Anna Basu


Dr Anna Basu studied preclinical medicine at Cambridge, including a research year with Professor Roger Lemon and Research Occupational Therapist Ailie Turton using transcranial magnetic stimulation to investigate the corticospinal tract in adults following stroke. She trained in clinical medicine at Oxford and then in paediatric neurology in Newcastle upon Tyne. She completed a PhD in neuroscience with Professor Eyre in 2007, looking at assessment of cortical plasticity following early brain lesions – this led to papers in Annals of Neurology and the Journal of Neuroscience. She recently completed an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship and has been awarded an NIHR Career Development Fellowship around early intervention in perinatal stroke. Her research focusses on assessing and intervening to improve upper limb function in children with, or at risk of, hemiplegic cerebral palsy. She works at Newcastle University and as a consultant paediatric neurologist at the Great North Childrens Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Areas of Research

Anna's research is in neurological disorders of children, particularly those of cerebral palsy and neurocognition. She is working on projects which address the way in which the motor system can adapt to early damage and the role of the mirror neuron system to motor learning, as well as ways of assessing motor function and motor planning. She is also studying interventions in perinatal stroke.

To view Anna Basu's publications, group membership and qualifications please see her University profile.

Current Studies



This study uses smart phone technology to support Early Speech And Language Therapy for very young children with motor disorders.


eTIPS stands for “Early Therapy in Perinatal Stroke”. With input from therapists and from parents of children who have had a perinatal stroke, we have designed a manual, website and videos to support parents of infants with perinatal stroke.

Understanding Frames

The purpose of this study is to understand the current use of standing frames in children with cerebral palsy in the UK, and to consider how we may design a research trial or trials to develop clinical evidence for standing frame use.

Recently Completed Studies

Fun 'n' Games

A trial comparing two forms of play-based therapy to improve upper limb function in children with hemiplegia age 3-10 years.