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Professor Ann Ashburn FCSP, PhD, MPhil

Professor of Rehabilitation

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Professor Ann Ashburn has specialised in the rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions in particular stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She has a background in physiotherapy and for many years has focused on balance impairment and falls management. She leads an internationally recognised research programme on rehabilitation and the management of falls and has published widely.

Falls are complex and linked to environmental and social issues as well as cognitive and physical challenges; not all falls are preventable, but striving for safe mobility among those at risk of falls should be achievable

Ann trained as a physiotherapist and developed an academic career in rehabilitation. 

FCSP   Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2002 (qualified 1970)
PhD     Rehabilitation, University of Southampton 1997
MPhil   Human Sciences, Loughborough University 1982

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Recent grants from NIHR RfPB, HTA CET, BUPA, The Parkinson's Disease Society, The Stroke Association and Action Medical Research.

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Research interests

Ann’s research has focused on the rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions.  She has a particular interest in the management of fall events among people with stroke and people with Parkinson’s disease and in exploring, at a behavioural level, the mechanism of balance control, assessment and training of balance.

Recent grants have included:

Eye, head and body coordination during turning by people with Parkinson’s disease.  Funded by the Parkinson’s Disease Society

The Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre exploring recovery and rehabilitation post stroke.  Funded by the Stroke Association

Research group(s)

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Research project(s)

Does transcranial Direct Current Stimulation improve functional mobility in people with Parkinson's disease?

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often have difficulties moving, turning and walking.

Eye, head and body coordination during turning

Research into why people with Parkinson's disease lose their balance when turning round




Professor Ann Ashburn
Professor of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Southampton
MailPoint 886 Southampton General Hospital
Tel. 023 8120 6469
Fax. 023 8120 4340

Room Number: SGH/CE125

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