The Use-It-Or-Lose-It Theory (and Current Research Into Cerebral Palsy)
Location: Richmond Building, JSB Lecture Theatre
Date and Time:
Wed 10 May 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Biography: Dr Nicholas Mark Almond
After completing his undergraduate at the University of Leeds in psychology Nick went straight on to undertaking his PhD in cognitive neuropsychology and was supervised by Dr. Chris Moulin and Prof. Catriona Morrison. The topic of the PhD was the “use-it-or-lose-it” theory, which dictates that if a person is more cognitively active throughout their life then they will show a slower decline later life. Dr. Almond has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on cognitive decline and aging.
Due to medical negligence at birth Nick has severe cerebral palsy (CP). Dr. Almond has recently teamed up Prof. Mark Mon-Williams, Prof. Rory O’Connor, Prof. Bert Steenbergen and Dr. Samit Chakrabarty to investigate multidisciplinary techniques to treat and potentially cure CP. As a result of this Dr. Almond is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds under Prof. O’Connor. This research incorporates physiological theories, pharmaceutical options and cognitive psychology training. He has published one journal article and one book chapter regarding research and treatment issues with CP.