disease: An associative pilot study Gait Posture Jul 48: 74-6
- Del Din S, Godfrey A, Mazzà C, Lord S, Rochester L. (2016) Free-living monitoring of Parkinson’s disease: lessons from the field. Mov Disord 10.1002/MDS.26718
- Del-Dinn S, Godfrey A, Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L (2016) Free-living gait characteristics in ageing and Parkinson's disease: impact of environment and ambulatory bout length. J NeuroEng & Rehab 13; 46
- Morris, R, Lord S, Bunce J, Burn D, Rochester L (2016) Gait and cognition: Mapping the global and discrete relationships in ageing and neurodegenerative disease. Neuroscience & Biobeh Reviews 64 326–345
- Stuart S, Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L (2016) A protocol to examine vision and gait in Parkinson’s disease: Impact of cognition and response to visual cues FI000 Research 4 DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.7320.2
- Stuart S, Lord S, Hill E, Rochester L (2016) Gait in Parkinson’s disease: A visuo-cognitive challenge Neuroscience & Biobeh Reviews Mar;62:76-88
- Barry G, Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L, Godfrey A. Defining ambulatory bouts in free-living activity: Impact of brief stationary periods on bout metrics. Gait Posture 2015, 42(4), 594-597.
- Mactier K, Lord S, Godfrey A, Burn D, Rochester L. (2015) The relationship between real world ambulatory activity and falls in incident Parkinson's disease: Influence of classification scheme. Parkinsonism Relat Disord Mar 21(3):236-42
- Stuart S, Alcock, L, Godfrey A, Lord S, Rochester L, Galna B (2015) Accuracy and re-test reliability of mobile eye-tracking in Parkinson's disease and older adults. Med Engineering & Physics 38(3)
- Hiorth YH, Larsen JP, Lode K, Tysnes OB, Godfrey A, Lord S, Rochester L, Pedersen KF (2016) Impact of falls on physical activity in people with Parkinson's disease. J Parkinson's Dis 6(1):175-82.
- Galna B, Lord S, Burn DJ, Rochester L. Progression of Gait Dysfunction in Incident Parkinson's Disease: Impact of Medication and Phenotype. Mov Disord 2015, 30(3), 359-367.
- Lord S, Galna B, Coleman S, Yarnall A, Burn D, Rochester L. (2014) Cognition and gait show a selective pattern of association dominated by phenotype in incident Parkinson’s disease. Front Aging Neurosci 6: 249
- Rochester L, Galna B, Lord S, Mhiripiri D, Eglon G, Chinnery PF. Gait impairment procedes clinical symptoms in spinocerebellar ataxia type 6. Mov Disord 2014, 29(2), 252-255.
- Verghese J, et al Motoric cognitive risk syndrome: Multicountry prevalence and dementia risk. Neurology 2014, 83(8), 718-726.
- Godfrey A, Lord S, Galna B, Mathers J, Burn D, Rochester L. The association between retirement and age on physical activity in older adults. Age Ageing 2014, 43(3), 386-393.
- Stuart S, Alcock L, Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L. The measurement of visual sampling during real-world activity in Parkinson's disease and healthy controls: A structured literature review. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2014, 222, 175-188.
- Rochester L, Galna B, Lord S, Burn D. The nature of dual-task interference during gait in incident Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience 2014, 265, 83-94.
- Lord S, Galna B, Verghese J, Coleman S, Burn D and Rochester L (2013) Independent domains of gait in older adults and associated motor and non-motor attributes: Validation of a factor analysis approach J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 68(7):820–827
- Galna B, Lord S, Rochester L. Is gait variability reliable in older adults and Parkinson's disease? Towards an optimal testing protocol. Gait Posture 2013, 37(4), 580-585.
- Lord S, Galna B, Coleman S, Burn D, Rochester L. Mild Depressive Symptoms Are Associated with Gait Impairment in Early Parkinson's Disease. Mov Disord 2013, 28(5), 634-639.
- Lord S, Galna B, Rochester L. Moving Forward on Gait Measurement: Toward a More Refined Approach. Mov Disord 2013, 28(11), 1534-1543.
- Lord S, Godfrey A, Galna B, Mhiripiri D, Burn D and Rochester L (2013) Ambulatory activity in incident Parkinson’s: More than meets the eye J Neuro 260(12):2964-72
2009 Voted one of five ‘Most important New Zealand Physiotherapists’ – results of national survey
2006 Emerging Researcher Award, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, 2006
2000 Fanny Evans Scholarship, University of Otago (PhD study) 2000 - 2006