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Dr Gita Ramdharry

Dr Gita Ramdharry

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Associate Professor

Email: G.Ramdharry@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 8725 2471

Biography

Gita completed a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy at the University of East London in 1995, after which she worked as a clinical physiotherapist in various London teaching hospitals, specialising in neurology in 1997. She completed an MSc in physiotherapy at the University of Brighton in 2004 and went on to pursue a PhD in neurological studies at University College London (UCL) that same year. She completed her thesis entitled 'Compensatory Strategies While Walking In People With Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: Impact And Intervention' in 2008.

Gita joined Kingston & St George's as a senior lecturer in 2007 where she contributes to the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Rehabilitation, MSc Exercise for Health and NIHR-funded Masters in Clinical Research. At the same time she has maintained collaborations with UCL's MRC Centre for Neurological Diseases where she leads trials of rehabilitation interventions for people with neuromuscular diseases. She was awarded an NIHR post-doctoral clinical research fellowship in 2010 for research at the MRC centre and splits her time between the two institutions. Gita currently also supervises MRes and MSc student research and supervises two PhD students.

She chairs the executive committee of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology, and is one of the professional advisors to the CMTUK patient support group, speaking regularly at conferences and meetings. Gita is a member of the Adult Neuromuscular Physiotherapist Network, as well as a reviewer for the NIHR HTA funding stream, Cochrane Collaboration Neuromuscular Disease Group and several international journals. She is also on the organising committee for the World Muscle Society conference for 2015.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
  • PhD, Neurological Studies, UCL
  • MSc, Physiotherapy, University of Brighton
  • BSc(Hons), Physiotherapy, University of East London

Professional experience

  • 2014 - present
    Associate professor, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2007 - 2014
    Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London
  • 2004 - 2007
    Research physiotherapist, Institute of Neurology, UCL,
  • 2001 - 2004
    Senior 1 physiotherapist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • 1997 - 2001
    Senior 2 physiotherapist St George's Healthcare NHS Trust,
  • 1995 - 1997
    Basic grade physiotherapist King's College Hospitals NHS Trust,

Research interests

Management of neuromuscular diseases; orthotics in neurological conditions; multiple sclerosis; analysis of walking and running gait; functional and laboratory measurements of balance and postural stability; fatigue in long term conditions; activity, exercise and health in neurological conditions; activity monitoring and exercise testing.

Grants and funding

  • 2013 - present
    £194K NIHR RfPB award: Principle Investogator for a study of aerobic exercise training in people wth neuromuscular diseases. Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, UCLH
  • 2012
    Co-applicant on MRC centre renewal bid for the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, Institute of Neurology, UCL
  • 2011
    £8728 South West London AHSN. Co-applicant in collaboration with
  • 2011
    £40K top up funding to NIHR CAT Clinical Lectureship for a study: Development of functional balance measurement for people with inherited neuropathy
  • 2009
    £125K fellowship awarded by NIHR for the CAT Clinical Lectureship for nurses, midwives and AHPs. Five year, part time fellowship for study titled: Characterising the nature of falls and balance impairments in people with neuromuscular diseases (grant number CAT CL09)
  • 2008
    £110K funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign: Co-applicant for 2 year study, based at UCL, title: Strengthening Hip Flexors to Improve Walking Distance in People with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Principal investigator: Dr Mary Reilly.
  • 2008
    £500 funded by CMTUK for analysis of a qualitative study: The experience of fatigue for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease.

Publications

Number of items: 41.

Article

Hides, Julie, Lambrecht, Gunda, Ramdharry, Gita, Cusack, Rebecca, Bloomberg, Jacob and Stokes, Maria (2017) Parallels between astronauts and terrestrial patients : taking physiotherapy rehabilitation “To infinity and beyond”. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 27(S1), S32-S37. ISSN (print) 2468-7812

O'Connor, Joanne, McCaughan, Dorothy, McDaid, Catriona, Booth, Alison, Fayter, Debra, Rodriguez-Lopez, Roccio, Bowers, Roy, Dyson, Lisa, Iglesias, Cynthia P, Lalor, Simon, O'Connor, Rory J, Phillips, Margaret and Ramdharry, Gita (2016) Orthotic management of instability of the knee related to neuromuscular and central nervous system disorders: systematic review, qualitative study, survey and costing analysis. Health Technology Assessment, 20(55), ISSN (online) 2046-4924

Ramdharry, Gita, Pollard, Alexander, Grant, Robert, Dewar, Elizabeth, Laura, Matilde, Moore, Sarah, Hallsworth, Kate, Ploetz, Thomas, Trenell, Michael and Reilly, Mary (2016) A study of physical activity comparing people with Charcot Marie Tooth disease to normal control subjects. Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN (print) 0963-8288 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Ramdharry, Gita M, Pollard, Alexander, Anderson, Cheryl, Laura, Matilde, Murphy, Sinead M, Dudziec, Magdalena, Dewar, Elizabeth L, Hutton, Elspeth, Grant, Robert and Reilly, Mary M (2015) A pilot study of proximal strength training in Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, ISSN (print) 1085-9489 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Brouner, James, Ramdharry, Gita and Swann, Nicola (2014) An isokinetic method for inducing a localised fatigue effect in the plantarflexors and dorsiflexors of the ankle. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 24(6), pp. 841-847. ISSN (print) 1050-6411

Reffin, Jo, Dewar, Liz, Di Marco, Maria [Contributor], Doran, Nicola [Contributor], Eagle, Michelle [Contributor], Freebody, Jane [Contributor], Glover, Sally [Contributor], Hiscock, Andy [Contributor], Groves, Lynne [Contributor], James, Meredith [Contributor], Lavalee, Gerie [Contributor], Mayhew, Anna [Contributor], Macaulay, Siobhan [Contributor], Newman, Jane [Contributor], Narayan, Suni [Contributor], Ramdharry, Gita [Contributor], Bailey, Geraldine [Contributor], Sizer, Holly [Contributor], Wallace, Amanda [Contributor], White, Claire [Contributor] and Yirrell, Jackie [Contributor] (2014) Exercise advice for adults with muscle-wasting conditions. Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Support and Resources Hub,

Hiscock, A., Dewar, L., Parton, M., Machado, P., Hanna, M. and Ramdharry, G. (2014) Frequency and circumstances of falls in people with Inclusion Body Myositis: a questionnaire survey to explore falls management and physiotherapy provision. Physiotherapy, 100(1), pp. 61-65. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Machado, Pedro M., Ahmed, Mhoriam, Brady, Stefen, Gang, Qiang, Healy, Estelle, Morrow, Jasper M., Wallace, Amanda C., Dewar, Liz, Ramdharry, Gita, Parton, Matthew, Holton, Janice L., Houlden, Henry, Greensmith, Linda and Hanna, Michael G. (2014) Ongoing developments in sporadic inclusion body myositis. Current Rheumatology Reports, 16(477), ISSN (print) 1523-3774

Ramdharry, Gita M., Pollard, Alexander J., Marsden, Jonathan F. and Reilly, Mary M. (2012) Comparing gait performance of people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease who do and do not wear ankle foot orthoses. Physiotherapy Research International, 17(4), pp. 191-199. ISSN (print) 1358-2267

Marsden, Jon, Ramdharry, Gita, Stevenson, Valerie and Thompson, Alan (2012) Muscle paresis and passive stiffness: key determinants in limiting function in hereditary and sporadic spastic paraparesis. Gait & Posture, 35(2), pp. 266-271. ISSN (print) 0966-6362

Ramdharry, Gita, Thornhill, Anna, Mein, Gill, Reilly, Mary and Marsden, Jonathan (2012) Exploring the experience of fatigue in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Neuromuscular Disorders, 22(S3), S208-S213. ISSN (print) 0960-8966

Ramdharry, Gita M, Day, Brian L, Reilly, Mary M and Marsden, Jonathan F (2012) Foot drop splints improve proximal as well as distal leg control during gait in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Muscle & Nerve, 46(4), pp. 512-519. ISSN (print) 0148-639X

Arthur-Farraj, PJ, Murphy, SM, Laura, M, Lunn, MP, Blake, J, Ramdharry, GM, Fox, Z and Reilly, MM (2012) Hand weakness in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease 1X. Neuromuscular Disorders, 22(7), pp. 622-626. ISSN (print) 0960-8966

Ramdharry, Gita M (2010) Rehabilitation in practice: management of lower motor neuron weakness. Clinical Rehabilitation, 24(5), pp. 387-397. ISSN (print) 0269-2155

Ramdharry, Gita M., Day, Brian L., Reilly, Mary M. and Marsden, Jonathan F. (2009) Hip flexor fatigue limits walking in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Muscle & Nerve, 40(1), pp. 103-111. ISSN (print) 0148-639X

Ramdharry, Gita (2006) Case report: Physiotherapy cuts the dose of botulinum toxin. Physiotherapy Research International, 11(2), pp. 117-122. ISSN (print) 1358-2267

Ramdharry, GM, Marsden, JF, Day, BL and Thompson, AJ (2006) De-stabilising and training effects of foot orthoses in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 12(2), pp. 219-226. ISSN (print) 1352-4585

Book Section

Ramdharry, Gita (2011) Polyneuropathies. In: Stokes, Maria and Stack, Emma, (eds.) Physical management for neurological conditions. 3rd ed. London, U.K. : Churchill Livingstone. pp. 189-208. ISBN 9780702047121

Conference or Workshop Item

Male, A., Beith, I., Ramdharry, G., Davies, R. and Grant, R. (2016) Learning to manage Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – preferred methods, challenges and recommendations of physiotherapists interested in vestibular rehabilitation. In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT); 11-12 Nov 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Male, A., Beith, I., Ramdharry, G., Davies, R. and Grant, R. (2016) A survey of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) management by physiotherapists’ interested in vestibular rehabilitation within the United Kingdom. In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT); 11-12 Nov 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Wallace, A, Dewar, L, Pietrusz, A, Dudziec, M, Sterr, A, Laura, M, Skorupinska, I, Skorupinska, M, Hanna, M, Trenell, M, Baio, G, Reilly, M and Ramdharry, G (2015) Evaluating the benefits of community based aerobic training on the physical health and well-being of people with neuromuscular diseases: A pilot study. In: 20th International Conference of the World Muscle Society; 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015, Brighton, U.K..

Selby, V, Ramdharry, G, Balls, D, James, N, Hogrel, M, Hanna, M and Muntoni, F (2015) Fatigability during functional outcome measures in participants with myasthenic conditions. In: 20th International Conference of the World Muscle Society; 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015, Brighton, U.K..

Wallace, A, Dewar, L, Sterr, A, Hanna, M, Trenell, M, Pietrusz, A, Dudziec, M, Hennis, P, Stokes, R, Reilly, M and Ramdharry, G (2015) Normative aerobic exercise values in CMT. In: 20th International Conference of the World Muscle Society; 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015, Brighton, U.K..

Ramsey, D, Scoto, M, Mayhew, A, Ramdharry, G, Wallace, A and Muntoni, F (2015) Revised Hammersmith scale for spinal muscular atrophy: Inter & intra-rater reliability and content validity from a patient perspective. In: 20th International Conference of the World Muscle Society; 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015, Brighton, U.K..

Dudziec, M, Tropman, D, Dewar, L, Wallace, A, Laura, M, Skorupinska, M, Grant, R, Reilly, MM and Ramdharry, G (2015) Functional and symptomatic risk factors for falls for people with neuropathy. In: 2015 Peripheral Nerve Society Biennial Meeting; 27 Jun - 02 Jul 2015, Quebec City, Canada.

Laura, M, Singh, D, Ramdharry, G, Morrow, J, Skorupinska, M, Shy, ME and Reilly, MM (2015) Survey of current management of orthopaedic complications in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. In: 2015 Peripheral Nerve Society Biennial Meeting; 27 Jun - 02 Jul 2015, Quebec City, Canada.

Ramdharry, G., Dudziec, M., Tropman, D., Dewar, E., Wallace, A., Laura, M., Grant, R. and Reilly, M. (2015) Exploring the causes of falls and balance impairments in people with Charcot-Marie Tooth disease. In: World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015; 01 - 04 May 2015, Singapore, Singapore. (Unpublished)

Laura, M, Ramdharry, G, Singh, D, Skorupinska, M and Reilly, MM (2015) Management of the orthopaedic complications in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease patients. In: 2015 Peripheral Nerve Society Biennial Meeting; 27 Jun - 02 Jul 2015, Quebec City, Canada.

Hamm, Karen, Beith, Iain, Ramdharry, Gita, Waygood, Sarah and Grant, Robert (2011) Can we predict attrition and academic success in pre-qualifying physiotherapy programmes? In: World Physical Therapy 2011; 20-23 June 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Pollard, A, Ramdharry, GM, Moore, S, Hallsworth, K, Marsden, JF and Reilly, MM (2010) Comparing activity levels between people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and healthy controls: a pilot study. In: Joint Meeting of the Italian Peripheral Nerve Study Group and the British Peripheral Nerve Society; 08 - 10 Apr 2010, Trieste, Italy. ISSN (print) 1085-9489 (Unpublished)

Ramdharry, GM, Pollard, A, Marsden, JF and Reilly, MM (2010) Comparing gait performance of people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease who do and do not wear ankle foot orthoses. In: Joint Meeting of the Italian Peripheral Nerve Study Group and the British Peripheral Nerve Society; 08 - 10 Apr 2010, Trieste, Italy. ISSN (print) 1085-9489 (Unpublished)

Pollard, Alex, Ramdharry, Gita M, Moore, Sarah, Hallsworth, Kate, Marsden, Jonathan F and Reilly, Mary M (2010) Comparing activity levels between people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and healthy controls: a pilot study. In: UK Neuromuscular Translational Research Conference; 25-26 Mar 2010, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ramdharry, G.M., Reilly, M.M. and Marsden, J.F. (2010) Exploring the experience of living with fatigue in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. In: UK Neuromuscular Translational Research Conference; 25-26 Mar 2010, Oxford, U.K.. ISSN (print) 1873-2364 (Unpublished)

Ramdharry, GM, Day, BL, Reilly, MM and Marsden, JF (2009) Proximal compensation for distal weakness: comparison of subjects with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and healthy subjects with exercise induced weakness. In: Peripheral Nerve Society 2009 Meeting; 04 - 08 Jul 2009, Wurzburg, Germany. ISSN (print) 1085-9489 (Unpublished)

Marsden, Jon, Ramdharry, Gita, Wood, Nick and Thompson, Alan (2007) Factors affecting stiff-legged gait in hereditary and spontaneous spastic paraparesis. In: World Physical Therapy 2007; 2 - 6 Jun 2007, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

Ramdharry, Gita, Marsden, Jon, Day, Brian and Reilly, Mary (2007) Walking endurance and proximal compensation for distal weakness in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. In: World Physical Therapy 2007; 2 - 6 Jun 2007, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

Ramdharry, GM, Day, BL, Reilly, MM and Marsden, JF (2007) Walking endurance and proximal compensation for distal weakness in Charcot Marie Tooth disease. In: 2007 Meeting of the Peripheral Nerve Society; 14-18 Jul 2007, Snowbird, Utah, US.

Ramdharry, G.M. [Designer], Marsden, J.F. [Designer], Day, B.L. [Designer] and Thompson, A.J. [Designer] (2005) Custom made dynamic foot orthoses: an investigation into their effect on balance and gait in people with multiple sclerosis. In: XVIIth Conference of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR); 29 May - 02 Jun 2005, Marseille, France.

Monograph

Stokes, Maria, Evetts, Simon, Rittweger, Joern, Weber, Tobias, Caplan, Nick, Danneals, Lieven, Debuse, Dorothee, Hides, Julie, Kuipers, Andre, Lambrecht, Gunda, Petersen, Nora, Scott, Jonathan, Winnard, Andrew, Zange, Jochen, Barry, Daniel, Beard, David, Bloomberg, Jacob, Blottner, Dietner, Castrucci, Filippo, Cook, Jonathan, Cusack, Rebecca, Liphardt, Anna-Maria, McKay, Carly, Niehoff, Anja and Ramdharry, Gita (2016) ‘Post-mission Exercise (Reconditioning)’ Topical Team final report : Recommendations for future post-mission neuro-musculoskeletal reconditioning research and practice. (Project Report) European Space Agency. 96 p. (Unpublished)

Thesis

Ramdharry, Gita Mary (2008) Compensatory strategies while walking in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: impact and intervention. (PhD thesis), University College London.

Ramdharry, Gita (2004) Custom made dynamic foot orthoses : an investigation into their effect on balance and gait in people with multiple sclerosis. (Other thesis), University of Brighton.

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