The Multiple Sclerosis Aqua Research Team (MSART), comprising a team of academics and physiotherapy students from the university’s School of Health Sciences and clinicians from the Burrswood Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, saw off competition from teams around the country to win the Evidence in Practice category of the Quality of Delivery of Service in Multiple Sclerosis Awards.
Dr Raija Kuisma, project leader, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of MSc in Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) in the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences, said: “The team is delighted with the success. This a great achievement and one that reflects the hard work and commitment from everyone involved with the project.”
The team comprises: Dr Raija Kuisma, Krishna Kishore Garikipati, Senior Lecturer, studying MS and aquatic physiotherapy for a MS Society, a UK funded doctoral theses; Sarah-Jane Ryan, Senior Lecturer with interest in aquatic physiotherapy; Oliver Krouwel, graduate from the MSc in Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) course, and lead of the physiotherapy research team at the hospital at the start of the project and Jennie Turnbull the current Physiotherapy lead at Burrswood.
Right to left, Sarah –Jane Ryan, Krishna Kishore Garikipati, Jennie Turnbull, Raija Kuisma and Oliver Krouwel with Jim Porter, Neuroscience Franchise Head at Novartis (one of the 2015 programme sponsors).