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Professor Paulette Van Vliet

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School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy)

A call to arms

Across the world, 15 million people will experience stroke annually. Of these, 77 per cent will have arm issues and only half will regain arm functionality.  Professor Paulette Van Vliet's focus on this portion of the body, stretching from the shoulder to fingertips, is imperative to the recovery of people who have experienced a stroke.

Professor Paulette van Vliet 

It was during her time as a young physiotherapist in Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, that Paulette's interest in the treatment of the upper limb was piqued.

"As therapists we had to fight to be allowed to treat the arm for as long as we wanted," Paulette explains.

"The emphasis was always on getting the patient up and walking, so that they could go home."

But when patients returned home, despite some outpatient therapy, many would never regain total use of their arm.

"For a therapist who knew that their arm could be better, I found that very short-sighted and felt I had to fight for peoples' arm recovery."

Paulette's research vision for stroke rehabilitation of the upper limb has three key goals: getting more recovery for more people; targeting treatments to people with particular deficits; and empowering patients to practice alone. The three tiers combine, like intertwining fingers in a healthy patient, towards the ultimate objective of reaching a person's potential.

The global significance of Paulette's work is exemplified by her experiences in researching abroad and six current international collaborative projects. Completing her Masters at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom and gaining her Philosophy Doctorate in 1998 at the University of Nottingham, Paulette developed her techniques of motion analysis in movement and kinematics, focusing on the detailed movement deficits in those who have experienced stroke, compared to healthy people.

"Movement kinematics are like a window into how the brain controls the movement, so knowing these deficits is a prerequisite before you can know how to retrain movement," she states.

By contrasting the two groups, Paulette and her research team can identify changes needed to improve movements requested by therapists of stroke rehabilitation patients.

After rising through the ranks in British universities, Paulette returned to Australia in 2010 where she commenced work with the University of Newcastle and promptly secured an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Her work, much of it taking place in the motion lab of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), has culminated in the innovation of the Arm Movement Measure Device (the ArMM device).

This device will enable physiotherapists to provide immediate feedback about kinematics. Fitted with motion sensors at points between the wrist and hand, the ArMM device allows the recording of acceleration, velocity and hand position in reach-to-grasp movements to the exact millisecond. Therapists can then draw attention to items of concern and patients can check how they are tracking after each attempt, by using the feedback from ArMM to improve upon their deficit.

"The device will reinforce the right movements and help the synaptic connections in the brain that will create the right neural pathways," Paulette clarifies.

A multidisciplinary project, the ArMM device pushes scientific boundaries and involves collaboration with Paulette's academic colleagues in electrical engineering, mathematics, commercial innovation and a number of other talented staff. The project has also provided opportunities for postgraduate students in developing and promoting the electronic device.

The artful yet simple ArMM device, funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Development Grant, most notably fits into Paulette's purpose of empowering patients, as it will also allow self-directed therapy in the home.

"Patients will be able to use it on their own, dramatically increasing the amount of practice available to them," Paulette says.

The implementation of this device in the patient's living space would allow for therapists to bridge gaps in motion repetitions.  Current literature in the field has determined hundreds of repetitions are required for the brain to recover, following the catastrophic effects of a stroke. The recommended target is around 300 repetitions per rehabilitation session, however these numbers are difficult to reach during one-on-one therapy. Present studies of outpatient therapy cite an average of 12 repetitions of purposeful movements per session – well below the recommended target.

The ArMM is only one way to meet the required repetitions to enable stroke survivors to recuperate to their potential. As Paulette sees it, 300 reach-to-grasp repetitions could be achieved in a variety of ways such as: 100 in sessions with a therapist; completing 100 at home exercises; and a further hundred using ArMM to allow for the more permanent learning of tasks.

The benefits of the ArMM device are obvious, particularly given present healthcare resources allocated to stroke rehabilitation. Following the average term of six weeks hospitalisation for a stroke, depending on medical opinion, there are four options for someone discharged following the event:

  • no further treatment as they are determined to be recovered;
  • outpatient therapy twice a week which ceases after several months;
  • minimal Government-funded therapy in the home; or
  • private therapy, which can prove expensive and hard to find.

Regardless of the path taken, this vital healthcare typically ceases at six months. Such a system proves frustrating to Paulette.

"People can keep improving for years… if they're given the right instructions and exercises."

ArMM will be particularly beneficial for people in remote communities in both developed and developing nations where physiotherapy services are lacking.

"As long as they have the device and some remote communication with a therapist, such as via the internet, they'd be able to work on their own," Paulette affirms.

The dedication Paulette has put into the ArMM device is mirrored in a string of other research projects with her team. These include a combined sensory and motor training approach to ensure synchronous activation of brain networks to improve performance. Also, her research has shown that varying reach-to-grasp practice with different distances, speeds and directions, allows the brain to practice planning movements for different contexts. Task-specific therapy with aerobic training on a bike-like apparatus is also being investigated to determine the role of exercise in brain function ahead of arm training. The definition of brain lesions to determine motion deficits through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is also being developed. All of these projects are significant, as the same treatments do not benefit all people, and there is insufficient insight into brain areas affected by stroke.

Paulette and her colleagues work has recently been validated by a Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery grant. These have been awarded to 10 chief investigators across the country, four being University of Newcastle academics. It focuses on five key research streams, four of which Paulette's work can be classified as belonging to: neuroimaging, clinical trials, implementation research and data linkage, all areas to improve the quality of life of stroke patients.

In Australia, 50,000 people will experience a stroke each year. A further 420,000 live with the effects of stroke, with this number expected to rise to 700,000 people by 2032. This medical condition costs the nation $5 billion annually in hospital, rehabilitation and further care. Stroke is increasingly impacting on younger people, and with the retirement age pushed further back, people's arm recovery is imperative to the productivity of the nation.

"If we can improve arm function it will reduce a lot of these costs," Paulette advises.

Improving arm function research through the next generation of researchers is also on the Paulette's agenda. She is deeply passionate about guiding young physiotherapists in stroke rehabilitation researchers and has taught 70 undergraduate courses over her career both on British and Australian soil. She currently supervises a team of six international and two Australian PhD candidates working closely alongside her at HMRI.

A call to arms

Professor van Vliet’s research interests are in the recovery of upper limb motor control after stroke, evaluation/development of physiotherapy intervention for

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Career Summary

Biography

Professor van Vliet is an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Newcastle. Research interests are recovery of upper limb motor control after stroke, evaluation/development of physiotherapy intervention for stroke patients, and motor skill acquisition. Current research focuses on the temporal coordination of reach-to-grasp in patients with stroke.

Research Expertise
Recovery of upper limb motor control after stroke Evaluation and development of physiotherapy intervention for people with stroke Motor skill acquisition following stroke

Collaborations
Professor van Vliet works within the PRC for Brain and Mental Health and collaborates with researchers at the Universities of Birmingham, University of Norwich, University of Western England and Glasgow Caledonian University.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Nottingham - UK
  • Master of Science, Loughborough University - UK
  • Registered Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Keywords

  • feedback
  • motor control
  • motor learning
  • physiotherapy
  • rehabilitation
  • stroke
  • stroke
  • upper limb

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110317Physiotherapy65
110904Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases15
170299Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
18/10/2010 - 17/12/2010Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/09/2010 - 3/12/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/10/2015Fellow ARC
ARC - Discovery - Future Fellowships
University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012vanVliet P, Matyas TA, MCarey L, 'Traning principles to enhance learning-based rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.', Stroke Rehabilitation Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging, Oxford University Press 115-126 (2012)
2012F FVW, Vliet PMV, 'Perceptuomotor Control', Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions, Churchill Linvingstone, Edinburgh 65-86 (2012)
2012Wijcke FV, Vliet PMV, 'Perceptuomotor Learning', Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions, Churchill Linvingstone, Edinburgh 87-108 (2012)
2012Van Vliet PM, Matyas TA, Carey LM, 'Training principles to enhance learning-based rehabilitation and neuroplasticity', Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging, Oxford University Press, Oxford 116-127 (2012) [B1]
2006Van Vliet PM, Durham K, 'Feedback and practice in retraining upper limb after stroke', Neurological Physiotherapy: Bases of evidence for practice, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America 77-107 (2006) [B1]
2002Van Vliet PM, 'Early management of a stroke patient', Neurological Physiotherapy: Bases of evidence for practice, Whurr, London, UK 7-23 (2002) [B1]
1999Van Vliet PM, 'Reaching, pointing and using two hands together', Functional Human Movement: Measurement and Analysis., Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, UK 147-158 (1999) [B1]
1995Van Vliet PM, Kerwin D, Sheridan M, Fentem P, 'A study of reaching movements in stroke patients', Physiotherapy in Stroke Management, Churchill Livingstone, London, UK 183-191 (1995) [B1]
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Journal article (60 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Marquez J, van Vliet P, Mcelduff P, Lagopoulos J, Parsons M, 'Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS): Does it have merit in stroke rehabilitation? A systematic review', International Journal of Stroke, 10 306-316 (2015)

Transcranial direct current stimulation has been gaining increasing interest as a potential therapeutic treatment in stroke recovery. We performed a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to collate the available evidence in adults with residual motor impairments as a result of stroke. The primary outcome was change in motor function or impairment as a result of transcranial direct current stimulation, using any reported electrode montage, with or without adjunct physical therapy. The search yielded 15 relevant studies comprising 315 subjects. Compared with sham, cortical stimulation did not produce statistically significant improvements in motor performance when measured immediately after the intervention (anodal stimulation: facilitation of the affected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·05, P=0·71; cathodal stimulation: inhibition of the nonaffected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·39, P=0·08; bihemispheric stimulation: standardized mean difference=0·24, P=0·39). When the data were analyzed according to stroke characteristics, statistically significant improvements were evident for those with chronic stroke (standardized mean difference=0·45, P=0·01) and subjects with mild-to-moderate stroke impairments (standardized mean difference=0·37, P=0·02). Transcranial direct current stimulation is likely to be effective in enhancing motor performance in the short term when applied selectively to patients with stroke. Given the range of stimulation variables and heterogeneous nature of stroke, this modality is still experimental and further research is required to determine its clinical merit in stroke rehabilitation.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12169
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsMark Parsons, Jodie Marquez
2015Dunn A, Marsden DL, Nugent E, Van Vliet P, Spratt NJ, Attia J, Callister R, 'Protocol variations and six-minute walk test performance in stroke survivors: A systematic review with meta-analysis', Stroke Research and Treatment, 2015 (2015)

Objective. To investigate the use of the six-minute walk test (6MWT) for stroke survivors, including adherence to 6MWT protocol guidelines and distances achieved. Methods. A systematic search was conducted from inception to March 2014. Included studies reported a baseline (intervention studies) or first instance (observational studies) measure for the 6MWT performed by stroke survivors regardless of time after stroke. Results. Of 127 studies (participants n = 6,012) that met the inclusion criteria, 64 were also suitable for meta-analysis. Only 25 studies made reference to the American Thoracic Society (ATS) standards for the 6MWT, and 28 reported using the protocol standard 30 m walkway. Thirty-nine studies modified the protocol walkway, while 60 studies did not specify the walkway used. On average, stroke survivors walked 284 ± 107 m during the 6MWT, which is substantially less than healthy age-matched individuals. The meta-analysis identified that changes to the ATS protocol walkway are associated with reductions in walking distances achieved. Conclusion. The 6MWT is now widely used in stroke studies. The distances achieved by stroke patients indicate substantially compromised walking ability. Variations to the standard 30 m walkway for the 6MWT are common and caution should be used when comparing the values achieved from studies using different walkway lengths.

DOI10.1155/2015/484813
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsNeil Spratt, John Attia, Robin Callister
2015Marquez J, van Vliet P, Mcelduff P, Lagopoulos J, Parsons M, 'Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS): Does it have merit in stroke rehabilitation? A systematic review', International Journal of Stroke, 10 306-316 (2015)

Transcranial direct current stimulation has been gaining increasing interest as a potential therapeutic treatment in stroke recovery. We performed a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to collate the available evidence in adults with residual motor impairments as a result of stroke. The primary outcome was change in motor function or impairment as a result of transcranial direct current stimulation, using any reported electrode montage, with or without adjunct physical therapy. The search yielded 15 relevant studies comprising 315 subjects. Compared with sham, cortical stimulation did not produce statistically significant improvements in motor performance when measured immediately after the intervention (anodal stimulation: facilitation of the affected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·05, P=0·71; cathodal stimulation: inhibition of the nonaffected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·39, P=0·08; bihemispheric stimulation: standardized mean difference=0·24, P=0·39). When the data were analyzed according to stroke characteristics, statistically significant improvements were evident for those with chronic stroke (standardized mean difference=0·45, P=0·01) and subjects with mild-to-moderate stroke impairments (standardized mean difference=0·37, P=0·02). Transcranial direct current stimulation is likely to be effective in enhancing motor performance in the short term when applied selectively to patients with stroke. Given the range of stimulation variables and heterogeneous nature of stroke, this modality is still experimental and further research is required to determine its clinical merit in stroke rehabilitation.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12169
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJodie Marquez, Mark Parsons
2014Pomeroy VM, Ward NS, Johansen-Berg H, van Vliet P, Burridge J, Hunter SM, et al., 'FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: Neural correlates and prognostic indicators', International Journal of Stroke, 9 240-245 (2014) [C3]

Rationale: Functional strength training in addition to conventional physical therapy could enhance upper limb recovery early after stroke more than movement performance therapy plus conventional physical therapy. Aims: To determine (a) the relative clinical efficacy of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy for upper limb recovery; (b) the neural correlates of response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy; (c) whether any one or combination of baseline measures predict motor improvement in response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Design: Randomized, controlled, observer-blind trial. Study: The sample will consist of 288 participants with upper limb paresis resulting from a stroke that occurred within the previous 60 days. All will be allocated to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Functional strength training and movement performance therapy will be undertaken for up to 1·5h/day, five-days/week for six-weeks. Outcomes and Analysis: Measurements will be undertaken before randomization, six-weeks thereafter, and six-months after stroke. Primary efficacy outcome will be the Action Research Arm Test. Explanatory measurements will include voxel-wise estimates of brain activity during hand movement, brain white matter integrity (fractional anisotropy), and brain-muscle connectivity (e.g. latency of motor evoked potentials). The primary clinical efficacy analysis will compare treatment groups using a multilevel normal linear model adjusting for stratification variables and for which therapist administered the treatment. Effect of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training versus conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy will be summarized using the adjusted mean difference and 95% confidence interval. To identify the neural correlates of improvement in both groups, we will investigate associations between change from baseline in clinical outcomes and each explanatory measure. To identify baseline measurements that independently predict motor improvement, we will develop a multiple regression model. © 2013 The Authors. Organization.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12179
2014Durham KF, Sackley CM, Wright CC, Wing AM, Edwards MG, Van Vliet P, 'Attentional focus of feedback for improving performance of reach-to-grasp after stroke: A randomised crossover study', Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 100 108-115 (2014) [C1]

Objective: To investigate whether feedback inducing an external focus (EF) of attention (about movement effects) was more effective for retraining reach-to-grasp after stroke compared with feedback inducing an internal focus (IF) of attention (about body movement). It was predicted that inducing an EF of attention would be more beneficial to motor performance. Design: Crossover trial where participants were assigned at random to two feedback order groups: IF followed by EF or EF followed by IF. Setting: Research laboratory. Participants: Forty-two people with upper limb impairment after stroke. Intervention: Participants performed three reaching tasks: (A) reaching to grasp a jar; (B) placing a jar forwards on to a table; and (C) placing a jar on to a shelf. Ninety-six reaches were performed in total over one training session. Main outcome measures: Kinematic measures were collected using motion analysis. Primary outcome measures were movement duration, peak velocity of the wrist, size of peak aperture and peak elbow extension. Results: Feedback inducing an EF of attention produced shorter movement durations {first feedback order group: IF mean 2.53. seconds [standard deviation (SD) 1.85]; EF mean 2.12. seconds (SD 1.63), mean difference 0.41. seconds; 95% confidence interval -0.68 to 1.5; P= 0.008}, an increased percentage time to peak deceleration (P = 0.01) when performing Task B, and an increased percentage time to peak velocity (P = 0.039) when performing Task A compared with feedback inducing an IF of attention. However, an order effect was present whereby performance was improved if an EF of attention was preceded by an IF of attention. Conclusions: Feedback inducing an EF of attention may be of some benefit for improving motor performance of reaching in people with stroke in the short term; however, these results should be interpreted with caution. Further research using a randomised design is recommended to enable effects on motor learning to be assessed. © 2013 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

DOI10.1016/j.physio.2013.03.004
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2014Durham KF, Wright CC, Van Vliet P, Sackley CM, Wing AM, Edwards MG, 'Attentional focus of feedback for improving performance of reach-to-grasp after stroke: A randomised crossover study', Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 100 108-115 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.physio.2013.03.004
2014Snodgrass SJ, Heneghan NR, Tsao H, Stanwell PT, Rivett DA, Van Vliet PM, 'Recognising neuroplasticity in musculoskeletal rehabilitation: A basis for greater collaboration between musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapists', Manual Therapy, 19 614-617 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.math.2014.01.006
Co-authorsSuzanne Snodgrass, Darren Rivett
2014Snodgrass SJ, Heneghan NR, Tsao H, Stanwell PT, Rivett DA, Van Vliet PM, 'Recognising neuroplasticity in musculoskeletal rehabilitation: A basis for greater collaboration between musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapists', Manual Therapy, 19 614-617 (2014) [C3]

Evidence is emerging for central nervous system (CNS) changes in the presence of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. Motor control exercises, and potentially manual therapy, can induce changes in the CNS, yet the focus in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice is conventionally on movement impairments with less consideration of intervention-induced neuroplastic changes. Studies in healthy individuals and those with neurological dysfunction provide examples of strategies that may also be used to enhance neuroplasticity during the rehabilitation of individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction, improving the effectiveness of interventions. In this paper, the evidence for neuroplastic changes in patients with musculoskeletal conditions is discussed. The authors compare and contrast neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical paradigms in the context of the motor learning principles of experience-dependent plasticity: part and whole practice, repetition, task-specificity and feedback that induces an external focus of attention in the learner. It is proposed that increased collaboration between neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapists and researchers will facilitate new discoveries on the neurophysiological mechanisms underpinning sensorimotor changes in patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. This may lead to greater integration of strategies to enhance neuroplasticity in patients treated in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.

DOI10.1016/j.math.2014.01.006
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsSuzanne Snodgrass, Darren Rivett
2014Pomeroy VM, Ward NS, Johansen-Berg H, van Vliet P, Burridge J, Hunter SM, et al., 'FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: Neural correlates and prognostic indicators', International Journal of Stroke, 9 240-245 (2014) [C3]

Rationale: Functional strength training in addition to conventional physical therapy could enhance upper limb recovery early after stroke more than movement performance therapy plus conventional physical therapy. Aims: To determine (a) the relative clinical efficacy of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy for upper limb recovery; (b) the neural correlates of response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy; (c) whether any one or combination of baseline measures predict motor improvement in response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Design: Randomized, controlled, observer-blind trial. Study: The sample will consist of 288 participants with upper limb paresis resulting from a stroke that occurred within the previous 60 days. All will be allocated to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Functional strength training and movement performance therapy will be undertaken for up to 1·5h/day, five-days/week for six-weeks. Outcomes and Analysis: Measurements will be undertaken before randomization, six-weeks thereafter, and six-months after stroke. Primary efficacy outcome will be the Action Research Arm Test. Explanatory measurements will include voxel-wise estimates of brain activity during hand movement, brain white matter integrity (fractional anisotropy), and brain-muscle connectivity (e.g. latency of motor evoked potentials). The primary clinical efficacy analysis will compare treatment groups using a multilevel normal linear model adjusting for stratification variables and for which therapist administered the treatment. Effect of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training versus conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy will be summarized using the adjusted mean difference and 95% confidence interval. To identify the neural correlates of improvement in both groups, we will investigate associations between change from baseline in clinical outcomes and each explanatory measure. To identify baseline measurements that independently predict motor improvement, we will develop a multiple regression model. © 2013 The Authors. Organization.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12179
2013Turton A, Cuningham P, Heron E, Wijck FV, Sackley C, Rogers C, et al., 'A feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of home based reach to grasp training for people after stroke', Trials, 14 109 (2013)
2013Ali M, Fulton R, Quinn T, Brady M, Lees KR, Alexandrov A, et al., 'How Well Do Standard Stroke Outcome Measures Reflect Quality of Life?: A Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Trial Data', Stroke, 44 3161-3165 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.001126
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2013Sturmberg C, Marquez J, Heneghan N, Snodgrass S, van Vliet P, 'Attentional focus of feedback and instructions in the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction: A systematic review', MANUAL THERAPY, 18 458-467 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2013.07.002Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsSuzanne Snodgrass, Jodie Marquez
2013Ali M, Hazelton C, Lyden P, Pollock A, Brady M, 'Recovery From Poststroke Visual Impairment: Evidence From a Clinical Trials Resource', NEUROREHABILITATION AND NEURAL REPAIR, 27 133-141 (2013)
DOI10.1177/1545968312454683Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 3
2013van Vliet P, Pelton TA, Hollands KL, Carey L, Wing AM, 'Neuroscience Findings on Coordination of Reaching to Grasp an Object: Implications for Research', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 27 622-635 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1545968313483578Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2013Hollands KL, Pelton T, Wimperis A, Whitham D, Jowett S, Sackley C, et al., 'Visual cue training to improve walking and turning after stroke: a study protocol for a multi-centre, single blind randomised pilot trial', TRIALS, 14 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.1186/1745-6215-14-276Author URL
2013Turton AJ, Cunningham P, Heron E, Wijck FV, Sackley C, Rogers C, et al., 'Home-based reach-to-grasp training for people after stroke: Study protocol for a feasibility randomized controlled trial', Trials, 14 1-10 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.1186/1745-6215-14-109Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 3
2013Pomeroy VM, Walker AA, Kennedy N, Ward NS, Lemon RN, Rothwell J, et al., 'FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: Neural correlates and prognostic indicators', International Journal of Stroke, (2013) [C3]

Rationale: Functional strength training in addition to conventional physical therapy could enhance upper limb recovery early after stroke more than movement performance therapy plus conventional physical therapy. Aims: To determine (a) the relative clinical efficacy of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy for upper limb recovery; (b) the neural correlates of response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training and conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy; (c) whether any one or combination of baseline measures predict motor improvement in response to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Design: Randomized, controlled, observer-blind trial. Study: The sample will consist of 288 participants with upper limb paresis resulting from a stroke that occurred within the previous 60 days. All will be allocated to conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training or conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy. Functional strength training and movement performance therapy will be undertaken for up to 1·5h/day, five-days/week for six-weeks. Outcomes and Analysis: Measurements will be undertaken before randomization, six-weeks thereafter, and six-months after stroke. Primary efficacy outcome will be the Action Research Arm Test. Explanatory measurements will include voxel-wise estimates of brain activity during hand movement, brain white matter integrity (fractional anisotropy), and brain-muscle connectivity (e.g. latency of motor evoked potentials). The primary clinical efficacy analysis will compare treatment groups using a multilevel normal linear model adjusting for stratification variables and for which therapist administered the treatment. Effect of conventional physical therapy combined with functional strength training versus conventional physical therapy combined with movement performance therapy will be summarized using the adjusted mean difference and 95% confidence interval. To identify the neural correlates of improvement in both groups, we will investigate associations between change from baseline in clinical outcomes and each explanatory measure. To identify baseline measurements that independently predict motor improvement, we will develop a multiple regression model. © 2013 The Authors. International Journal of Stroke published by World Stroke Organization.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12179
2013Marquez J, van Vliet P, Mcelduff P, Lagopoulos J, Parsons M, 'Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS): Does it have merit in stroke rehabilitation? A systematic review', International Journal of Stroke, (2013)

Transcranial direct current stimulation has been gaining increasing interest as a potential therapeutic treatment in stroke recovery. We performed a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to collate the available evidence in adults with residual motor impairments as a result of stroke. The primary outcome was change in motor function or impairment as a result of transcranial direct current stimulation, using any reported electrode montage, with or without adjunct physical therapy. The search yielded 15 relevant studies comprising 315 subjects. Compared with sham, cortical stimulation did not produce statistically significant improvements in motor performance when measured immediately after the intervention (anodal stimulation: facilitation of the affected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·05, P=0·71; cathodal stimulation: inhibition of the nonaffected cortex: standardized mean difference=0·39, P=0·08; bihemispheric stimulation: standardized mean difference=0·24, P=0·39). When the data were analyzed according to stroke characteristics, statistically significant improvements were evident for those with chronic stroke (standardized mean difference=0·45, P=0·01) and subjects with mild-to-moderate stroke impairments (standardized mean difference=0·37, P=0·02). Transcranial direct current stimulation is likely to be effective in enhancing motor performance in the short term when applied selectively to patients with stroke. Given the range of stimulation variables and heterogeneous nature of stroke, this modality is still experimental and further research is required to determine its clinical merit in stroke rehabilitation. © 2013 World Stroke Organization.

DOI10.1111/ijs.12169
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsJodie Marquez, Mark Parsons
2012VanVliet PM, Wimperis A, Creak J, Taylor AJ, Vanderijk C, 'Feedback device to improve reach-to-grasp following stroke', Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93 167-171 (2012)
2012VanVliet PM, Wimperis A, Creak J, Taylor AJ, Vanderijk C, 'Feedback device to improve reach-to-grasp following stroke', Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93 167-171 (2012)
2012vanVliet PM, Carey LM, Nilsson M, 'Targeting stroke treatment to the individual', International Journal of Stroke, 7 480¿481 480-481 (2012)
2012Van Vliet PM, Wimperis A, Creak J, Taylor A, Vandereijk C, 'Feedback device for improvement of coordination of reach-to-grasp after stroke', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 167-171 (2012) [C1]
2012Hollands KL, Pelton TA, Tyson SF, Hollands MA, Van Vliet PM, 'Interventions for coordination of walking following stroke: Systematic review', Gait & Posture, 35 349-359 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 7
2012Coupar F, Pollock A, Legg LA, Sackley C, Van Vliet PM, 'Home-based therapy programmes for upper limb functional recovery following stroke', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CD006755 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1002/14651858.CD006755.pub2
CitationsWeb of Science - 4
2012Pelton T, Van Vliet PM, Hollands K, 'Interventions for improving coordination of reach to grasp following stroke: A systematic review', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 10 89-102 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
2012Van Vliet PM, Carey L, Nilsson M, 'Targeting stroke treatment to the individual', International Journal of Stroke, 7 480-481 (2012) [C3]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2012Hollands K, Van Vliet PM, Pelton T, 'Interventions for improving coordination of axial segments and lower limbs during walking following stroke: Systematic review', JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 10 1260-1362 (2012) [C1]
2011Pelton T, Van Vliet PM, Hollands K, 'Interventions for improving coordination of reach to grasp following stroke: A systematic review', JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9 1226-1270 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1744-1609.2012.00261.x
2011VanVliet PM, Wimperis A, Creak J, Taylor AJ, Vanderijk C, 'Feedback device to improve reach-to-grasp following stroke', Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, in press (2011)
2011Pelton T, Hollands K, VanVliet PM, 'Interventions for improving coordination of reach and grasp following stroke: Systematic Review Joanna Briggs Library of Systematic reviews', Joanna Briggs Library of Systematic reviews, 9 1352-1395 (2011)
2010Wing A, Wright C, Johannsen L, Van Vliet PM, Pelton T, Riddoch J, et al., 'R.Short-tem effects of the BLETRAC exercise in chronic hemiparetic stroke as a function of the specific bilateral coordination pattern.', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24 243-253 (2010) [C1]
2010Johannsen L, Wing AM, Pelton T, Kitaka K, Zietz D, Brittle N, et al., 'Seated bilateral leg exercise effects on hemiparetic lower extremity function in chronic stroke', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 25 243-253 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1545968309347679
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 7
2010Ali M, Ashburn A, Bowen A, Van Vliet PMEA, 'VISTA-Rehab: A resource for stroke rehabilitation trials', International Journal of Stroke, 5 447-452 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1747-4949.2010.00485.x
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2010Hollands K, Van Vliet PM, Hollands M, Wing A, Wright C, 'Stroke-related differ-ences in axial body segment coordination during preplanned and reactive changes in walking direction', Experimental Brain Research, 202 591-604 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2162-1
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2009Cheeran B, Cohen L, Dobkin B, Ford G, Greenwood R, Howard D, et al., 'The Future of Restorative Neurosciences in Stroke: Driving the Translational Research Pipeline From Basic Science to Rehabilitation of People After Stroke', NEUROREHABILITATION AND NEURAL REPAIR, 23 97-107 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1545968308326636Author URL
CitationsScopus - 62Web of Science - 51
2009Hollands K, Hollands M, Wing A, Van Vliet PM, 'Kinematics of turning 180 degrees during the Timed Up and Go in stroke survivors with and without falls history.', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24 358-367 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1545968309348508
CitationsScopus - 15Web of Science - 12
2009Van Vliet PM, Sheridan M, 'Ability to adjust reach extent in the hemiplegic arm.', Physiotherapy, 95 176-184 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.physio.2009.03.004
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2009Durham K, Van Vliet PM, Badger F, Sackley C, 'Use of informational feedback and attentional focus of feedback in treating the person with a hemiplegic arm.', Physiotherapy Research International, 14 77-90 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1002/pri.431
CitationsScopus - 22
2007Van Vliet PM, 'Coordination of arm and hand in reach-to-grasp following stroke', Synapse, Autumn/Winter 5-8 (2007) [C1]
2007Coupar F, Legg L, Pollock A, Sackley C, Van Vliet PM, 'Home-based therapy programmes for upper limb functional recovery following stroke. (Protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1002/14651858.CD006755
2007Van Vliet PM, Sheridan M, 'Coordination between reaching and grasping in patients with hemiparesis and normal subjects.', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88 1325-1331 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.apmr.2007.06.769
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 23
2006VanVliet PM, Heneghan N, 'Motor control and musculoskeletal dysfunction.', Manual Therapy, 11 208-213 (2006)
2006Van Vliet PM, Wulf G, 'Extrinsic feedback for motor learning after stroke: what is the evidence?', Disability and Rehabilitation, 28 831-840 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1080/09638280500534937
CitationsScopus - 99Web of Science - 79
2006Van Vliet PM, Heneghan N, 'Motor control and the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction', Manual Therapy, 11 208-213 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2006.03.009
CitationsScopus - 31Web of Science - 26
2005Van Vliet PM, Lincoln N, Foxall A, 'Comparison of Bobath-based and movement science based treatment for stroke: a randomised controlled trial.', Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 76 503-508 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1136/jnnp.2004.040436
CitationsScopus - 57Web of Science - 39
2002Blackburn M, Van Vliet PM, Mockett S, 'Reliability of measurements obtained with the Modified Ashworth scale in the lower extremities of people with stroke.', Physical Therapy, 82 25-34 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 123Web of Science - 100
2001vanVliet PM, Lincoln NB, Robinson E, 'Comparison of the content of two physiotherapy approaches for stroke', Clinical Rehabilitation, 15 398-414 (2001)
2001Van Vliet PM, Lincoln N, Robinson E, 'Comparison of the content of two physiotherapy approaches for stroke.', Clinical Rehabilitation, 15 398-414 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 29Web of Science - 25
2001Van Vliet PM, Turton A, 'Directions in retraining reaching.', Critical Reviews in Physical Rehabil Med, 13 313-338 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
1998vanVliet P, 'Co-ordination of grasp and components in the reaching of stroke patients', Physiotherapy, 84 397-398. Abstract (1998)
1996Van Vliet PM, 'Improving arm function in stroke patients by task-specific training', Synapse, Spring 6-7 (1996) [C1]
1995Van Vliet PM, 'Improving the infrastructure for research.', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 11 65-66 (1995) [C1]
1995Van Vliet PM, Kerwin D, Sheridan M, Fentem P, 'The influence of functional goals on the kinematics of reaching following stroke.', Neurology Report, 19 11-16 (1995) [C1]
1995VanVliet PM, 'Improving the infrastructure for research. Editorial', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 11 (1995)
1993Van Vliet PM, 'An investigation of the task specificity of reaching: implications for retraining.', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 9 69-76 (1993) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6
1992Van Vliet PM, 'A cross-disciplinary contribution to physiotherapy. Editorial', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 8 129-129 (1992) [C1]
1991Van Vliet P, Virji-Babul N, 'Introduction: Issues in the training of postural control (Cambridge July 1991)', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 7 251-251 (1991)
1990Van Vliet PM, Wing A, 'A new challenge - robotics in the rehabilitation of the neurologically motor impaired.', Physical Therapy, 71 39-57 (1990) [C1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 8
1990Van Vliet PM, 'Context, task and eliciting movement', The Efferents, 10 21-24 (1990) [C1]
1988Van Vliet PM, 'Kinematic analysis of videotape to measure walking following stroke: a case study.', Journal of Physiotherapy, 34 48-51 (1988) [C1]
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Conference (17 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Dunn A, Marsden D, Van Vliet P, Spratt NJ, Callister R, 'How do the shuttle walk test and 6-minute walk test compare as measures of cardiorespiratory fitness in stroke survivors?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2014) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsNeil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013Callister R, Dunn A, Marsden DL, Spratt NJ, Van Vliet P, 'How has the 6 minute walk test been used in the stroke population? A Systematic Review with meta-analysis', International Journal of Stroke, Brisbane (2013) [E3]
DOI10.1111/ijs.12172
Co-authorsNeil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013Sturmberg C, Marquez J, Heneghan N, Snodgrass SJ, van Vliet P, 'Attentional focus in motor learning for musculoskeletal dysfunction: A systematic review', Journal of Physiotherapy eSupplement 2013 APA Conference Abstracts, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsSuzanne Snodgrass, Jodie Marquez
2013Callister R, Dunn A, Marsden DL, Spratt NJ, Van Vliet P, 'How has the 6 minute walk test been used in the stroke population? A Systematic Review with meta-analysis', International Journal of Stroke, Brisbane (2013) [E3]
DOI10.1111/ijs.12172
Co-authorsNeil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013Marquez J, Van Vliet P, McElduff P, Lagopoulos J, Parsons M, 'Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): is it effective as a stroke therapy?: a systematic review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsMark Parsons, Jodie Marquez
2013Miller J, Marquez J, Van Vliet P, Lagopoulos J, Parsons M, 'Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: A randomised controlled trial to investigate the effects on upper limb function in chronic stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsJodie Marquez, Mark Parsons
2013Dunn A, Marsden DL, Spratt NJ, Van Vliet P, Callister R, 'How has the 6 minute walk test been used in the stroke population? A Systematic Review with meta-analysis', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsNeil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013Cunningham P, Turton AJ, Heron E, Longley V, van Wijck F, Sackley CM, et al., 'A pilot study for a randomised controlled trial of home based reach-to-grasp training for people after stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
Author URL
2012Van Vliet PM, Pelton T, Wing A, 'Hand-arm coordination after stroke: A comparison of prehension deficits following cortical and subcortical lesions', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
2011Coupar F, Legg L, Pollock A, Sackley C, Van Vliet PM, 'Home-based therapy programmes for upper limb functional recovery following stroke', International Journal of Stroke, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E3]
2011Hollands K, Van Vliet PM, Humphreys G, Hollands M, 'The eyes have it! A putative mechanism for facilitatory effects of vidual cueing on turning in stroke survivors', Abstracts of the 6th International Posture Symposium, Slovakia (2011) [E3]
2006Durham KF, Vliet PMV, Sackley CM, Badger F, 'Exploring the attentional focus of feedback in retraining the hemiplegic arm.' (2006)
2005Van Vliet PM, 'Physiotherapy for the upper limb.', Orthotic management and related therapies after stroke, Ellecom, Netherlands (2005) [E1]
2004Van Vliet PM, 'Physiotherapy management of the upper limb after stroke: Recovery and training of motor function.', Report of a consensus conference on the orthotic management of stroke patients., Ellecom, Netherlands (2004) [E1]
1991Van Vliet PM, 'Characteristics of normal reaching movements', Proceedings of the 11th Congress for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, London (1991) [E1]
1991Van Vliet PM, 'Case studies on the training of grasp in stroke patients', Proceedings of the 11th Congress for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, London (1991) [E1]
1990Van Vliet PM, 'The role of environmental context in the planning and control of reaching movements.', Proceedings of the 3rd International Physiotherapy Congress, Hong Kong (1990) [E1]
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Patent (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Van Vliet PM, Feedback Device.Patent application (2008)
Author URL

Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Pelton TP, Vliet PMV, Hollands K, 'Interventions to improve reach to grasp following stroke: Systematic review', ( pp.http-//www.joannabriggs.edu.au/protocols/Prot): Joanna Briggs Institute (2009)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1998Van Vliet PM, Investigation of reaching movements following stroke, University of Nottingham (1998) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants34
Total funding$6,460,019

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20155 grants / $2,497,883

Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery$1,108,359

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Julie Bernhardt, Professor Michael Nilsson, Dr Leeanne Carey, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Dr Dominique Cadilhac, Professor Christopher Bladin, Professor Sandy Middleton, Professor Geoff Donnan, Professor Mark Parsons, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi
SchemeCentres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Clinical Research Excellence
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401448
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery$1,108,359

Funding body: University of Melbourne

Funding bodyUniversity of Melbourne
Project TeamAssociate Professor Julie Bernhardt, Professor Michael Nilsson, Dr Leeanne Carey, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Dr Dominique Cadilhac, Professor Christopher Bladin, Professor Sandy Middleton, Professor Geoff Donnan, Professor Mark Parsons, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi
SchemeShared
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401448
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Portable motor rehab device to improve arm movement after stroke$235,165

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Michael Nilsson, Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill, MELISSA Knight, Professor Irene Hudson, Mr Jeffrey Julian, Mr Luke Simmons
SchemeDevelopment Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400746
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Effects of aerobic exercise combined with task-specific training on neuroplasticity in (sub) chronic stroke$36,000

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding bodyNational Stroke Foundation
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson
SchemeSeed Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500579
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson, Professor Robin Callister, Miss Sarah Valkenborghs
SchemeJennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500652
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20142 grants / $95,000

Establishment of a chronic neck pain research program for the investigation of neural and kinematic biomarkers as new targets for treatment$75,000

Funding body: Ramaciotti Foundations

Funding bodyRamaciotti Foundations
Project TeamAssociate Professor Suzanne Snodgrass, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Darren Rivett, Doctor Patrick McElduff
SchemeEstablishment Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1300857
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Funding to assist participant recruitment in stroke limb research studies$20,000

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding bodyHunter New England Local Health District
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeStroke Service
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401529
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20131 grants / $6,355

Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: neural correlates and prognostic indicators$6,355

Funding body: MRC Medical Research Council UK

Funding bodyMRC Medical Research Council UK
Project TeamProfessor Valerie Pomeroy, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeEfficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300618
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20126 grants / $39,494

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A new modality in stroke rehabilitation$17,367

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding bodyNational Stroke Foundation
Project TeamMrs Jodie Marquez, Professor Mark Parsons, Associate Professor Jim Lagopoulos, Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101038
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Development of a prototype to measure arm coordination$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Irene Hudson
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200699
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Visual Cue training to improve walking and turning after stroke: a pilot study$7,378

Funding body: Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Funding bodyHeart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Project TeamMs Kristen Hollands, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Cath Sackley, Dr Andrew Wimperis, Dr Kathryn Wilde
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101003
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

Correlation between elbow and hand movements in a modified reach to grasp task after stroke$3,000

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding bodyNational Stroke Foundation
Project TeamMiss Kate Broome, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeHonours Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200714
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Scientific Meeting, Sydney Convention Centre 29-31 August 2012$875

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200718
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Stroke Society of Australasia 2012 Scientific Meeting, Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney, 29 - 31 August 2012$874

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200891
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20112 grants / $1,555,985

Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: neural correlates and prognostic indicators$1,554,935

Funding body: Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, UK

Funding bodyMedical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, UK
Project Team
SchemeEfficacy and Mechanisms Programme
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Stroke Society Australiasia Annual Scientific Meeeting, Adelaide Convention Centre, 14 - 16 September 2011$1,050

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100836
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20103 grants / $1,367,933

Mapping, recovery and remediation of arm coordination deficits after stroke$659,207

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Paulette Van Vliet
SchemeFuture Fellowships
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000441
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Visual cue training to improve walking and turning after stroke.$437,665

Funding body: NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Funding bodyNIHR National Institute for Health Research
Project Team
SchemeResearch for Patient Benefit
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Pilot study for a random-ized controlled trial of task-specific reach-to-grasp training at home.$271,061

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding bodyStroke Association UK
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20092 grants / $179,904

Comparison of arm coordination in patients with parietal and cerebellar lesions and pilot therapy study.$153,000

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding bodyStroke Association UK
Project Team
SchemeResearch Bursary
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

GRASP - Feedback device for stroke rehabilita-tion.$26,904

Funding body: East Midlands Development Agency

Funding bodyEast Midlands Development Agency
Project Team
SchemeInnovation Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20071 grants / $210,018

Changes to whole body coordination during walking after stroke: quantitative analyses and pilot therapy study$210,018

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding bodyStroke Association UK
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20065 grants / $93,151

Motion analysis system$37,876

Funding body: Remedi

Funding bodyRemedi
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Feedback device for stroke rehabilitation$36,592

Funding body: Spinner Pathfinder Grant

Funding bodySpinner Pathfinder Grant
Project Team
SchemeCommerical
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Coordination of reach-to-grasp following stroke$8,500

Funding body: School of Health Sciences

Funding bodySchool of Health Sciences
Project Team
SchemePost doctoral grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Home based therapy programmes for upper limb recovery following stroke: a Cochrane Systematic Review.$8,483

Funding body: Chest, Heart and Stroke Association

Funding bodyChest, Heart and Stroke Association
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Adaptability of whole-body co-ordination during walking in stroke survivors and healthy adults$1,700

Funding body: School of Health Sciences

Funding bodySchool of Health Sciences
Project Team
SchemeProject
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20051 grants / $153,000

Effects of external-focus feedback on motor skill acquisition after stroke.$153,000

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding bodyStroke Association UK
Project Team
SchemeResearch Bursary
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2009
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19981 grants / $16,156

An observation study of physiotherapy treatment of stroke patients$16,156

Funding body: Remedi

Funding bodyRemedi
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19971 grants / $7,140

Reliability of the Modified Ashworth Scale for the lower limb in stroke patients$7,140

Funding body: Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Funding bodyPhysiotherapy Research Foundation
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1998
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19951 grants / $166,600

Comparison of a UK and a Movement Science approach to the treatment of stroke$166,600

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding bodyStroke Association UK
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19941 grants / $10,200

Purchase of motion analysis system$10,200

Funding body: Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Funding bodyPhysiotherapy Research Foundation
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1996
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

19931 grants / $6,800

Development of teaching package on Biomechanics Workstation software for analysing movement$6,800

Funding body: Coventry University

Funding bodyCoventry University
Project Team
SchemeDevelopment grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1994
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19901 grants / $54,400

Exercise-induced muscle damage: causes and prevention$54,400

Funding body: Coventry University

Funding bodyCoventry University
Project Team
SchemeProject grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1990
Funding Finish1993
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015An Investigation of Neuroplasticity Underlying the Effects of Combining Arm Task Specific Training and Aerobic Exercise After Stroke
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014ComPoSE - Combined Physical and SEnsOry training to improve arm function after stroke
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014Head Moulding in Preterm Infants: Incidence, Severity and Risk Factor
Occupational Health & Safety, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014An Investigation of Neuroplasticity Underlying the Effects of Combining Arm Task Specific Training and Aerobic Exercise after Stroke
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014Aerobic Exercise to Increase Efficacy of Task-Specific Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke: A Feasibility Study
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014An Investigation of Neuroplasticity Underlying the Effects of Combining Arm Task Specific Training and Aerobic Exercise After Stroke
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2013Establishing an fMRI Biomarker for Recovery of Arm Coordination after Stroke. Towards Identification of Lesions in the Brain Post Stroke. A Mapping and Image Analytic Paradigm
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2012Prevention of Stroke Through Improving Fitness
Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011Mathematical Methods for Molecular Drug Discovery, Biomarker Identification- Towards New Paradigms of Drug Efficacy and Safety
Statistics, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2009Hand-arm coordination after stroke
Psychology, University of Birmingham
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 External focus feedback for motor skill acquisition after stroke
Physiotherapy, Unknown
Principal Supervisor
2010Stroke-related differences in axial body segment coordination during preplanned and reactive changes in walking direction.
Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham
Principal Supervisor
2007Perception and action after stroke: the effect of affordance on the reach-to-grasp movement
Physiotherapy, Unknown
Co-Supervisor
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News

Professor Paulette Van Vliet

Funding for stroke rehabilitation

April 14, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Paulette Van Vliet from the School of Health Sciences on her successful application for an NHMRC Development Grant for the continued development of the Arm Movement Measurement (ArMM) device.

Professor Paulette Van Vliet

Position

Future Fellow
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Physiotherapy

Contact Details

Emailpaulette.vanvliet@newcastle.edu.au
Phone02 49217833
Fax0249217053

Office

RoomHA56
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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