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Professor Louise Connell

Professor of Allied Health Neurorehabilitation
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Louise is a clinical- academic physiotherapist working in a partnership post between the University of Central Lancashire and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Her interest is in implementation research, and she is undertaking a programme of research into neurological rehabilitation. Her current research focuses specifically on implementation research for increasing intensity after stroke.

Louise has internationally recognised research outputs, with over fifty peer-reviewed publications, over 2000 citations, and a H-index of 23 (Google scholar). She is particularly passionate about improving research capacity and capability of allied health professionals. Her work has been recognised by being awarded a Fellowship of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology.

Having qualified and worked as a clinical physiotherapist, Louise has been an active researcher since 2001. In this time, she has built collaborative research with national and international partners and applied knowledge with wider stakeholders, working closely and building capacity with allied health professionals. Her research in neurorehabilitation and implementation has received national and international recognition. Her international networks are evidenced by having over 100 co-authors from 8 countries. including on-going work with world-leading experts in stroke rehabilitation from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Louise has experience of obtaining competitive "blue chip" funding both as lead and co-applicant, with grant income to date of over GBP 1 million. This includes a personal NIHR Career Development Fellowship award of GBP 386k, a highly prestigious award for individuals with significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Louise is an invited member of numerous funding panels including the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel and RfPB North-West panel. She contributed to the Royal College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (4th Ed, 2016) as a member of the physiotherapy review team.