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Tarique Siragy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Medical School Building F04

 

Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Dr. Siragy holds a PhD in Human Kinetics (biomechanics) from the University of Ottawa. His work predominately focuses on dynamic stability to assess fall risk in elderly individuals and people with Parkinson’s Disease. To this end, he has utilized advancements in virtual reality systems to simulate real-world scenarios that perturb gait stability.

Further, his work examines the cognitive profile of these demographics to assess the motor control pathways that control stable gait in relation to healthy ageing and disease.

Since joining the College of Medicine and Health, at the University of Exeter, Dr. Siragy’s role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is further advance stability research in regards to healthy ageing. Specifically, he exploits the combination of virtual reality with motorized platforms to recreate ecologically valid scenarios that are associated with fall risk. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Human Kinetics (biomechanics) University of Ottawa
  • MSc. Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion (biomechanics), George Mason University
  • BSc. Kinesiology and Health Science, College of William and Mary

Research

Research interests

Theme 1: Healthy Ageing

Every year, one in three older adults sustain a fall. This is a severe concern for these individuals and their families as falling while walking holds dire consequences ranging from increased injury and rates of mortality but also reduced social interaction, increased anxiety, and reduced independence. Therefore, there is a need to further advance research the examines the aetiology of falls in order to improve fall prevention therapies. As such, Dr. Siragy holds a particular interest in examining how the ageing process affects the biomechanical and motor control of gait.

Theme 2: Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. Due to the progressive neurodegeneration of the disease, mobility is greatly impaired in these individuals. As such, Dr. Siragy’s aims to determine how the disease impacts and impairs the neuromuscular control of human locomotion. Within this theme, a particular focus is on understanding how the locomotor system responds to environmental changes and constraints.

Research projects

  • Stepping Out

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