Touching Lives - March 2006
Meet the Researchers
How important is research in this area?
People who have had injuries to the nervous system, like a stroke, depend on rehabilitation therapy to recover their independence. In the UK, loss of hand function after stroke is common, so we need to develop effective therapy programmes that can be individualised for a patient’s needs. To do this we need a comprehensive understanding of the disease process and the factors that contribute to disability and/or loss of independence.
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I trained originally as a clinical engineer, and worked at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India, for four years. After this I came to Glasgow to read for a PhD in bioengineering, and then joined the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering Studies in Newcastle as a post doctoral researcher, and continued as a senior research associate on two separate projects funded by Action Medical Research. I finally moved to Keele in 2002, to take up a Lectureship in the School of Health and Rehabilitation.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
The knowledge that this work will benefit people, and training students and researchers to “think laterally” or outside profession-specific boxes.
What would you be if you weren’t a researcher?
Probably a lawyer (hopefully one with a social conscience) or a chef.
What do you do in your free time?
Anusha and I like to experiment with food, or I walk the dogs.
What was the last book you read?
‘A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal’ by Anthony Bourdain — this is an interesting book on weird, yet what is considered by the author as wonderful, food.