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Dr Monica Busse 

Monica Busse of the School of Healthcare Studies
Position:Senior Lecturer

Telephone:+44 (0)29 206 87559
Location:Room 2F08, Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Research interests

My research has a strong focus on the promotion of exercise and physical activity and the assessment and management of mobility problems in people with chronic health conditions. I work to promote information exchange and engagement in research into the role of physiotherapy in illness prevention and health promotion through physical activity.  My post-doctoral research has followed a staged process with the intention of gathering sufficient evidence to support full scale clinical trials related to physiotherapy and exercise for people with Long Term Neurological Conditions (LTNCs) and most specifically Huntington’s Disease (HD) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). There is clear transferability across the research themes in which I have concentrated: namely assessment of mobility and falls, defining contents of physiotherapy interventions, methodologies for appropriate assessment of outcomes in complex health conditions and promotion of physical activity for health (along with behaviour change applications).

I am co-lead facilitator of two of the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN) working groups (WGs) (Physiotherapy and Environmental Modifiers WGs) and am actively involved in developments in the field of HD, physical activity and rehabilitation with established collaborations across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA and Australia. One of the major projects in which I have been involved as part of the Physiotherapy WG is the development of a European Physiotherapy Guidance document for people with HD that incorporates basic science and clinical research to date, as well as expert consensus, for physiotherapy interventions targeted at early, middle, late stages and juvenile HD. This work has required large scale collaboration from physiotherapists working across Europe in the field of HD and has resulted in the establishment of an international group of physiotherapy academics and clinicians working together to further develop existing evidence in support of physiotherapy for people with HD. Other recent projects from the Cardiff HD Physiotherapy Group include determining best outcome measures to assess efficacy of physiotherapy interventions and developing focussed exercise and motor control based interventions for HD.