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Academic Biography

Alasdair is Principal Lecturer in Research Governance and also holds other roles including Vice Chair of Teesside University Research Ethics Committee (REC) and Chair of School of Health & Social Care Research Governance and Ethics Committee. Alasdair also Chair's one of the North East's Health Research Authority, Research Ethics Service, RECs.

Alasdair works with the Institute's and School’s staff, students and our research collaborators to facilitate excellence in our research governance.

Alasdair qualified as a Physiotherapist at Glasgow Caledonian University and his academic career began there as a Research Assistant working on a wide range of research projects in the then Department of Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography. Alasdair went on to be employed as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and then a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Course Leader for M.Sc. Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) and School of Health Sciences Research Coordinator at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen before joining Teesside in 2007. Alasdair has maintained his clinical experience through private practice and work for Strathclyde Police Occupational Health and Welfare Unit, in Sports Injury Clinics and as an Ergonomic Consultant.

Alasdair completed his Ph.D - studying the efficacy of a hydrotherapy and land based aerobic exercise programme for female Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. His primary area of research interest is in physical and other interventions in the Rheumatic diseases. He also has an active interest in research in the areas of exercise, physical activity and Alternative and Complementary therapies, especially Acupuncture.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Physical and other interventions in the Rheumatic diseases
  • Exercise, physical activity and Alternative and Complementary therapies, especially Acupuncture

External research funding since 2008

  • The effectiveness of Acupuncture for Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, of the lower limb and foot, following Paclitaxel treatment for Ovarian Cancer: a single blind randomised control trial. South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, £24,989
  • £30,000 ARUK Educational Grant with Prof Martin as co-applicant - The Pain Garden: development and evaluation of an online educational tool to improve patients' understanding and provoke learning about the multidimensional nature of persistent pain.

PhD supervision - ongoing

  • Jon Robinson - Virtual Rehabilitation Of Pain And Function For People With Multiple Sclerosis
  • Gillian Barry - The effects of virtual reality augmented rehabilitation on function for people with low back pain
  • Yvonne Khoo - Virtual reality augmented rehabilitation to improve postural stability in older people with chronic pain
  • Lisa Esmonde - Examination of non-specific therapist effects in measured symptom change following conventional alopathic and alternative treatment modalities with persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Lay Khoon Lau - The influence of the higher cognitive systems and various methods of cervical joint position error calculation on cervical joint position sense among idiopathic neck pain patients

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Research Output 2001 2017

  • 8 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter

A randomised crossover trial comparing Thai and Swedish massage for fatigue and depleted energy

MacSween, A., Lorrimer, S., Van Schaik, P., Holmes, M. & Van Wersch, A., 23 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cross-Over Studies
9 Downloads (Pure)

Standards for Ethics in Sport and Exercise Science Research: 2018 Update

Harriss, D., MacSween, A. & Atkinson, G., 19 Dec 2017, In : International Journal of Sports Medicine. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Sample Size
7 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
Heart Rate
Research Design
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Multiple Sclerosis
Randomized Controlled Trials
1 Citation (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

An investigation of user acceptance and flow experience using video-capture gaming technology for exercise

Barry, G., Van Schaik, P., MacSween, A., Dixon, J. & Martin, D., 2011, International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2011. Thalmann, D. (ed.). IEEE, 5971810

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearch

Open Access
Sedentary Lifestyle
Exercise Therapy