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Stephen Lord

Current Appointments

Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC
Conjoint Professor, UNSW
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Professor Stephen Lord is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia. He has published over 400 papers in the areas of balance, gait and falls in older people and is acknowledged as a leading international researcher in his field. His research follows two main themes: the identification of physiological risk factors for falls and the development and evaluation of fall prevention strategies. Key aspects of this research have been the elucidation of sensorimotor factors that underpin balance and gait and the design and evaluation of exercise programs for older people including those at increased risk of falls, i.e. people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia and frailty. His methodology and approach to fall-risk assessment has been adopted by many researchers and clinicians across the world and he is actively engaged in initiatives aimed at implementing falls prevention evidence into policy and practice.

In December 2019, Stephen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the President of the British Geriatrics Society in recognition for his contribution to falls research.


2024 Apr

Cognitive and physical declines and falls in older people with and without mild cognitive impairment: a 7-year longitudinal study

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2024, 11 Feb

Effect of cognitive training on cognitive function in community‐dwelling older people with mild‐to‐moderate dementia: A single‐blind randomised controlled trial

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2023 Jun

Use of a physiological profile to document upper limb motor impairment in ageing and in neurological conditions

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2022 Dec

The rising cost of falls – Health researchers are calling for action

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2022 Sep

Quantifying upper-limb motor impairment in people with multiple sclerosis: A physiological profiling approach

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2022, 13 Jun

A Case Management Program at Home to Reduce Fall Risk in Older Adults (the MAGIC Study): Protocol for a Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial

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2022, 16 Mar

The use of predictive fall models for older adults receiving aged care, using routinely collected electronic health record data: a systematic review.

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2022, 09 Mar

Modifiable intrinsic factors related to occupational falls in older workers.

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2022, 08 Mar

What helps older people persevere with yoga classes? A realist process evaluation of a COVID-19-affected yoga program for fall prevention.

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2022, 01 Mar

Patterns of health service use before and after a statewide fall prevention initiative for older adults at risk of falls.

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