Prof Monica Busse


Prof Monica Busse



As a physiotherapist, I have an established interest in exercise and physical activity for people with chronic health conditions with a particular focus on the development of targeted physical interventions in neurodegenerative diseases. My specific expertise is in the assessment and management of mobility problems and falls, defining contents of physiotherapy interventions, methodologies for appropriate assessment of outcomes in complex health conditions and promotion of physical activity for health (along with behaviour change applications and development of interventions). I lead the Cardiff Huntington’s disease (HD) Physiotherapy Group ( and am Deputy Head of School: Research and Innovation in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University. In much of my work, I interact closely in a clinical and research capacity with the Cardiff HD Centre and the Cardiff University Brain Repair Group, Cardiff University as well as the South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) where I am an associate director.

Over the past 8 years, I have been and continue to be principal investigator in a series of multi-centre observational and interventional studies related to physiotherapy, physical activity and mobility in HD. Within a wider neurology remit, I have conducted studies of mobility and falls in muscular dystrophy, mobility assessments in Multiple Sclerosis and focussed on documentation of rehabilitation interventions. I have been involved in collaborative studies with researchers investigating the role of neural feedback in people with Parkinson’s disease where my expertise in outcome measures and physical training is informing both intervention delivery and assessment of mobility.

All session by Prof Monica Busse

  • Westminster17-Mar-2016

“Should we be exercising for brain health?” Specific focus on Huntington’s Disease