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Rade studied for a BSc in Biophysics at University of East Anglia (awarded 1986). It was here that he 1st got interested in Neuroscience. He followed this up with a Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh.

He then moved to London, initially at the Sherrington School of Physiology, UMDS, St Thomas’ Hospital with Professor Antony Taylor, and subsequently together with Professor Peter Ellaway at Imperial College London (Charing Hospital Site), working on understanding the role that the muscle spindle plays in movement control. He completed on a part-time basis both an MSc in Neurophysiology Basis of Behaviour and a PhD (awarded 2001).

Upon completing his PhD, Rade stayed at Imperial College London, initially as a Senior Research Fellow then as a Research Lecturer.

Rade moved to Northumbria University in 2007 to take up the post of Senior Lecturer, where he teaches Neuroscience and Muscle Physiology on several programmes, including the 1st year of a Medical Degree (DipHE Med Sci) run in partnership with St George’s University Grenada. He is programme leader for the DipHE Med Sci.

Research interests

My general research area is on understanding the role that sensory feedback from muscle related to length, as provided by the specialised muscle spindle receptor, is involved in movement output and regulation. Most recent focus has been on examining how aging affects this feedback interaction with cortical drive for movement, as provided by the corticospinal pathway.

Am also interested in the role that muscle spindle feedback plays in tremor associated to the diseased state, such as Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.

Education/Academic qualification

Neurosciences, PhD, Intrafusal Muscle Fibre Components of Fusimotor Function

1 Oct 19951 Nov 2001

Award Date: 1 Nov 2001

Neurosciences, MSc

1 Sept 19901 Sept 1995

Award Date: 1 Sept 1995

Neurosciences, PGDipHE

1 Oct 19861 Jul 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

Biophysics, BSc

1 Sept 19831 Jul 1986

Award Date: 1 Jul 1986


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