Dr Kath Mares
Exercise and physical activity after stroke; Development of digital devices to support activity and rehabilitation after stroke
Dr Kath Mares qualified as a physiotherapist from Addenbrookes School of Physiotherapy in 1993 and went on to complete Junior and Senior physiotherapy rotations within the Norfolk and Norwich area. In 1997 she specialized in the management and treatment of people with acquired brain injury at what is now known as the Specialist Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in Norwich. In 2000 she started work as a Lecturer/Practitioner in Physiotherapy working between the SRS and the University of East Anglia (UEA). In 2005 she took up a full time post at the UEA as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy. She taught on both the BSc and pre registration MSC in Physiotherapy, and has taught physiology, neurophysiology and anatomy and neurology. In 2006 she became the Course Director for the BSc in Physiotherapy and was responsible for taking the course through a successful validation. In 2009 she began a PhD and was subsequently seconded as a Research Associate to FeSTlvAlS (Functional Strength Training later after stroke) a study funded by The Stroke Association. She remains very involved in the teaching aspects of the School of Health Sciences and established and led an MSc in Stroke Recovery. She is currently the Course Director for the MSc in Clinical Research and Lead for the NIHR funded component of this course. Since the completion of her PhD she has obtained funding to develop a mobile application to deliver exercise programmes to people after stroke.