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Mrs Ruth Turk MSc

External Research Student

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Mrs Ruth Turk is External Research Student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Ruth Turk qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1991 and specialised in Neurological Rehabilitation within two years of qualifying. Her clinical experience has been both in inpatient outpatient and community settings within the NHS, during which time she developed a special interest in the use of technologies for the treatment of neurological conditions such as stroke. She also spent four years in the developing world, setting up a centre for physical disability and teaching Physiotherapy.

In 2002 Ruth undertook a full-time Masters degree in Rehabilitation Science at the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences (now School of Health Sciences, SHS), University of Southampton.

Ruth joined SHS as a Research Fellow in September 2003, employed on the Bion Arm Rehabilitation Project. This investigational study tested the feasibility of using implanted radio-frequency BION® micro-stimulators to improve motor re-learning and recovery of upper limb function following stroke.

From March 2004 to August 2005, Ruth was employed as a teaching fellow at SHS and designed, coordinated and lectured on the neurology stream of the new MSc Physio course.

From September 2007 to July 2008 Ruth was a Research Fellow on the Motivating Mobility Project to explore the design and development of novel applications of sensor-based technologies to motivate mobility in people with reduced arm function following a stroke.

In April 2008 she joined the ISVR Signal processing and Control Group as MPhil/PhD research student, to explore underlying movement problems associated with loss of arm activity after a stroke using EMG signal processing. This is funded by a 3 year Dunhill Medical Trust Research Fellowship award.


Research interests


  • Mechanisms of impairment and recovery following a stroke and how this may be enhanced through ‘enriched environments’
  • Neuromechanical methods to measure sensory-motor control of human movement


Research project(s)

Quantitative measurements of impairment and how they relate to activity in the upper limb of the older adult post-stroke

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Mrs Ruth Turk
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 67/4015

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