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Lisa Bunn

  • PhD Neuroscience, BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • Programme lead MClinRes and Lecturer of Clinical Research
  • University of Plymouth
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Dr Lisa Bunn is a trained physiotherapist and academic researcher. Lisa has experience of core and specialist areas of adult and paediatric neurology and neurorehabilitation services in the NHS. In 2006 Lisa commenced a PhD in neuroscience investigating cerebellar ataxia and sensory mechanisms of balance control. During this time she worked in the London specialist ataxia clinic led by Dr Paola Giunti at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH. Immediately following her PhD completion, Lisa conducted a pilot feasibility study of a future planned randomised controlled trial investigating a newly designed therapy for ataxic balance targeting newly established disease processes (informed by PhD study). Lisa transitioned to Plymouth University in 2011. At Plymouth Lisa has established herself as a generic academic, teaching at under and post-graduate levels and leading the final year neurological physiotherapy teaching programme. Lisa qualified as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGCAP gained 2014). Lisa's main research interests are in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and translational neuroscience. Lisa has numerous invited presentations both nationally and internationally and has recently has enjoyed an international collaborative visit to the University of Hasselt's human motion analysis laboratories. Lisa prides herself in ensuring dissemination of her research projects to a wide range of audiences including scientific, academic, patient and physiotherapy populations and publications regularly appear in periodicals and patient newsletters in addition to presentations undertaken and peer reviewed publications in manuscripts. In 2014 Lisa took a career break as maternity leave. Lisa is currently employed as a lecturer of clinical research. During her post-doctoral career Lisa has been a member of the scientific committee and executive committee for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (vice-chair of the Research and Development committee) and the Research Officer of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology. Lisa currently supervises at BSc, MSc, MClinRes and PhD levels and in her mission is to facilitate clinical research. Her goal for the coming year is to secure a grant as a principal investigator in order to conduct a fully powered randomised controlled trial of the novel physiotherapy intervention designed following PhD study.

Recent publications

  • Investigating feasibility of use of an Android Smart Phone Application (MoveIt) as a clinical outcome measure

  • Physiotherapy management of the ataxias towards best clinical practice: 2016 guideline update


Professional experience

Programme lead MClinRes and Lecturer of Clinical Research

University of Plymouth

April 2011 - Present


School of Education

University of Plymouth

September 2013 - September 2014(a year)

Institute of Neurology

University College London

September 2006 - December 2010(4 years)

School of Health Professions

University of the West of England

September 2000 - July 2003(3 years)

Co-authors (46)

  • Emma Cowley
  • jonathan Marsden
  • Chris Harris
  • Jonathan Waddington