New Inaugural Lecture Series at Keele

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Posted on 18 October 2011

Professor Anand Pandyan, Professor of Rehabilitation Technology for Health at Keele University, will give the opening lecture in the University's programme of Inaugural Lectures for 2011/12, on Tuesday, 25 October, 2011, in the Westminster Theatre on the Keele University campus. The title of the lecture is “Defining spasticity - The (slow) walk from being a lumper to a splitter”.

Professor Pandyan’s interest in spasticity related research began whilst completing his PhD and remains central to his current research activities. In his lecture he will initially focus on the fundamental research that leads to the redefinition of spasticity (the lumping). Then he will describe the steps being taken to sub-classify the symptoms associated with the definition of spasticity (the splitting). He will conclude by exploring whether spasticity is detrimental in patients with neurological conditions or an epiphenomenon.

Professor Pandyan trained first as an Engineer (Electrical and Electronics) at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology (India) and then worked for four years as a clinical engineer at the Christian Medical College & Hospital (India). He completed his doctoral training at the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) in 1997. Prior to joining Keele in 2002, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies [CREST] at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (with Profs Garth Johnson and Mike Barnes).  He is now the Professor for Rehabilitation Technology in the School of Health & Rehabilitation.

Specific areas of research interest are measurement in neurological rehabilitation (specifically non-invasive measurement of disability and control of human movement), modelling the relationship between disability and loss in function, and using technology (specifically the electrical stimulation) to facilitate recovery in patients with severe levels of disability.

He manages research projects are in the following areas (a) Develop a better understanding of the pathophysiological basis of spasticity and its impact on people with neurological conditions (b) Explore the mechanisms for disordered motor control following stroke and cerebral palsy (c) Explore the use of technology in facilitating recovery in patients with neurological disability.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. Admission is free; no ticket is required.

The other lectures in the series are: Monday, 16 January, 2012, Professor George Peat, "Osteoarthritis: patient observation in the community"; Tuesday, 7 February, Professor Gordon Hamilton, "Sex pheromones of male insects and disease control"; Monday, 27 February, Professor Richard Luther, "Political Parties: who needs them?"; Tuesday, 20 March, Professor Robert Ladrech, "Political Parties and the European Project"; Tuesday, 17 April, Professor Robin Jeffries, "A star is born"; Tuesday, 8 May, Professor Carole Thornley, "Why are the low-paid always with us?"; Monday, 11 June, Professor Andy Hassell, "The patient with arthritis, the medical student and the rheumatologist: influencing tomorrow's doctors".