Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to introduce your Keynote Speakers for CMAS 2021!

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The Clinical Role for Assessment of Foot Kinematics

Prof. Rohan Rajan

Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Professor of Orthopaedics

University Hospitals of Derby & Burton, University of Derby & National University of Malaysia

Professor Rajan is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton. He is Senior Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon, specialist in Cerebral palsy, Clubfoot, deformity correction, physiological variants and congenital deformities. He holds Professorships at the University of Derby and the National University of Malaysia, where his research interests are in paediatric and adult orthopaedic surgery outcomes. Professor Rajan established the ‘Neverest Orthopaedics Foundation’ charity in 2013, which aims to improve orthopaedic and trauma care in Nepal. He visits annually, performing charitable surgery on children and has set up a women’s refuge, orphanage, special needs school, residential block and a school library. His work has featured on BBC and Malaysian TV many times and he was awarded the ‘Mayor of Derby Award’ for outstanding charitable work in Nepal 2015 and 2016.

Gait and Postural Control in Lower Limb Prosthesis Users

Dr. Cleveland T. Barnett

School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

Dr. Barnett is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Department of Sport Science, Nottingham Trent University. His research is focussed on the biomechanics of gait, balance and postural control in people using assistive devices. Dr. Barnett has published numerous papers in this area and has presented his research at a range of national and international conferences. Dr Barnett is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, the International Society of Biomechanics and is an Associate Editor for Prosthetics and Orthotics International

A Comparative Perspective on the Scaling of Speed, Gait and Posture

Prof. Jim Usherwood

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Locomotor Biomechanics, Structure and Motion Lab,The Royal Veterinary College

Jim Usherwood is a biologist specializing in application of mechanical principles to the understanding of form and function. He is primarily a zoologist (Oxford, BA), though his first publication was on buttercup structure and hydrodynamics (Manchester, MRes). His PhD on insect aerodynamics (Cambridge) was followed by postdocs on human and gibbon locomotion (Florida State University) and bird flight (Harvard). Jim joined the Structure and Motion Lab at the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2004 as a postdoc, and continues there supported by Wellcome Trust fellowships. His current research includes bird aerodynamics (USAAF) but is dominated by exploration of the principles underlying effective legged locomotion (Wellcome Trust SRF).

Dr. Samuel Stuart

Mobile Brain and Body Imaging (MoBI) in Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Samuel Stuart

Vice Chancellors Senior Research Fellow

Honorary Clinical Physiotherapist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust

Dr Stuart is an Honorary Clinical Physiotherapist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS trust and a Vice Chancellors Senior Research Fellow at Northumbria University. He completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2016, while simultaneously working as an honorary clinical physiotherapist at Newcastle Hospitals NHS trust and within private practice. He underwent post-doctoral training at Newcastle University, before moving in 2017 for further post-doctoral training at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the United States of America. At OHSU he was able to secure a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship for basic scientists from the Parkinson’s Foundation. He moved back home to Northumbria University in 2019 to continue his independent research, where he now directs the Physiotherapy Innovation Laboratory within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. He recently secured a prestigious international Clinical Research Award from the Parkinson’s Foundation and currently leads on several other industry collaborative clinical research projects, as well as being co-investigator on various other grants.

Dr Stuart’s overall research goal is to improve mobility and functional capabilities through understanding the relationships between sensory, cognitive, gait and balance features in those with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease or mild traumatic brain injury.