Sam Stuart

VC Senior Fellow

Research interests

My overall research goal is to improve mobility and functional capabilities through understanding the relationships between sensory, cognitive, gait and balance features in those with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease or mild traumatic brain injury. My research uses a variety of techniques to untangle the complex interactions between these features, such as mobile devices capable of monitoring physiological responses while walking (e.g. eye-tracker, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG)) simultaneously with laboratory measures (e.g. 3D motion capture, walking mat systems) and body worn sensors to monitor movement (e.g. inertial sensors, electromyography). These innovative techniques, combined with visual and neuro cognitive batteries, allow for the examination of relationships between sensory, cognitive and motor task performance. This approach allows investigation of clinically applied assessments and interventions, which can help to understand and develop novel treatment possibilities both within clinic and free-living.



Research Student Supervision Interests

Please contact me if you have an interest in using modern technologies to examine neurological conditions (such as Parkinson's disease or mild traumatic brain injury / concussion) or physiotherapy assessments/interventions. This includes but not limited to: inertial sensors, eye-tracking, functional near infrared spectroscopy, electroencephalography

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Neurosciences, Newcastle University

    Vision and Gait in Parkinson's disease

    1 Jan 2013 - 17 Jul 2016
  • MSc, Physiotherapy, Northumbria University

    1 Jan 2011 - 21 Dec 2012
  • BSc (Hons), Sports Science, University of Sunderland

    1 Sep 2006 - 5 Jun 2009