Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS)

Interim director: Dr Patrick Esser

Contact: mores@brookes.ac.uk


Congratulations to Professor Helen Dawes who is taking up a position as Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation at the University of Exeter from 1 November 2021. We would like to thank her for all of her work in establishing MOReS as a vibrant, multi-disciplinary and successful research team. Helen will continue to work closely with the centre, supporting the work of MOReS through her Honorary Professorship.

About us

The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences is a growing research centre which brings together three key ingredients - research, education and care.

MOReS is underpinned by a strong research team under six key research themes:

  • Clinical Applied Nutrition (CAN)
  • Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Research (CLEAR)
  • Health Innovation and Technology Trials (HITT)
  • Movement Science Group (MSG)
  • Occupational Sciences (OS)
  • Trauma Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Health (TRaMH)

Our flagship Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR Unit) based at the Centre for Sports enables children living with disability to undertake exercise in a supported environment with our clinical expertise and research excellence.

Movement at different ages

Research impact

Excellent scientific research can impact, change and benefit the society we live in and our quality of life. We might see the impact in our economy, in our culture, our public policy or services, in health provision or in the environment.

The importance of impact arising from high-quality research was recognised in the recent REF (Research Excellence Framework) assessment. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences submitted case studies covering a diverse mix of research from human medicine to drug discovery and therapy design, to health risk assessment policy and vaccine development. 80% of our studies were rated as having 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' impact.

Examples of research impact benefiting the local community include:

  • Physical activity for neurological conditions handbook
  • Improving access to exercise for people with neurological conditions
  • Indian Ocean row
  • Community sport activation
  • Brookes Science Bazaar.


Patrick Esser

Dr Patrick Esser

Reader in Sport and Rehabilitation Technology

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Name Role Email
Mrs Katy Baines Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy kbaines@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Shelly Coe Senior Lecturer in Nutrition scoe@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Johnny Collett Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation jcollett@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Anne Delextrat Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science adelextrat@brookes.ac.uk
Mr Nathan Howarth Associate Researcher
Dr Mario Inacio Associate Lecturer minacio@brookes.ac.uk
Gill Jones Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation gillianjones@brookes.ac.uk
Carol McNally Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy camcnally@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Liana Nagy Senior Lecturer & MSc Subject Coordinator lnagy@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Jackie Parsonage-Harrison Elizabeth Casson Research Fellow jparsonage@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Jon Room Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy jroom@brookes.ac.uk
Mrs Robyn Stiger Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy robynstiger@brookes.ac.uk
Professor Derick Wade Professor In Neurorehabilitation dwade@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Ben Weedon Post Doctoral Research Assistant b.weedon@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Adam White Senior Lecturer in Sport and Coaching Sciences adamwhite@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Mark Williams Programme Lead for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation williams.m@brookes.ac.uk
Dr Annabel Williams Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy annabelwilliams@brookes.ac.uk


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Sam Burden Cardiac function of the left ventricle in obese adolescents with the establishment of links to metabolic health and physiological and perceptual exercise responses Dr Patrick Esser


Ed Daly Concussion characterisation using current concussion diagnosis and evaluation measures compared to novel objective testing methods Dr Adam White, Dr Patrick Esser


Owen Gustafson Evaluating the musculoskeletal health state of Intensive Care Unit survivors: The MSK-ICU study (led by OUH) Dr Mark Williams, Professor Helen Dawes


Elizabeth King Living with MSK impairments following critical illness Dr Annabel Williams, Dr Mark Williams


Ali Aminalsharieh Najafi The impact of immersive technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality on the performance and rehabilitation outcomes of young people after sport-related injuries Dr Anne Delextrat, Professor Helen Dawes


Daniel Newcombe The Environment Design Framework: Bridging the gap between the theoretical understanding and the practical application of constraints-led approach Dr Patrick Esser


Mrs Robyn Stiger Prehabilitation for cancer patients Dr Johnny Collett, Dr Mark Williams


Zoe Taylor Power training for fall rehabilitation and prevention in over 56s and comparisons of recovery mechanisms for loss of balance between fallers and non-fallers Dr Greg Walsh, Dr Mario Inacio, Dr Patrick Esser



Name Role Organisation
Professor Helen Dawes Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation University of Exeter

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