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Dr Yuri Russo

Dr Yuri Russo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Medical School Building F.04


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


He graduated in sport sciences at the University of Catania in 2015. In 2017, he earned the MSc in health and physical activity (joint degree) defending a thesis on electrophysiological mechanisms underpinning step initiation. He earned his PhD at the University of Rome “Foro Italico” in 2021 with the thesis “From static to dynamic stability: neuromechanical insights of the postural preparation toward step initiation". During his doctorate, he was visiting scholar at the Oregon health and Science University (Portland, OR, USA) where he received further training on transient phases of gait, with particular emphasis on the biomechanical effects of parkinsonism. His latest research is focussing on the development of an intervention to support people’s with Parkinson’s disease to overcome freezing of gait.


Contact details and links to web pages


2021 - Ph.D. (Biomechanics), University of Roma "Foro Italico" (Italy)

2017 - M.Sc. (Joint Degree) European Master in Health & Physical Activity (EMPHA) - University of Roma "Foro Italico" (Italy), Universitat Wien (Austria), Syddansk Universitet (Denmark), Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (Norway), Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln (Germany) - Summa cum laude

2015 - B.Sc. (Hons) Movement Sciences, University of Catania, Italy - Summa cum laude


2021 - Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK

2019 - 2020: Visiting Scholar, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), OR, USA

2017 - 2021 PhD Student, University of Roma "Foro Italico", Italy


Research interests

- Investigating underpinning mechanisms of posture and gait in healthy and special populations

- Developing strategies for improving mobility in people with Parkinson's (especially related to freezing of gait)

Research projects

Weight-shift training to overcome freezing of gait in daily life - Parkinson's UK

Care closer to home in multiple sclerosis: project PARAMS - NIHR

Quantitative Eye-Tracking Analytics for Adaptive XR Training & Rehabilitation in Healthcare - FFG

VReeze: an open-source virtual reality for studying freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease - FFG

Research networks

2019 - Present: Dr Martina Mancini (OHSU, OR, USA)

2016 - Present: Prof Giuseppe Vannozzi (Foro Italico, Italy)

2016 - Present: Prof Valentina Camomilla (Foro Italico, Italy)

2016 - Present: Prof Elena Bergamini (Foro Italico, Italy)


Journal articles

Rum L, Russo Y, Vannozzi G, Macaluso A (2023). "Posture first": Interaction between posture and locomotion in people with low back pain during unexpectedly cued modification of gait initiation motor command. Hum Mov Sci, 89 Abstract.  Author URL.
Siragy T, Russo Y, Young W, Lamb SE (2023). Comparison of over-ground and treadmill perturbations for simulation of real-world slips and trips: a systematic review. Gait Posture, 100, 201-209. Abstract.  Author URL.
Russo Y, Stuart S, Silva-Batista C, Brumbach B, Vannozzi G, Mancini M (2022). Does visual cueing improve gait initiation in people with Parkinson's disease?. Human Movement Science, 84, 102970-102970.
Russo Y, Vannozzi G (2021). Anticipatory postural adjustments in forward and backward single stepping: Task variability and effects of footwear. Journal of Biomechanics, 122, 110442-110442.
Russo Y, Marinkovic D, Obradovic B, Vannozzi G (2021). Characterization of Anticipatory Postural Adjustments in Lateral Stepping: Impact of Footwear and Lower Limb Preference. Sensors, 21(24), 8244-8244. Abstract.
Berchicci M, Russo Y, Bianco V, Quinzi F, Rum L, Macaluso A, Committeri G, Vannozzi G, Di Russo F (2020). Stepping forward, stepping backward: a movement-related cortical potential study unveils distinctive brain activities. Behavioural Brain Research, 388, 112663-112663.
Russo Y, Berchicci M, Di Russo F, Vannozzi G (2019). How do different movement references influence ERP related to gait initiation? a comparative methods’ assessment. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 311, 95-101.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

2023 - Present. Member of the ISPGR Communications Committee

2018 - 2021.  Member of the IUC-BOHNES executive committee, Junior representative

2017 - 2021. PGR Representative at University of Roma "Foro Italico"


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Maha Ahmed S Alghamdi
  • Phaedra Leveridge
  • Chloe Wang

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