Associate Professor Lynley Bradnam

Dip Phty ATI., MHSc AIT., PhD Auck.

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Associate Professor


Associate Professor Lynley Bradnam joined the Department of Exercise Science in 2018. She is a New Zealand registered physiotherapist who has held academic positions in Universities in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia since 1998. She completed her PhD in Exercise Science in 2011. Dr Bradnam is also an Honorary Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Research | Current

My research interest is in the topic of neurorehabilitation, particularly for movement disorders such as dystonia  and Parkinsons disease, and after stroke. My research uses non-invasive brain stimulation to study brain function and and neuromodulation of the brain, in particular the cerebellum, as an adjuvant or alternative to treatments available at present. My research has led to new understanding of postural and functional deficits in people living with dystonia. I am also interested in the efficacy of exercise combined with self-management for rehabilitation of neurological populations.

Teaching | Current

EXERSCI 710 Exercise Rehabilitation Course Coordinator

EXERSCI103 Human Anatomy Course Coordinator


Flinders University Vice Chancellors Award for Early Career Researchers 2011

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McCambridge, A. B., Zaslawski, C., & Bradnam, L. V. (2019). Investigating the mechanisms of acupuncture on neural excitability in healthy adults. Neuroreport, 30 (2), 71-76. 10.1097/wnr.0000000000001159
  • Bradnam, L., Chen, C., Graetz, L., & Loetscher, T. (2018). Reduced vision-related quality of life in people living with dystonia. Disability and rehabilitation, 1-5. 10.1080/09638288.2018.1528636
  • Prudente, C. N., Zetterberg, L., Bring, A., Bradnam, L., & Kimberley, T. J. (2018). Systematic Review of Rehabilitation in Focal Dystonias: Classification and Recommendations. Movement disorders clinical practice, 5 (3), 237-245. 10.1002/mdc3.12574
  • Boyce, M. J., Lam, L., Chang, F., Mahant, N., Fung, V. S. C., & Bradnam, L. (2017). Validation of Fear of Falling and Balance Confidence Assessment Scales in Persons With Dystonia. Journal of neurologic physical therapy : JNPT, 41 (4), 239-244. 10.1097/npt.0000000000000198
  • Hordacre, B., Bradnam, L. V., & Crotty, M. (2017). Reorganization of the primary motor cortex following lower-limb amputation for vascular disease: a pre-post-amputation comparison. Disability and rehabilitation, 39 (17), 1722-1728. 10.1080/09638288.2016.1207110
  • Barr, C., Barnard, R., Edwards, L., Lennon, S., & Bradnam, L. (2017). Impairments of balance, stepping reactions and gait in people with cervical dystonia. Gait & posture, 55, 55-61. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.04.004
  • Bradnam, L. V., McDonnell, M. N., & Ridding, M. C. (2016). Cerebellar Intermittent Theta-Burst Stimulation and Motor Control Training in Individuals with Cervical Dystonia. Brain sciences, 6 (4).10.3390/brainsci6040056
  • Doeltgen, S. H., Young, J., & Bradnam, L. V. (2016). Anodal Direct Current Stimulation of the Cerebellum Reduces Cerebellar Brain Inhibition but Does Not Influence Afferent Input from the Hand or Face in Healthy Adults. Cerebellum (London, England), 15 (4), 466-474. 10.1007/s12311-015-0713-5


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Primary office location

BUILDING 904 - Bldg 904
Level 2, Room 232
New Zealand

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