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I graduated from the University College London combined MB/PhD Programme in 2007. My PhD was funded by a Brain Research Trust Prize studentship and was based at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, UCL. After completing my general medical training starting as an Academic Foundation Trainee in the North Central Thames Deanery, I moved to the Oxford Deanery for my Core Medical Training. I was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Oxford in October 2011, which ended in October 2017. I have returned to London as a Stroke Neurology Consultant and am affiliated as an Honorary Clinical Researcher with the NDCN until December 2019.

Elisabeth Rounis


My research background lies in the fields of systems neuroscience, cognitive motor control and neuroplasticity. During my PhD I studied motor recovery using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and functional neuroimaging. This led me to become interested in neurological conditions associated with deficits in the cognitive control of action.

I was awarded the 2013 Helen Lawson grant from the British Medical Association to study mechanisms underlying limb apraxia in stroke. This has been supplemented by funds from the Academy of Medical Sciences, OUCAGs development funds for Clinical Lecturers and the Oxford University Hospitals Charitable Funds.

We are developing new paradigms to study patients with limb apraxia, using kinematic and video processing analyses, as well as neuroimaging techniques.

Though it is a rare complication of stroke, understanding the mechanisms underling limb apraxia may shed light into motor recovery in general and help develop new treatments.

This work is being carried out at the Hyperacute Stroke Units in North West London, UCLH, and at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford.

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