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Dr. Susan Coote

Biography


Susan is a Physiotherapist specialising in neurological rehabilitation. Her current focus is on optimising symptoms and quality of life for people living in the community with neurological conditions. Current projects are funded by the Health Research Board, MS Ireland (through the Ireland Fund) and the Irish Research Council. She has over 60 peer reviewed journal publications and has supervised 11 postgraduate students to completion.

She was appointed as Lecturer in Physiotherapy at University of Limerick in 2003,Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Associate Professor in 2016 and teaches and researches in the area of neurological rehabilitation at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is the director of the MS Research team at UL and a member of the Health Research Institute and Center for Physical Activity and Health Research.
She leads a programme of work in close collaboration with Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, with whom UL formalised a memorandum of understanding in 2011. Collaborations with Sports Science, Psychology, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy and Electronic Engineering in Ireland, the USA and Canada allow a convergent and multidisciplinary approach to the pertinent issues. This work is supported by her involvement in RIMS (Rehabilitation in MS, the European Network for Research and Best Practice) and through the PIMS (Physiotherapists Interested in MS) group.

Research Interests


My research mission is to reduce symptoms and optimise quality of life for people with Neurolgical conditions living in the comminuty. My main focus is on optimising physiotherapy and exercise interventions for these people.


The programme of work explores the following key issues; what is the optimal exercise programme for the various mobility levels and symptoms for people with MS? How can exercise programmes be delivered in a way that optimises behaviour change and long term adoption of physical activity? How can technology be used to augment exercise? How can exercise programmes reduce the risk of falls? And with engagement with all key stakeholders, how can these research findings be translated to routine clinical practice?

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2012 - Excellence in Research (Early Career)

Education

  • 2005 Trinity College Dublin - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2002 Trinity College - Higher Diploma in Statistics
  • 1994 Trinity College Dublin - B.Sc.

Association

  • 1994 Member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Publications

Conference Publication

2015

Interprofessional Learning
Taylor A, Coote S, O'Connor A

2014

2014 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WEARABLE AND IMPLANTABLE BODY SENSOR NETWORKS WORKSHOPS (BSN WORKSHOPS)
Bourke, AK,Masse, F,Arami, A,Aminian, K,Healy, M,Nelson, J,O'Dwyer, C,Coote, S,
2014 11th International Conference On Wearable And Implantable Body Sensor Networks Workshops (Bsn Workshops) DOI: 10.1109/BSN.Workshops.2014.18

2012

RIMS 15th SIG on MOBILITY
Uszynski M., Purtill H. and Coote S

2009
2009

SIG Mobility meeting of Rehabilitation in MS Society, Hasselt, Belgium,
Coote S, Garret M, Hogan N, O¿Donnell M, Larkin A: ;

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Anne O'Connor, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Ann Taylor, Marie O'Donnell, Norelee Kennedy, Kieran O'Sullivan, David Sainsbury, Amanda Clifford

2008

European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
O'Connor, A., Coote, S., Connell, A. et al

2008

WCPT 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Kieran O¿Sullivan, David Sainsbury

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Norelee Kennedy, Amanda Connell, Ann Taylor, Susan Coote, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Karen McCreesh, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell.

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
David Sainsbury, Kieran O'Sullivan, Ann Taylor,Amanda.Connell,Susan Coote,Norelee Kennedy,Amanda Clifford,Marie O'Donnell,Anne O'Connor,Karen McCreesh

2008

WCPT Second European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
K McCreesh, S Coote, A Connell, A Clifford, A O¿Connor, K O¿Sullivan, D Sainsbury, A Taylor, M O¿Donnell

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Amanda Clifford, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Amanda Clifford,Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell

2008

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference
Deirdre Hayes, Susan Coote, Anne O'Connor

2007

WCPT Congress
Coote S

2007

WCPT Congress
Coote S, Roche A

2005

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
McCreesh K, Coote S, Moore S

2003
2003

AAATE Conference
Coote S, Stokes EK

2003

International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Coote S, Murphy BT, Stokes EK, Harwin W

2003
2002

Irish Gerontological Society
Coote S, Stokes EK

Other Journal

2014
2009

Physiotherapy and exercise for people with mild and moderate Multiple Sclerosis - a pilot study.
Garret, M; Hogan, N; Coote, S
National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin

2008

Which outcome measure is most appropriate for a falls prevention programme?
Cahalan, R; Coote, S; Saunders, J
National Institute of Health Sciences Bulletin

2008
2006

A focus group study of students perceptions of reflection
Roche, A; Coote, S
National Institure of Health Sciences Research Bulletin

Other Publication

2015

The international MS falls prevention research network: development and direction
Finlayson, M,Cattaneo, D,Cameron, M,Coote, S,Freeman, J,Gunn, H,Jonsdottir, J,Matsuda, P,Peterson, E,Sosnoff, J
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2015

Web-based physical activity resources for people with multiple sclerosis: a review
Casey, B,Hayes, S,Larkin, A,Comber, L,Coote, S
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2014

Arm rehabilitation for multiple sclerosis using Functional Electrical Stimulation and robotics
Sampson, P,Buchanon, S,Coote, S,Demain, S,Feys, P,Freeman, C,Meadmore, K,Hughes, AM
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2014

Exercise programmes in the community setting
Freeman, J,Coote, S,Dalgas, U
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2014

Core outcome measures for exercise studies in people with multiple sclerosis: recommendations from a multidisciplinary consensus meeting
Paul, L,Coote, S,Crosbie, J,Dixon, D,Hale, L,Holloway, E,McCrone, P,Miller, L,Saxton, J,Sincock, C,White, L
Multiple Sclerosis Journal DOI: 10.1177/1352458514526944

2013

Test-retest reliability of four sensory assessment scales for people with multiple sclerosis
Uszynski, M,Saunders, J,Donnelly, A,Coote, S
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2013

Outcome measures for studies of exercise in multiple sclerosis: recommendations from an international, multi-disciplinary consensus meeting
Paul, L,Crosbie, J,Coote, S,Dixon, D,Hale, L,Holloway, E,McCrone, P,Miller, L,Saxton, J,Sincock, C,White, L
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2013

The inter-rater reliability of four sensory assessment scales for people with multiple sclerosis
Uszynski, M,Saunders, J,Donnelly, A,Coote, S
Multiple Sclerosis Journal

2008

Peer Reviewed Journal

2016

Using Functional Electrical Stimulation Mediated by Iterative Learning Control and Robotics to Improve Arm Movement for People With Multiple Sclerosis
Sampson, P,Freeman, C,Coote, S,Demain, S,Feys, P,Meadmore, K,Hughes, AM
Ieee Transactions On Neural Systems And Rehabilitation Engineering DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2015.2413906

2016

The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18-81 years
Toomey, C,Leahy, S,McCreesh, K,Coote, S,Jakeman, P
Irish journal of medical science DOI: 10.1007/s11845-015-1338-x

2016

Cohort study comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini- BESTest in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Ross E, Purtill H, Uszynski M, Hayes S, Casey B, Browne C, Coote S.
Physical therapy

2016
2015

Top 10 Research Questions Related to Physical Activity and Multiple Sclerosis
Motl, RW,Learmonth, YC,Pilutti, LA,Gappmaier, E,Coote, S
Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2015.1023099

2015

Web-based Physical Activity Resources: Listening to the Voice of People with Multiple Sclerosis.
' Casey B, Hayes S, Larkin A, Browne C, Coote S. (2015)
Disability And Rehabilitation

2015

Test-retest reliability of four sensory measures in people with multiple sclerosis
Uszynski, M,Purtill, H,Coote, S
International Journal Of Rehabilitation Research DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000098

2015
2015
2014

Test-retest of four sensory measures in people with Multiple Sclerosis
Marcin Uszynski, Helen Purtill and Susan Coote
International Journal Of Rehabilitation Research DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000098

2014

Level of Mobility Limitations and Falls Status in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis
Coote, S,Finlayson, M,Sosnoff, JJ
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.10.018

2013

Level of mobility limitations and falls status in persons with multiple sclerosis.
Coote S, Finlayson M, Sosnoff JJ
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.10.018

2013

Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis--a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment
Garrett, M. and Hogan, N. and Larkin, A. and Saunders, J. and Jakeman, P. and Coote, S.
Mult Scler DOI: 10.1177/1352458512461390

2013

Exercise in the community for people with minimal gait impairment due to MS: an assessor-blind randomized controlled trial.
Garrett M, Hogan N, Larkin A, Saunders J, Jakeman P, Coote S
Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) DOI: 10.1177/1352458512461966

2013

Exercise in the community for people with minimal gait impairment due to MS: An assessor-blind randomized controlled trial
Garrett, M. and Hogan, N. and Larkin, A. and Saunders, J. and Jakeman, P. and Coote, S.
Multiple Sclerosis

2013
2013

Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis--a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment.
Garrett M, Hogan N, Larkin A, Saunders J, Jakeman P, Coote S
Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) DOI: 10.1177/1352458512461390

2013

Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis - a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment
Garrett, M,Hogan, N,Larkin, A,Saunders, J,Jakeman, P,Coote, S
Multiple Sclerosis Journal DOI: 10.1177/1352458512461390

2008

The effect of the GENTLE/s robot-mediated therapy system on arm function after stroke
Coote, S; Murphy, B; Harwin, W; Stokes, E
Clinical Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1177/0269215507085060

2007

The development and evaluation of a common assessment form for physiotherapy practice education in Ireland
Coote, S; Alpine, L; Cassidy, C; Loughnane, M; McMahon, S; Meldrum, D; O'Connor, A; O'Mahoney, M
Physiotherapy Ireland

2003

The effect of a Balance Retraining Programme on fall risk
Cronin, J; Coote, S; O'Keeffe, N;Grady, AM; Cunningham, C
Irish Journal Of Medical Science

2003

What influences rating of patient transfers?
Griffin, E; Barrett, E; Coote, S
Irish Journal Of Medical Science

2003

Physiotherapy treatments for the upper extremity post stroke
Coote, S; Stokes, EK
Physiotherapy Ireland

2002

Robot Mediated Therapy for the Upper Extremity post stroke - a pilot study
Coote, S; Stokes, EK; Amirabdollahian, F; Loureiro, R; Harwin, W
Irish Journal Of Medical Science

2001

Physiotherapy for upper extremity dysfunction following stroke
Coote, S; Stokes, EK
Physical Therapy Review

2000

Follow up physiotherapy for patients with stroke
Coote, S; Griffin, E; O'Kelly, T
Irish Journal Of Medical Science

Published Report

2008

Surface EMG - does the use of a Faraday room change measurement?
O'Sullivan, K; Sheikh, UQ; Shafat, A; Coote, S