IFESS-ACPIN Workshop: Bridging the Gap between Functional Electrical Stimulation Research and Clinical Implementation

 Registration is closed for this event
There are a number of potential barriers to bridging the gap between functional electrical stimulation (FES) research and clinical implementation for patient benefit. Strategies for bridging this gap include the development of clinical practice guidelines (CPG) and educational courses. The current workshop will seek to outline and understand existing barriers and invite open discussion and feedback from FES clinicians and researchers to identify and help formulate proposals for overcoming key challenges identified. The current workshop will explore the potential barriers for clinical implementation of FES treatment in specific reference to using FES for mobility. Many of the existing barriers will also be relevant to other types of FES interventions which are currently being developed.
This joint workshop is presented in collaboration with ACPIN, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.

Therese Johnston

Dr Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

Dr Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA is Medical Office Director of the Division of Bracing and Supports at Ossur Americas, Foothill Ranch, CA, and Physical Therapist (part-time) at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. She was formally a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA and continues in an adjunct role. Dr. Johnston received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, her MBA in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University, her MS in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, and her PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Her research has included interventions to improve the health, fitness, and function of children and adults with spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy, with a special focus on the use of functional electrical stimulation and cardiovascular and bone health. More recent research has focused on sports related musculoskeletal issues and biomechanics. Dr. Johnston has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and has presented nationally and internationally. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Vice-President of the Academy of Physical Therapy Research.

Lisa Brown

Dr Lisa Brown, PT, DPT

Dr Lisa Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Boston University Sargent College where she is a core faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Brown received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009 with a certificate of Advanced Study in Neurology, and her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 1993. Dr. Brown is an ABPTS Board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2009. Dr. Brown is Co-Chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prescription of Orthotics and Neuro-prosthetics in Stroke.  She has clinical experience and has presented at state and national conferences on the topics of orthotics and neuroprosthetics. Dr. Brown is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapists and has 25 years of clinical practice experience. She currently treats individuals with neurologic disorders at the BU Physical Therapy Center. 


Jane Burridge

Adine Adonis, (NIHR Doctoral Fellowship)

Neurological physiotherapy has been my passion for more than 20 years, and I have a strong desire to raise its profile. My experience clinically, within research and higher education helps me to do so across different platforms. My clinical experience has spanned South Africa and United Kingdom across a variety of sectors from primary to tertiary care. I have worked with patients, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues across local and regional strategic networks; and led teams of neurological physiotherapists.

I currently work at St Mary’s Hospital in London, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

My passion is nurtured by my interaction with patients and specifically, my cohort of neurological patients seen at our specialist national centre. Our national and international collaboration, and our satellite clinics throughout the UK, provide many opportunities to advocate for neurological physiotherapy. My recent patient and public involvement grant award has allowed me to explore what matters most to neurological patients.

My higher education institute teaching experience and ​being a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has allowed me to demonstrate my commitment to neurological physiotherapy and continually transmit it to undergraduates and post graduates. I have completed a Research Fellowship aimed at the use of outcome measurement in clinical practice. The experience of leading my own research program has drawn on project management, organisational, budgetary and practical skills. My next research project allows me to collaborate with external teams to explore pain in my patient cohort.I am a co-author on over 12 peer- reviewed publications.

In ACPIN, I am currently serving as Chair, having previously been the Vice Chair, Public Relations Officer and  Hon Secretary. I am excited and passionate about ACPIN’s past, our achievements and our future aspirations​. I enjoy working with individuals who like me, are driven to succeed and who are committed to working towards a common goal. I firmly believe that as an ACPIN community we can continue to achieve more together and I am committed to ACPIN’s vision.


Marietta van der Linden

Professor Dr Cathy Bulley, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Professor Cathy Bulley (PhD, BSc (Hons) is a Professor in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. She is also co-director of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHEARR).

She trained as a Physiotherapist at QMU between 1994 and 1998, and studied for her PhD between 1998 and 2002, conducting a mixed methods study that focused on young women and their behaviours, experiences, and personal meanings and feelings relating to exercise and physical activity. She worked clinically after completing her PhD but soon moved into research again through conducting a needs assessment of lymphedema services in Fife. This led her to interest in using audit, service evaluation and research to advocate for people who are living with different long-term health conditions and for the people in their lives – families and informal carers. She has worked with people living with the impacts of breast cancer and its treatment, lymphedema, stroke, multiple sclerosis and renal disease. She takes a pragmatic approach and uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies as appropriate to ask and answer questions from different perspectives.


Dr Tamsyn Street, Salisbury NHS foundation Trust, UK

November 9th, 2021 6:00 PM through  7:00 PM