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Health Sciences profile

Dr Paulo Silva Pelicioni

PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
QualificationsBachelor of Physiotherapy, Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences, PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine
Research summaryFalls, telehealth, neurological disorders, neurorehabilitation, posture, gait, fNIRS and ageing
Teaching

Paulo is a guest lecturer in:

  • Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science I (PHTY 254)
  • Exercise Prescription for Health, Wellness and Rehabilitation (PHTY 354)
  • Research for Physiotherapy (PHTY 459)

Memberships
  • International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research
  • Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society
  • Brazilian Society of Motor Behaviour
  • NZ Telehealth Forum

Research

Paulo is a physiotherapist and a postdoctoral research fellow who undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of physiotherapy, medical science and public health. His research focuses on falls in older people and people with neurological disorders. Paulo undertook his PhD at the University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia, where he investigated balance disorders and fall risk in people with Parkinson’s disease.

His research aims to:

  1. Understand the mechanisms of falls
  2. Develop and optimise clinical tools for assessments and neurorehabilitation
  3. Investigate the effects of physical exercise on falls prevention
  4. examine motor control and biomechanics involved with gait and balance control
  5. understand the functionality of healthy and pathological brains

Paulo is currently working on the following major research programmes:

  1. Remote evaluation of mobility via telehealth or REMOTE consists in the development of telehealth tools to assess mobility of healthy older people and people with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Post-concussion syndrome. Paulo is developing tools to assist allied-health professionals, clinicians and patients who live in remote areas and in isolation, as well as to assist people who are still under lockdown and have had reduced access to health care services due to COVID-19.
    REMOTE study webpage
  2. Due to COVID-19 infection older people and people with neurological disorders and their caregivers have been suffering from social isolation, loneliness and lack of access to health care services. In this international collaboration workforce, Paulo’s goal is to understand how social isolation and lockdown measures have been affecting mobility of older people, people with neurological disorders and their caregivers.
    Remobilize website
  3. Falls are multifactorial and as part of Paulo’s research he investigates what are the factors (intrinsic and extrinsic) that cause falls and what contribute to an increased falls risk in older people and people with neurological disorders. Paulo also investigates the relationship of physical and cognitive impairment, clinical features and changes in brain activity (using functional near-infrared spectroscopy) and falls in older people and people with neurological disorders. Finally, he has a special interest in balance and mobility interventions to reduce falls in these populations.

He welcomes students’ proposals for honours and Summer Studentship Research supervision in all his areas of expertise such as falls, telehealth and neurorehabilitation.

Additional details

Research grants and fellowships

  • Division of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2021-2022)
  • Associate Investigator - Strategic short-term project, Brain Research New Zealand (2021)

Guest Editor

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Special issue on Rehabilitation for People with Neurological Disorders.

Publications

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Lord, S. R., Okubo, Y., Sturnieks, D. L., & Menant, J. C. (c). People with Parkinson’s disease exhibit reduced cognitive and motor cortical activity when undertaking complex stepping tasks requiring inhibitory control. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, 34(12), 1088-1098. doi: 10.1177/1545968320969943

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Brodie, M. A., Latt, M. D., Menant, J. C., Menz, H. B., Fung, V. S. C., & Lord, S. R. (2018). Head and trunk stability during gait before and after levodopa intake in Parkinson's disease subtypes. Experimental Gerontology, 111, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.06.031

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Menant, J. C., Latt, M. D., & Lord, S. R. (2019). Falls in parkinson’s disease subtypes: Risk factors, locations and circumstances. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(12), 2216. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16122216

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Tijsma, M., Lord, S. R., & Menant, J. (2019). Prefrontal cortical activation measured by fNIRS during walking: effects of age, disease and secondary task. PeerJ. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6833

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Pereira, M. P., Lahr, J., Rodrigues, M. L., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2020). Biomechanical analysis of sit-to-walk in different Parkinson's disease subtypes. Clinical Biomechanics, 75, 105010. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2020.105010

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Lord, S. R., Okubo, Y., Sturnieks, D. L., & Menant, J. C. (c). People with Parkinson’s disease exhibit reduced cognitive and motor cortical activity when undertaking complex stepping tasks requiring inhibitory control. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, 34(12), 1088-1098. doi: 10.1177/1545968320969943

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Brodie, M. A., Latt, M. D., Menant, J. C., Menz, H. B., Fung, V. S. C., & Lord, S. R. (2018). Head and trunk stability during gait before and after levodopa intake in Parkinson's disease subtypes. Experimental Gerontology, 111, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.06.031

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Menant, J. C., Latt, M. D., & Lord, S. R. (2019). Falls in parkinson’s disease subtypes: Risk factors, locations and circumstances. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(12), 2216. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16122216

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Tijsma, M., Lord, S. R., & Menant, J. (2019). Prefrontal cortical activation measured by fNIRS during walking: effects of age, disease and secondary task. PeerJ. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6833

Journal - Research Other

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Pereira, M. P., Lahr, J., Rodrigues, M. L., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2020). Biomechanical analysis of sit-to-walk in different Parkinson's disease subtypes. Clinical Biomechanics, 75, 105010. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2020.105010

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Menant, J. C., Henderson, E. J., Latt, M. D., Brodie, M. A., & Lord, S. R. (2020). Mild and marked executive dysfunction and falls in people with Parkinson's disease. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.11.005

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., & Lord, S. R. (2020). COVID-19 will severely impact older people's lives, and in many more ways than you think! Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 24(4), 293-294. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.04.005

Journal - Research Other

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Schulz-Moore, J. S., Hale, L., Canning, C. G., & Lord, S. R. (2020). Lockdown during COVID-19 and the increase of frailty in people with neurological conditions. Frontiers in Neurology, 11, 604299. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.604299

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Santos, A. D., Tako, K. V., & Santos, P. C. R. (2021). COVID-19 and its impact on human motor control. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior. Advance online publication. Retrieved from https://socibracom.com/bjmb

Journal - Research Other

Gobbi, L. T. B., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Lahr, J., Lirani-Silva, E., Teixeira-Arroyo, C., & dos Santos, P. C. R. (2020). Effect of different types of exercises on psychological and cognitive features in people with Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2020.05.011

Journal - Research Article

Perracini, M. R., de Amorim, J. S. C., Lima, C. A., da Silva, A., Trombini-Souza, F., Pereira, D. S., Silva Pelicioni, P. H., … the REMOBILIZE Research Network (CANSORT-SCI). (2021). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on life-space mobility of older adults living in Brazil: REMOBILIZE STUDY. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 643640. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.643640

Journal - Research Article

Menant, J. C., Maidan, I., Alcock, L., Al-Yahya, E., Cerasa, A., Clark, D. J., … Pelicioni, P. H. S., … Mirelman, A. (2020). A consensus guide to using functional near-infrared spectroscopy in posture and gait research. Gait & Posture, 82, 254-265. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.09.012

Journal - Research Other

Caetano, M. J. D., Lord, S. R., Brodie, M. A., Schoene, D., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Sturnieks, D. L., & Menant, J. C. (2018). Executive functioning, concern about falling and quadriceps strength mediate the relationship between impaired gait adaptability and fall risk in older people. Gait & Posture, 59, 188-192. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.10.017

Journal - Research Article

Gobbi, L. T. B., Lahr, J., Jaimes, D. A. R., Pestana, M. B., & Pelicioni, P. H. S. (2017). Effects of physical activity on walking in individuals with Parkinson's disease. In F. A. Barbieri & R. Vitório (Eds.), Locomotion and posture in older adults: The role of aging and movement disorders. (pp. 177-193). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-48980-3_12

Chapter in Book - Research

Caetano, M. J. D., Menant, J. C., Schoene, D., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Sturnieks, D. L., & Lord, S. R. (2017). Sensorimotor and cognitive predictors of impaired gait adaptability in older people. Journals of Gerontology Series A, 72(9), 1257-1263. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw171

Journal - Research Article

Caetano, M. J. D., Lord, S. R., Schoene, D., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Sturnieks, D. L., & Menant, J. C. (2016). Age-related changes in gait adaptability in response to unpredictable obstacles and stepping targets. Gait & Posture, 46, 35-41. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.02.003

Journal - Research Article

Lahr, J., Pereira, M. P., Pelicioni, P. H. S., de Morais, L. C., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2015). Parkinson's disease patients with dominant hemibody affected by the disease rely more on vision to maintain upright postural control. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 121(3), 923-934. doi: 10.2466/15.PMS.121c26x0

Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P. H. S., Pereira, M. P., Lahr, J., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2015). Análise cinética e cinemática do levantar e andar em jovens e idosos [Kinetic and kinematic analysis of sit to walk task in young and elderly people]. Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte, 37(3), 237-244. doi: 10.1016/j.rbce.2013.05.002

Journal - Research Article

Lahr, J., Pereira, M. P., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Batistela, R. A., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2018). O lado de início da doença influencia a destreza manual de pacientes com doença de Parkinson [The onset side of the disease influences the manual dexterity in patients with Parkinson's disease]. Revista de Terapia Ocupacional da Universidade de São Paulo, 29(3), 223-229. doi: 10.11606/issn.2238-6149.v29i3p223-229

Journal - Research Article

Pereira, M. P., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Lahr, J., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2015). Does proprioceptive system stimulation improve sit-to-walk performance in healthy young adults? Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 27(4), 1113-1116. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.1113

Journal - Research Article

de Morais, L. C., Pereira, M. P., Lahr, J., Pelicioni, P. H. S., Rinaldi, N. M., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2017). Predictors of the functional reach test in people with Parkinson's disease. Journal of Physical Education, 28(1), e2846. doi: 10.4025/jphyseduc.v28i1.2846

Journal - Research Article

Pereira, M. P., Pelicioni, P. H. S., & Gobbi, L. T. B. (2017). RCVibro System: Full description of a custom-made vibratory system and its reliability. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 21(6), 440-448. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2017.09.001

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