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Dr Helen Berry

Research Associate

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

After gaining my PhD in rehabilitation engineering at the University of Glasgow, where I worked in conjunction with clinical colleagues at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, I took a break from research to expand my personal training and education business:  I designed and delivered an International educational support and training programme for a commercial electrical stimulation product company.  I also expanded my personal training business to provide intensive restorative exercise therapy to individuals living with neurological mobility impairments. 

I joined the department of Biomedical Engineering in February 2013 to pursue my research interest in the field of restorative neurology.  I have just completed a project investigating the effects of transpinal electrical stimulation on central nervous system function on healthy individuals, and plan to extend this research to those who have suffered from a spinal cord injury. 

I contribute to teaching in the department and have recently become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy after gaining my postgraduate certificate in advanced academic studies.

My private training and therapy work continues part time, providing a fundamental, practical grounding for my research interests in the field of restorative neurology and exercise therapy.


BDNF Val66Met polymorphism attenuates explosive jump fatigue differentially after trans-spinal anodal direct current stimulation
Berry Helen R., Tate Rothwelle, Campbell Conor, Conway Bernard
International Neuromodulation Society 13th World Congress, (2017)
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation induces lasting fatigue resistance and enhances explosive vertical jump performance
Berry Helen, Tate Rothwelle J., Conway Bernard A.
PLoS One, (2017)
Spinal direct current stimulation enhances vertical jump power in healthy adults
Berry Helen, Conway Bernard
Neuroscience 2015, (2015)
Abdominal functional electrical stimulation to assist ventilator weaning in acute tetraplegia : a cohort study
McCaughey Euan J., Berry Helen R., McLean Alan N., Allan David B., Gollee Henrik
PLoS One Vol 10, (2015)
A model for incorporating a clinically-feasible exercise test in paraplegic annual reviews : a tool for stratified cardiopulmonary stress performance classification and monitoring
Coupaud Sylvie, McLean Alan N., Grant Stanley, Berry Helen, Allan David B.
International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol 1, pp. 1-9, (2013)
Energetics of paraplegic cycling : adaptations to 12 months of high volume training
Berry H. R., Kakebeeke T. H., Donaldson N., Perret C., Hunt K. J.
Technology and Health Care Vol 20, pp. 73-84, (2012)

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Professional activities

UK sensory motor conference
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Disability and Rehabilitation (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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The influence of electrical spinal stimulation on central nervous system function in healthy adults
Berry, Helen (Academic) Conway, Bernard (Academic)
This study will investigate neurophysiological responses to transcutaneous (skin surface) direct current spinal stimulation (tsDCS) in healthy individuals to provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying tsDCS. This may allow us to optimise spinal stimulation paradigms in the future where combined stimulation strategies may provide specific and effective rehabilitation therapies for individuals suffering from differing forms of central nervous system mobility impairment.
Period 01-Mar-2014 - 31-Mar-2016

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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