Keynote Speaker, Neurology
Professor, University of Newcastle, NSW
Prof English (BAppl Sci (Physio), PhD) leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers whose work focuses on understanding the effects of physical activity, aerobic exercise and diet in people after stroke. She and her team work closely with people with lived experience of stroke in co-design and partnership in all aspects of research. Over her career she has completed many clinical trials related to physical activity after stroke, including telehealth delivered exercise and diet interventions, laboratory-based dose-finding trial on breaking up sitting time and a cluster randomized trial (UK based) on an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour. She was the project lead on the development of the i-REBOUND website – a co-designed website to support people with stroke to ‘move more’ and ‘eat well’.
Prof English is CI on the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Trials and Innovation (2022 – 2027). In 2022-2023 Prof English was Lead Chair for the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable 3 topic on Post-stroke Fatigue (Prof Gillian Mead, UK Co-Chair). She was the Co-Chair of the Stroke Living Clinical Guidelines (2015-2022); the world’s first living clinical guideline, and is current Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, and Non-Executive Director (Research Special Interest) for the Stroke Foundation of Australia. Prof English has a career total of >130 peer-reviewed publications, >12 million in research funding and supervised 6 PhD candidates to completion (4 current) and >25 honours students.