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Meet the Team

Core Staff

Dr. Alison Lane (DREX Project Director)
I studied psychology at Durham University, before beginning my PhD and then becoming a lecturer in 2010. The research that myself and colleagues have been conducting throughout this time has focused upon the development and evaluation of training programmes for individuals with visual problems resulting from brain injury. The aim has been to try and develop a compensatory training which is not only effective, but also accessible. DREX is the latest development from this work, although the research continues to try and maximise the effectiveness of the intervention.

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Dr. Amanda Ellison (DREX Project Consultant)
My interests include the neuroscientific basis of vision; neuronal disruption in migraine headache; visuomotor systems; sensorimotor cortical interfacing; thalamocortical dysrhythmia and the rehabilitative benefits of TMS.

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Mr. Azuwan Musa (DREX Research Postgraduate)
I completed my PhD at Durham University in 2018. During this time I conducted a clinical trial called ‘Visuomotor training for Hemianopia”, and also investigated whether the DREX training may be beneficial for people with partial visual field loss caused by ocular pathologies such as glaucoma. I am now an Assistant Professor at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and continue to work on rehabilitation in low vision.

Dr. Stephen Dunne
I completed my PhD in 2014, investigating the effects of monetary rewards on eye movements with a view to creating a clinical model of rehabilitation for sufferers of visual field deficits. Between 2014 and 2018 I worked as the DREX project manager, responsible for the dissemination of the application to various NHS Foundations within the United Kingdom, and conducted research exploring how to make the DREX training more beneficial. I am now a lecturer at Sunderland University and active collaborator for ongoing research involving DREX.

Dr. Neil Archibald (Clinical Supervisor)
Consultant neurologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, specialising in Parkinson's disease. Also completed a Ph.D. which included investigating visual exploration in people with Parkinson's disease. Current role in the DREX project is as the Clinical Supervisor for the ongoing trial "Visuomotor training for Hemianopia".

Dr Daniel Smith
I am an Associate Professor in the psychology department at Durham University. My research examines the interaction between the motor system, specifically the oculomotor system, and cognitive processes such as attention, working memory and motivation. I try to apply these findings to developing novel techniques for neurorehabilitation.

Professor Thomas Schenk
Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Clinical research includes rehabilitation studies on patients with hemianopia, neglect, MS, PD, ataxia, focal dystonia and patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Research Articles

Please find below a list of recent publications from the DREX research team which are related to visual field defects and their rehabilitation. Where possible links to the articles have been provided.

  • Aimola, L., Lane, A. R., Smith, D. T. Kerkhoff, G., Ford, G. A., Schenk, T. (2014) Efficacy and feasability of home-based training for individuals with homonymous visual field defects. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair,28: 207-218. Online version
  • Schuett S, Heywood CA, Kentridge RW, Dauner R & Zihl J. (2012) Rehabilitation of reading and visual exploration in visual field disorders: transfer or specificity? Brain,135: 912-921. Online version
  • Lane AR,Smith DT,Ellison A and Schenk T. (2010) Visual exploration training is no better than attention training for treating hemianopia. Brain, 133: 1717-1728.
  • Schuett S, Kentridge RW, Zihl J, & Heywood CA. (2009). Are hemianopic reading and visual exploration impairments visually elicited? New insights from eye movements in simulated hemianopia. Neuropsychologia,47: 733-746. Online version
  • Schuett S, Heywood CA, Kentridge RW, & Zihl J. (2008) Rehabilitation of hemianopic dyslexia: Are words necessary for re-learning oculomotor control? Brain, 131: 3156-3168. Online version
  • Smith DT, Lane AR, & Schenk T. (2008) Arm position does not attenuate visual loss in patients with homonymous field deficits. Neuropsychologia,46: 2320-2325. Online version
  • Lane, A.R., Smith, D.T. & Schenk, T. 2008. Clinical treatment options for patients with homonymous visual field defects. Clinical Opthalmology, 2: 93-102. Online version
  • Schuett S, Heywood CA, Kentridge RW, & Zihl J. (2008) The significance of visual information processing in reading: Insights from hemianopic dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 46: 2445-2462. Online version
There is no doubt in my mind that I have learned to cope much better visually with the help of the training programme. I can read and write much better. The programme has taught me patience, given me confidence and raised my self-esteem.