Our response to COVID-19

We're supporting people to maintain their wellbeing and manage isolation.

Dr Yoshiro Okubo

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr Yoshiro Okubo obtained his PhD at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, where he investigated the influence walking had on falls in seniors. He was awarded the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences Chair Award from the University of Tsukuba as well as a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Dr Okubo is now part of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at NeuRA. His research focuses on helping people learn to better respond to trips, slips and prevent falls. He is hopeful that this work will ensure that older people can maintain their independence as they age.

Projects Dr Yoshiro Okubo is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

SafeTrip – step training to reduce falls in older adults

The SafeTrip study aims to investigate how older adults learn protective stepping skills to avoid falls when encountering obstacles, trips and slips. With NeuRA’s cutting-edge motion capture system and other wearable devices, the SafeTrip team will be able to observe and analyse movement and muscle activity during reactive or proactive step training.

 

The SafeTrip team are looking for older adults aged 65 years and over who:

  • Have not been advised by a medical practitioner not to exercise
  • Have no existing conditions that may prevent them from exercising (e.g. severe pain, heel ulcers, exercise intolerance)
  • Have no neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, etc.)
  • Have no history of fracture(s) or joint replacement(s) in the past 12 months
  • Are able to walk 500m comfortably without mobility aids or rest
  • Are active (i.e. exercising for at least 60mins/week) and living independently in the Sydney metropolitan community
  • Are not currently participating in any other falls prevention research studies

 

Eligible candidates will be invited to NeuRA for baseline assessment before being randomly allocated to either the reactive or proactive step training programs. All participants will undertake at least 3 training sessions, however, depending on their allocation, may be invited to undertake 1-3 additional training sessions throughout the year.

For more information or to get involved, please contact the SafeTrip team on 02 9399 1067 or safetrip-study@neura.edu.au. HC190952

 

READ MORE

SafeTrip – step training to reduce falls in older adults

SAFE-PD (Stepping to avoid falls events in people with Parkinson’s disease)

A randomised controlled trial to reduce the risk of falling in people with Parkinson’s disease.

View the clinical trial page for more information and to express interest in volunteering for the study.

 

READ MORE

SAFE-PD (Stepping to avoid falls events in people with Parkinson’s disease)

RESEARCH TEAM

PHILIP AUBERT Software Developer : p.aubert@neura.edu.au

MATTHEW HAND Research Assistant : m.hand@neura.edu.au

NATASSIA SMITH Research Assistant : n.smith@neura.edu.au

BETHANY HALMY Research Assistant : b.halmy@neura.edu.au

Jessica Turner

JESSICA TURNER Research Assistant

Mayna Ratanapongleka

MAYNA RATANAPONGLEKA Research Assistant

CAMERON HICKS Research Assistant : 9399 1209
: c.hicks@neura.edu.au

Ashley Woodbury

ASHLEY WOODBURY Research Assistant

CARLY CHAPLIN Research Assistant : c.chaplin@neura.edu.au

JOANNE LO Research Assistant

LINDA ROYLANCE Executive Assistant : +612 9399 1124
: l.roylance@neura.edu.au

DANIELA MEINRATH Masters student

Joana Caetano

JOANA CAETANO PhD student