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Professor Sallie Lamb



Professor of Rehabilitation


WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7657 4658

Research Interests


Orthopaedics, musculo-skeletal trauma

Physical Activity Exercise in rehabilitation

Clinical Trials Methodology and Statistics


Professor Sarah (Sallie) Lamb is Professor of Rehabilitation at Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick, and also the Kadoorie Professor of Trauma Rehabilitation at the University of Oxford. Professor Lamb qualified in 1986 from Salford School of Physiotherapy and has substantial clinical experience of working with frail older people. She was awarded an MSc in Rehabilitation with Distinction from Southampton University in 1991, and subsequently awarded the PPP Research Fellowship in Healthcare of Older People at the University of Oxford in 1991, where she completed a doctoral study of mobility limitation in frail older people under the supervision of eminent gerontologist, Professor Sir John Grimley Evans. In 1995, she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship by the Commonwealth Fund of New York, to study fall and disability prevention in older people in the United States, and was appointed as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Aging of the United States. This collaboration continues, and has resulted in substantial numbers of publications and joint projects. Professor Lamb has subsequently studied Statistics at the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and on a part-time basis, the Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. In 2008 Sarah Lamb was recognised a foundation senior investigator of the National Institute of Health Research in the UK, and of being within the top 200 investigators contributing to patient centred research in the UK. Professor Lamb was appointed the Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment commissioning board in 2009. She is a member of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guideline panel on hip fracture, and the international review panel for registration of UK Clinical Trials Units. Professor Lamb also sits on the NIHR Clinician Scientist Panel, and the NIHR Research Fellowship and Internship panel. Her interests in gerontology span understanding physiological mechanisms of mobility limitation, frailty and falls in older people, to developing interventions that can be applied to improve quality of life and function of older people who have multiple co-morbidities and cognitive impairments. These include exercise interventions to target the geriatric syndromes (falls, frailty, incontinence and depression), multi-factorial interventions for the prevention of falls and fractures, minimally invasive approaches to the management of severe injury and fracture in older people, interventions for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and back pain, and studies to improve field testing and diagnosis of gait and mobility problems in older people.

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Psychological factors in recovery from acute neck injury. Date of Completion:2009
  • Non-pharmacological management of early hip pain and osteoarthritis. Date of Completion:2008
  • Residual disability and fear of falling in older women with Colles fracture Date of Completion:2002
  • Promoting follow up in randomised controlled trials of acute injury management Date of Completion:2006
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy in low back pain.Issues in professional competency. Date of Completion:2008
  • The effectiveness of cyrotherapy after total knee replacement Date of Completion:2004
  • PhD, The effectiveness of physiotherapy treatments for low back pain Date of Completion:2007
  • Physical activity transitions in response to a Health Promotion Intervention in the UK Date of Completion:2002
  • The effect on muscle function of surgical correction of leg length deformities using the Ilizarov External Fixator: Implications for Rehabilitation Date of Completion:2001
  • The discriminatory validity of the New Zealand Scoring Tool to ascertain clinical need for Total Knee Replacement Date of Completion:2004

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