Professor Paulette Van Vliet

Professor Paulette Van Vliet

Professor

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 Professor Paulette van Vliet has collaborated internationally to develop the world's first wearable device designed to improve the arm function of people living with stroke. The Arm Movement Measure (ArMM) device will help people living with stroke to reach their potential in their own homes, including those in remote communities where physiotherapy services are often limited. With the number of people in living with stroke expected to almost double by 2032, the ArMM device will have a significant impact both here and abroad.

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

"As therapists we had to fight to be allowed to treat the arm for as long as we wanted. 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 with 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 a research ARC Fellowship with the University of Newcastle, culminating in the innovation of the ArMM device. The 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 costing 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.

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Paulette Van Vliet

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

Code Description Percentage
110317 Physiotherapy 65
110904 Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases 15
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/10/2015 Fellow 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 vanVliet 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)
2012 F FVW, Vliet PMV, 'Perceptuomotor Control', Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions, Churchill Linvingstone, Edinburgh 65-86 (2012)
2012 Wijcke FV, Vliet PMV, 'Perceptuomotor Learning', Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions, Churchill Linvingstone, Edinburgh 87-108 (2012)
2012 Van 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]
2006 Van 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]
2002 Van Vliet PM, 'Early management of a stroke patient', Neurological Physiotherapy: Bases of evidence for practice, Whurr, London, UK 7-23 (2002) [B1]
1999 Van Vliet PM, 'Reaching, pointing and using two hands together', Functional Human Movement: Measurement and Analysis., Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, UK 147-158 (1999) [B1]
1995 Van 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 (59 outputs)

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2016 Cunningham P, Turton AJ, Van Wijck F, Van Vliet P, 'Task-specific reach-to-grasp training after stroke: Development and description of a home-based intervention', Clinical Rehabilitation, 30 731-740 (2016) [C1]

© The Author(s) 2015.This series of articles for rehabilitation in practice aims to cover a knowledge element of the rehabilitation medicine curriculum. Nevertheless they are int... [more]

© The Author(s) 2015.This series of articles for rehabilitation in practice aims to cover a knowledge element of the rehabilitation medicine curriculum. Nevertheless they are intended to be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience. The competency addressed in this article is to transparently describe the process of developing a complex intervention for people after stroke as part of a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Objective: To describe and justify the development of a home-based, task-specific upper limb training intervention to improve reach-to-grasp after stroke and pilot it for feasibility and acceptability prior to a randomized controlled trial. Intervention description: The intervention is based on intensive practice of whole reach-to-grasp tasks and part-practice of essential reach-to-grasp components. A 'pilot' manual of activities covering the domains of self-care, leisure and productivity was developed for the feasibility study. The intervention comprises 14 hours of therapist-delivered sessions over six weeks, with additional self-practice recommended for 42 hours (i.e. one hour every day). As part of a feasibility randomized controlled trial, 24 people with a wide range of upper limb impairment after stroke experienced the intervention to test adherence and acceptability. The median number of repetitions in one-hour therapist-delivered sessions was 157 (interquartile range IQR 96-211). The amount of self-practice was poorly documented. Where recorded, the median amount of practice was 30 minutes (interquartile range 22-45) per day. Findings demonstrated that the majority of participants found the intensity, content and level of difficulty of the intervention acceptable, and the programme to be beneficial. Comments on the content and presentation of the self-practice material were incorporated in a revised 'final' intervention manual. Discussion: A comprehensive training intervention to improve reach-to-grasp for people living at home after stroke has been described in accordance with the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) reporting guidelines. The intervention has been piloted, and found to be acceptable and feasible in the home setting. Trial registration: ISRCTN56716589

DOI 10.1177/0269215515603438
2016 Wolf SL, Kwakkel G, Bayley M, McDOnnell MN, Upper Extremity Stroke Algorithm Working Group, Van Vliet PM, 'Best practice for arm recovery post stroke: an international application', Physiotherapy, 102 1-4 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.physio.2015.08.007
2016 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, van Vliet P, Balandin S, 'Use of the My Health Record by people with communication disability in Australia: A review to inform the design and direction of future research.', HIM J, (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1833358316652060
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley, Isabel Higgins
2016 Van Vliet P, Hunter SM, Donaldson C, Pomeroy V, 'Using the TIDieR checklist to standardize the description of a functional strength training intervention for the upper limb after stroke', Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 40 203-208 (2016) [C1]

Copyright © 2016 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.Background and Purpose: Published reports of intervention in randomized controlled trials are often poorly described. The ... [more]

Copyright © 2016 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.Background and Purpose: Published reports of intervention in randomized controlled trials are often poorly described. The Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist has been recently developed to improve the reporting of interventions. The aim of this article is to describe a therapy intervention used in the stroke rehabilitation trial, "Clinical Efficacy of Functional Strength Training for Upper Limb Motor Recovery Early After Stroke: Neural Correlates and Prognostic Indicators" (FAST-INdICATE), using TIDieR. Methods: The functional strength training intervention used in the FAST-INdICATE trial was described using TIDieR so that intervention can be replicated by both clinicians, who may implement it in practice, and researchers, who may deliver it in future research. The usefulness of TIDieR in the context of a complex stroke rehabilitation intervention was then discussed. Results and Discussion: The TIDieR checklist provided a systematic way of describing a treatment intervention used in a clinical trial of stroke rehabilitation. Clarification is needed regarding several aspects of the TIDieR checklist, including in which section to report about the development of the intervention in pilot studies, results of feasibility studies; overlap between training and procedures for assessing fidelity; and where to publish supplementary material so that it remains in the public domain. Conclusions: TIDieR is a systematic way of reporting the intervention delivered in a clinical trial of a complex intervention such as stroke rehabilitation. This approach may also have value for standardizing intervention in clinical practice.

DOI 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000133
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2015 Marquez 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) [C1]

© 2013 World Stroke Organization.Transcranial direct current stimulation has been gaining increasing interest as a potential therapeutic treatment in stroke recovery. We performe... [more]

© 2013 World Stroke Organization.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.

DOI 10.1111/ijs.12169
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2015 Pelton TA, Wing AM, Fraser D, van Vliet P, 'Differential effects of parietal and cerebellar stroke in response to object location perturbation', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Pelton, Wing, Fraser and van Vliet.Background: The differential contributions of the cerebellum and parietal lobe to coordination between hand transport and hand shaping t... [more]

© 2015 Pelton, Wing, Fraser and van Vliet.Background: The differential contributions of the cerebellum and parietal lobe to coordination between hand transport and hand shaping to an object have not been clearly identified. Objective: To contrast impairments in reach-to-grasp coordination, in response to object location perturbation, in patients with right parietal and cerebellar lesions, in order to further elucidate the role of each area in reach-to-grasp coordination. Method: A two-factor design with one between subject factor (right parietal stroke; cerebellar stroke; controls) and one within subject factor (presence or absence of object location perturbation) examined correction processes used to maintain coordination between transport-to-grasp in the presence of perturbation. Sixteen chronic stroke participants (eight with right parietal lesions and eight with cerebellar lesions) were matched in age (mean = 61 years; standard deviation = 12) and hand dominance with 16 healthy controls. Hand and arm movements were recorded during unperturbed baseline trials (10) and unpredictable trials (60) in which the target was displaced to the left (10) or right (10) or remained fixed (40). Results: Cerebellar patients had a slowed response to perturbation with anticipatory hand opening, an increased number of aperture peaks and disruption to temporal coordination, and greater variability. Parietal participants also exhibited slowed movements, with increased number of aperture peaks, but in addition, increased the number of velocity peaks and had a longer wrist path trajectory due to difficulties planning the new transport goal and thus relying more on feedback control. Conclusion: Patients with parietal or cerebellar lesions showed some similar and some contrasting deficits. The cerebellum was more dominant in controlling temporal coupling between transport and grasp components, and the parietal area was more concerned with using sensation to relate arm and hand state to target position.

DOI 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00293
2015 Dunn 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 1-28 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1155/2015/484813
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Robin Callister, Neil Spratt, John Attia
2015 Hollands KL, Pelton TA, Wimperis A, Whitham D, Tan W, Jowett S, et al., 'Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of visual cue training to improve adaptability of walking after stroke: Multi-centre, single-blind randomised control pilot trial', PLoS ONE, 10 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Hollands et al.Objectives: Given the importance of vision in the control of walking and evidence indicating varied practice of walking improves mobility outcomes, this stu... [more]

© 2015 Hollands et al.Objectives: Given the importance of vision in the control of walking and evidence indicating varied practice of walking improves mobility outcomes, this study sought to examine the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of varied walking practice in response to visual cues, for the rehabilitation of walking following stroke. Design: This 3 arm parallel, multi-centre, assessor blind, randomised control trial was conducted within outpatient neurorehabilitation services Participants: Community dwelling stroke survivors with walking speed <0.8m/s, lower limb paresis and no severe visual impairments Intervention: Over-ground visual cue training (O-VCT), Treadmill based visual cue training (T-VCT), and Usual care (UC) delivered by physiotherapists twice weekly for 8 weeks. Main outcome measures: Participants were randomised using computer generated random permutated balanced blocks of randomly varying size. Recruitment, retention, adherence, adverse events and mobility and balance were measured before randomisation, postintervention and at four weeks follow-up. Results: Fifty-six participants participated (18 T-VCT, 19 O-VCT, 19 UC). Thirty-four completed treatment and follow-up assessments. Of the participants that completed, adherence was good with 16 treatments provided over (median of) 8.4, 7.5 and 9 weeks for T-VCT, O-VCT and UC respectively. No adverse events were reported. Post-treatment improvements in walking speed, symmetry, balance and functional mobility were seen in all treatment arms. Conclusions: Outpatient based treadmill and over-ground walking adaptability practice using visual cues are feasible and may improve mobility and balance. Future studies should continue a carefully phased approach using identified methods to improve retention. Trial Registration: Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01600391. Copyright:

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0139261
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Shaun Mccarthy, Bronwyn Hemsley, Isabel Higgins
2014 Pomeroy 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 pl... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1111/ijs.12179
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2014 Durham 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 comp... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.physio.2013.03.004
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
2014 Snodgrass 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]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.Evidence is emerging for central nervous system (CNS) changes in the presence of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. Motor control exercises, and potentiall... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.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.

DOI 10.1016/j.math.2014.01.006
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Suzanne Snodgrass, Peter Stanwell
2013 Turton 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)
2013 Ali 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]
DOI 10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.001126
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11
2013 Sturmberg 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2013.07.002
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass
2013 Ali 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)
DOI 10.1177/1545968312454683
Citations Web of Science - 10
2013 van 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]
DOI 10.1177/1545968313483578
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2013 Hollands 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]
DOI 10.1186/1745-6215-14-276
Citations Scopus - 3
2013 Turton 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]
DOI 10.1186/1745-6215-14-109
Citations Web of Science - 7
2012 VanVliet 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)
2012 Van 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]
2012 Ali M, Bath P, Brady M, Davis S, Diener HC, Donnan G, et al., 'Development, expansion, and use of a stroke clinical trials resource for novel exploratory analyses', International Journal of Stroke, 7 133-138 (2012)

Introduction: Analysis of reliable registry data can direct future research to influence clinical care. Data from the Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive have been used to... [more]

Introduction: Analysis of reliable registry data can direct future research to influence clinical care. Data from the Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive have been used to test hypotheses and inform trial design. We sought to expand Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive into a broader stroke resource with new opportunities for research and international collaboration. Methods: Using procedures initially developed for an acute stroke trial archive, we invited trialists to lodge data on rehabilitation, secondary prevention, intracerebral haemorrhage, imaging, and observational stroke studies. Results: We have extended Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive into six subsections: Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Acute (n=28190 patients' data), Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Rehab (n=10194), Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-intracerebral haemorrhage (n=1829), Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Prevention, Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Imaging (n=1300), and Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Plus (n=6573). Enrollment continues, with commitments for the contribution of six further trials to Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Prevention, 13 trials to Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Rehab, and one registry to Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive-Plus. Data on age, type of stroke, medical history, outcomes by modified Rankin scale and Barthel Index (BI), mortality, and adverse events are available for analyses. The Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive network encourages the development of young investigators and provides opportunities for international peer review and collaboration. Conclusions: Application of the original Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive concepts beyond acute stroke trials can extend the value of clinical research at low cost, without threatening commercial or intellectual property interests. This delivers valuable research output to inform the efficiency of future stroke research. We invite stroke researchers to participate actively in Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive and encourage the extension of Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive principles to other disease areas. © 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Stroke © 2012 World Stroke Organization.

DOI 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2011.00735.x
Citations Scopus - 37
2012 Hollands 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]
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 14
2012 Coupar 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]
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD006755.pub2
Citations Web of Science - 8
2012 Pelton 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]
Citations Scopus - 8
2012 Van Vliet PM, Carey L, Nilsson M, 'Targeting stroke treatment to the individual', International Journal of Stroke, 7 480-481 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Michael Nilsson
2012 Hollands 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]
2011 Pelton 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2012.00261.x
2011 Pelton 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)
2010 Wing 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]
2010 Johannsen 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]
DOI 10.1177/1545968309347679
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 7
2010 Ali 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2010.00485.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2010 Hollands 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]
DOI 10.1007/s00221-010-2162-1
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
2009 Cheeran 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]
DOI 10.1177/1545968308326636
Citations Scopus - 75Web of Science - 63
2009 Hollands 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]
DOI 10.1177/1545968309348508
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 18
2009 Pelton TP, Van Vliet P, Hollands K, 'Interventions to improve reach to grasp following stroke: Systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 7 1-21 (2009)
2009 Van Vliet PM, Sheridan M, 'Ability to adjust reach extent in the hemiplegic arm.', Physiotherapy, 95 176-184 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.physio.2009.03.004
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2009 Durham 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]
DOI 10.1002/pri.431
Citations Scopus - 29
2007 Van Vliet PM, 'Coordination of arm and hand in reach-to-grasp following stroke', Synapse, Autumn/Winter 5-8 (2007) [C1]
2007 Coupar 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]
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD006755
2007 Van 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.apmr.2007.06.769
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 28
2006 VanVliet PM, Heneghan N, 'Motor control and musculoskeletal dysfunction.', Manual Therapy, 11 208-213 (2006)
2006 Van Vliet PM, Wulf G, 'Extrinsic feedback for motor learning after stroke: what is the evidence?', Disability and Rehabilitation, 28 831-840 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09638280500534937
Citations Scopus - 125Web of Science - 100
2006 Van Vliet PM, Heneghan N, 'Motor control and the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction', Manual Therapy, 11 208-213 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2006.03.009
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 27
2005 Van 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]
DOI 10.1136/jnnp.2004.040436
Citations Scopus - 61Web of Science - 45
2002 Blackburn 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]
Citations Scopus - 139Web of Science - 111
2001 Van Vliet PM, Lincoln N, Robinson E, 'Comparison of the content of two physiotherapy approaches for stroke.', Clinical Rehabilitation, 15 398-414 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 25
2001 Van Vliet PM, Turton A, 'Directions in retraining reaching.', Critical Reviews in Physical Rehabil Med, 13 313-338 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
1998 vanVliet P, 'Co-ordination of grasp and components in the reaching of stroke patients', Physiotherapy, 84 397-398. Abstract (1998)
1996 Van Vliet PM, 'Improving arm function in stroke patients by task-specific training', Synapse, Spring 6-7 (1996) [C1]
1995 Van Vliet PM, 'Improving the infrastructure for research.', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 11 65-66 (1995) [C1]
1995 Van 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]
Citations Scopus - 32
1995 VanVliet PM, 'Improving the infrastructure for research. Editorial', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 11 (1995)
1993 Van 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]
Citations Scopus - 8
1992 Van Vliet PM, 'A cross-disciplinary contribution to physiotherapy. Editorial', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 8 129-129 (1992) [C1]
1991 Van Vliet P, Virji-Babul N, 'Introduction: Issues in the training of postural control (Cambridge July 1991)', Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 7 251 (1991)
1990 Van Vliet PM, Wing A, 'A new challenge - robotics in the rehabilitation of the neurologically motor impaired.', Physical Therapy, 71 39-57 (1990) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 9
1990 Van Vliet PM, 'Context, task and eliciting movement', The Efferents, 10 21-24 (1990) [C1]
1988 Van 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 (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 van Wijck F, Cunningham P, Turton A, Sackley C, Rodgers C, Wolf S, et al., 'Home-based reach-to-grasp training for people after stroke: A feasibility randomized controlled trial', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2015) [E3]
2015 Van Vliet P, van Wijck F, Cunningham P, Sackley C, Rogers C, Wolf S, et al., 'Home-based reach-to-grasp training for people after stroke: A feasibility randomised controlled trial', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2015) [E3]
2015 Gopaul U, Van Vliet P, 'Progressive resistance training improves muscle strength of paretic lower limb in chronic stroke patients: A systematic review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2015) [E3]
2014 Dunn 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]
Co-authors Neil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013 Sturmberg 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 (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass
2013 Callister 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 (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/ijs.12172
Co-authors Neil Spratt, Robin Callister
2013 Marquez 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]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2013 Miller 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]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2013 Cunningham 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]
2012 Van 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 (2012) [E3]
2011 Coupar 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 (2011) [E3]
2011 Hollands 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 (2011) [E3]
2006 Durham KF, Vliet PMV, Sackley CM, Badger F, 'Exploring the attentional focus of feedback in retraining the hemiplegic arm.' (2006)
2005 Van Vliet PM, 'Physiotherapy for the upper limb.', Orthotic management and related therapies after stroke (2005) [E1]
2004 Van 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. (2004) [E1]
1991 Van Vliet PM, 'Characteristics of normal reaching movements', Proceedings of the 11th Congress for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (1991) [E1]
1991 Van Vliet PM, 'Case studies on the training of grasp in stroke patients', Proceedings of the 11th Congress for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (1991) [E1]
1990 Van Vliet PM, 'The role of environmental context in the planning and control of reaching movements.', Proceedings of the 3rd International Physiotherapy Congress (1990) [E1]
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Patent (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Van Vliet PM, Feedback Device.Patent application (2008)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

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

Summary

Number of grants 38
Total funding $6,722,249

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


20161 grants / $9,600

ComPoSE - Combined Physical and Sensory training to improve arm function after stroke $9,600

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson, Miss Urvashy Gopaul, Ms Huiqiao Tian
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600920
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20157 grants / $2,740,518

Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery$1,223,727

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate 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
Scheme Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Clinical Research Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1401448
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery$1,223,727

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate 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
Scheme Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Clinical Research Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1401448
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Portable motor rehab device to improve arm movement after stroke$241,064

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Michael Nilsson, MELISSA Knight, Professor Irene Hudson, Mr Jeffrey Julian, Mr Luke Simmons
Scheme Development Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400746
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson
Scheme Seed Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500579
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson, Professor Robin Callister, Miss Sarah Valkenborghs
Scheme Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500652
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Emlyn and Jennie Thomas Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship (extension)$5,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Miss Ashlee Dunn, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Robin Callister, Doctor Neil Spratt
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501024
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Stroke Society of Australasia, Melbourne Australia, 2-4 September 2015$1,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501044
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Ramaciotti Foundations
Project Team Associate Professor Suzanne Snodgrass, Associate Professor Peter Stanwell, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Darren Rivett, Doctor Patrick McElduff
Scheme Establishment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1300857
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Stroke Service
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401529
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20132 grants / $16,350

Charting the course for safe care: The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and adults with communication disabilities$9,995

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301089
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body MRC Medical Research Council UK
Project Team Professor Valerie Pomeroy, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300618
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20126 grants / $39,494

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

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Mrs Jodie Marquez, Professor Mark Parsons, Associate Professor Jim Lagopoulos, Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101038
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Doctor James Welsh, Professor Irene Hudson
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200699
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Funding body Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Project Team Ms Kristen Hollands, Professor Paulette Van Vliet, Professor Cath Sackley, Dr Andrew Wimperis, Dr Kathryn Wilde
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101003
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

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

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Miss Kate Broome, Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Honours Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200714
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200718
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200891
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, UK
Project Team

Valerie Pomeroy

Scheme Efficacy and Mechanisms Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100836
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20103 grants / $1,367,933

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Paulette Van Vliet
Scheme Future Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1000441
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Funding body NIHR National Institute for Health Research
Project Team

Dr Kristen Hollands

Scheme Research for Patient Benefit
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body Stroke Association UK
Project Team

Dr Ailie Turton

Scheme Project grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body Stroke Association UK
Project Team

Professor Alan Wing

Scheme Research Bursary
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Funding body: East Midlands Development Agency

Funding body East Midlands Development Agency
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Innovation Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body Stroke Association UK
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Project grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20065 grants / $93,151

Motion analysis system$37,876

Funding body: Remedi

Funding body Remedi
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Project grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Feedback device for stroke rehabilitation$36,592

Funding body: Spinner Pathfinder Grant

Funding body Spinner Pathfinder Grant
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Commerical
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Funding body: School of Health Sciences

Funding body School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Post doctoral grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Funding body: Chest, Heart and Stroke Association

Funding body Chest, Heart and Stroke Association
Project Team

Fiona Coupar

Scheme Project grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Funding body: School of Health Sciences

Funding body School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Kristen Hollands

Scheme Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20051 grants / $153,000

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

Funding body: Stroke Association UK

Funding body Stroke Association UK
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Research Bursary
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

19981 grants / $16,156

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

Funding body: Remedi

Funding body Remedi
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Project grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body Physiotherapy Research Foundation
Project Team

Marjan Blackburn

Scheme Project grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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 body Stroke Association UK
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Project grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

19941 grants / $10,200

Purchase of motion analysis system$10,200

Funding body: Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Funding body Physiotherapy Research Foundation
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Project grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

19931 grants / $6,800

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

Funding body: Coventry University

Funding body Coventry University
Project Team

Paulette van Vliet

Scheme Development grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1994
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

19901 grants / $54,400

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

Funding body: Coventry University

Funding body Coventry University
Project Team

Mike Gleeson

Scheme Project grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1990
Funding Finish 1993
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.3
PhD3.15

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The cognitive neuroscience of multisensory processing and agency in stroke survivors: from theory to rehabilitation
PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD ComPoSE - Combined Physical and SEnsOry training to improve arm function after stroke
PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters Head Moulding in Preterm Infants: Incidence, Severity and Risk Factor
M Philosophy (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Investigation and development of sensor-based devices for rehabilitation of upper limb function after stroke.
PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Aerobic Exercise to Increase Efficacy of Task-Specific Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke: A Feasibility Study
PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD The Measurement and Improvement of Fitness Post Stroke
PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Hand-arm coordination after stroke
Psychology, University of Birmingham
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD External focus feedback for motor skill acquisition after stroke
Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Stroke-related differences in axial body segment coordination during preplanned and reactive changes in walking direction.
Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham
Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD Perception and action after stroke: the effect of affordance on the reach-to-grasp movement
Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
United Kingdom 59
Australia 31
United States 8
Sweden 3
Germany 1
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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

Professor
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Physiotherapy

Contact Details

Email paulette.vanvliet@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 49217833
Fax 0249217053

Office

Room HA56
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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