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My research focuses on the relationship between mobility (including gait, turning, balance and falls) and cognition in older adults and people with neurological condictions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Dementia etc.), and the importance of this relationship to clinical practice; particularly Physiotherapy. To conduct my research and understand the relationships involved I use novel digital technologies that could be applied within clinical practice in the future. Ultimately, my research aims to develop new understanding of neurological impairment and enhance clinical assessment and rehabilitation. 


I completed my NIHR funded doctoral research at Newcastle University, which focused on gait as a biomarker for cognitive decline in people with Parkinson’s disease with additional work focusing on the gait-cognition relationship in people with PD in the ‘real-world’ environment. I completed a postdoctoral training year at Newcastle University working on a project that focused on non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation as an intervention to increase cholinergic output and how this related to gait and cognition performance. Following this I became a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University (USA), where my main focus was on a large NIH-funded national study (Pacific-UDALL) assessing the role of Parkinson’s disease genotype and how this influences the gait-cognition relationship.


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  • Cognition and Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Monaghan, A., Gordon, E., Graham, L., Hughes, E., Peterson, D., Morris, R. 2 Feb 2023, In: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Exploring the effects of dopamine on sensorimotor inhibition and mobility in older adults, Martini, D., Morris, R., Harker, G., Kelly, V., Nutt, J., Horak, F. Jan 2023, In: Experimental Brain Research
  • Internet-of-Things-Enabled Markerless Running Gait Assessment from a Single Smartphone Camera, Young, F., Mason, R., Morris, R., Stuart, S., Godfrey, A. 7 Jan 2023, In: Sensors
  • Technological solution for the assessment and rehabilitation of visuo-cognition in Parkinson’s disease, Das, J., Morris, R., Barry, G., Celik, Y., Godfrey, A., McDonald, C., Walker, R., Vitório, R., Stuart, S. 16 Mar 2023, In: Expert Review of Medical Devices
  • A proposed computer vision model for running gait assessment, Young, F., Mason, R., Moore, J., Stuart, S., Morris, R., Godfrey, A. 11 Jul 2022, 2022 44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Bespoke fuzzy logic design to automate a better understanding of running gait analysis, Young, F., Stuart, S., McNicol, R., Morris, R., Downs, C., Coleman, M., Godfrey, A. 11 Jul 2022, In: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Brain activity response to cues during gait in Parkinson’s disease: A study protocol, Vitório, R., Morris, R., Das, J., Walker, R., Mancini, M., Stuart, S. 17 Nov 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Cognition as a mediator for gait and balance impairments in GBA-related Parkinson’s disease, Morris, R., Martini, D., Ramsey, K., Kelly, V., Smulders, K., Hiller, A., Chung, K., Hu, S., Zabetian, C., Poston, K., Mata, I., Edwards, K., Lapidus, J., Cholerton, B., Montine, T., Quinn, J., Horak, F. 1 Dec 2022, In: NPJ Parkinson's Disease

  • Julia Das Exploring the feasibility and effects of technological visual training as a potential rehabilitation tool in Parkinson’s Start Date: 15/09/2022
  • Lisa Graham Detecting neurological injury and disease with a novel eye-tracking device Start Date: 15/09/2022
  • Patrick Tait Neural correlates of balance in ageing and Parkinson's disease (PD) Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Neurosciences PhD May 30 2017
  • Physiotherapy MSc January 01 2013
  • Neurosciences BSc (Hons) June 01 2010
  • Member Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 2019

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