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Following qualification as a physiotherapist at the Cambridge School of Physiotherapy and holding a variety of clinical posts Professor Pomeroy obtained a PhD from the School of Medicine, University of Southampton. Between 1996 and 2002 she was Senior Lecturer in Stroke Therapy Research at the University of Manchester and was also Director of The Stroke Association’s Therapy Research Unit. In 2002 she was appointed to the Chair in Rehabilitation for Older People at St George’s University of London where she led the neurorehabilitation research programme. Since 2007 Professor Pomeroy has held the Chair in Neurorehabilitation at UEA.
Professional Qualifications and professional memberships
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology
Society for Research in Rehabilitation
Stroke Society of Australasia
Key Research Interests and Expertise
- Personalised neurorehabilitation
- Stroke recovery and rehabilitation
- Movement control
- Neural correlates of response to specific therapies
My stroke rehabilitation programme is focussed on enhancing recovery of movement control and functional activity through:
- identifying underlying mechanisms of impairment, disability, spontaneous and therapy-enhanced recovery;
- using resultant knowledge to inform the content of rehabilition interventions;
- evaluating interventions in clinical trials.
The emphasis is on Phase I and Phase II studies to enable Phase III trials of defined rehabilitation interventions for well characterised groups of stroke survivors. The programme is enhanced by undertaking biomechanical and neurophysiological studies and also through collaborations with neuroscientists.
Current and recently completed projects
- The effects of standardised physical therapy and functional strength training on upper limb function and neuromuscular weakness after stroke: a pilot study
- The effects of functional strength training on weakness and function of the lower limb after stroke.
- Mobilisation and tactile stimulation to enhance upper limb recovery after stroke: Phase I investigation of acceptable dose, efficacy and underlying mechanisms
- The effects of different intensity of exercise-based physiotherapy on movement control and functional activity after stroke: a systematic review
- Functional strength training to improve walking and upper limb function in people at least 1 year after stroke. A Phase II trial
- Modified cycling early after stroke
- SWIFT Cast
- FAST INdICATE
Cowles T, Clark A, Mares K, Peryer G, Stuck R, Pomeroy VM. Observation-to-Imitate plus Practice could add little to physical therapy benefits within 31 days of stroke. Translational randomized controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2013;27:173-182.
Kerr A, Pomeroy VM, Rowe P, Dall P, Rafferty D. Measuring fluency during the sit to walk movement. Gait & Posture 2013;37:598-602.
Hancock NJ, Shepstone L, Winterbotham W, Pomeroy VM. Effects of lower limb reciprocal pedaling exercise on motor function after stroke: a systematic review of randomized and nonrandomized studies. International Journal of Stroke 2012;7:47-60.
Hunter SM, Hammett L, Ball S, Smith N, Anderson C, Clark A, Tallis RC, Rudd A, Pomeroy VM. Appropriate dose of Mobilisation and Tactile Stimulation to enhance upper limb recovery early after stroke: a phase I trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2011;25(4):314-322.
Cooke EV, Mares K, Clark A, Tallis RC, Pomeroy VM. The effects of increased dose of exercise-based therapies to enhance motor recovery after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine 2010;8:60. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/8/60
Cooke EV, Tallis RC, Clark A, Pomeroy VM. Efficacy of functional strength training on restoration of lower-limb motor function early after stroke: Phase I randomized controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2010;24(1):88-96.
Sharma N, Simmons L, Jones S, Day D, Carpenter A, Pomeroy VM, Warburton E, Baron J-C. Motor Imagery after stroke: a fMRI study. Stroke 2009;40:1315-1324.
Hiscock A, Miller S, Rothwell J, Tallis RC, Pomeroy VM. Informing dose-finding studies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to enhance motor function: a qualitative systematic review. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair 2008;22(3):228-249.
Simmons L. Sharma N, Baron J-C, Pomeroy VM. Feasibility of Motor Imagery after subcortical stroke. Investigation of proportion of people who might benefit, daily dose and potential effects. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2008;22(5):458-467.
Pomeroy VM, Cloud G, Tallis RC, Donaldson C, Nayak V, Miller S. Transcranial magnetic stimulation and muscle contraction to enhance stroke recovery: a randomised proof-of-principle and feasibility investigation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2007;21(6):509-517.
- Visiting lecturer in Movement Science, University Washington in St Louis, USA
- Member of the UK Clinical Research Network Group for Guides to Experimental Medicine
- Associate Editor (Neurology) for “Physiotherapy” from 1998 to present
- International Associate Editor for Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
Contributions to national and international reports/position papers
- Neurological Principles and Rehabilitation of Action Disorders: rehabilitation intervals and rehabilitation of action disorders. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2011;25(5):355-435.
- Taking healthcare interventions from trial to practice. BMJ 2010;341:c3582
- The future of restorative neurosciences in stroke: driving the translational research pipeline from basic science to rehabilitation and neural repair. 2009;23:97-107
- Restoring neurological function: putting the neurosciences to work in neurorehabilitation. Academy of Medical Sciences 2004; London (ISBN No 1-903401-07-0).
- Neuroimaging in stroke recovery: a position paper from the First International Workshop on Neuroimaging and Stroke Recovery. Cerebrovascular Diseases 2004;18:260-267.
- International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Condie E, Campbell J, Martina J (Eds). Report of a consensus conference on the orthotic management of stroke patients. International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2004, Denmark (ISBN 87-89809-14-9).
- Consensus conference on stroke treatment and service delivery. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 2001; Edinburgh (ISSN 0953-0932).
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Meeting the neurorehabilitation need for kinematic measures of everyday movement using novel motion tracking (Biokido): validity and test-retest reliability
5/04/21 → 4/01/22
1/08/20 → 31/07/22
1/10/19 → 30/09/22
Clinical and biomechanical factors associated with falls and rheumatoid arthritis: baseline cohort with longitudinal nested case-control studySmith, T., Clarke, C., Dainty, J. R., Watts, L., Yates, M., Pomeroy, V., Stanmore, E., O'Neill, T. & Macgregor, A., 26 Apr 2021, In : Rheumatology.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Investigating the relationships between three important functional tasks early after stroke: Movement characteristics of sit-to-stand, sit-to-walk and walkingChandler, E. A., Stone, T., Pomeroy, V. M., Clark, A., Kerr, A., Rowe, P., Ugbolue, U. C., Smith, J. & Hancock, N. J., 14 May 2021, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 12, 660383.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)
Neurophysiological changes accompanying reduction in upper limb motor impairments in response to exercise-based virtual rehabilitation after stroke: systematic reviewEllis, F., Kennedy, N., Hancock, N. & Pomeroy, V., 6 Jun 2021, In : Physiotherapy.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review
Neurostructural and neurophysiological correlates of multiple sclerosis physical fatigue: systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional studiesEllison, P. M., Goodall, S., Kennedy, N., Dawes, H., Clark, A., Pomeroy, V., Duddy, M., Baker, M. R. & Saxton, J. M., 7 May 2021, In : Neuropsychology Review.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review articleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)3 Downloads (Pure)
Pomeroy, V. M., Sim, J., Read, S. & Hunter, S. M., 5 Jul 2021, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 12, 675106.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile10 Downloads (Pure)