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Dr Rade Durbaba

Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

Rade studied for a BSc in Biophysics at University of East Anglia (awarded 1986). It was here that he 1st got interested in Neuroscience. He followed this up with a Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh.

He then moved to London, initially at the Sherrington School of Physiology, UMDS, St Thomas’ Hospital with Professor Antony Taylor, and subsequently together with Professor Peter Ellaway at Imperial College London (Charing Hospital Site), working on understanding the role that the muscle spindle plays in movement control. He completed on a part-time basis both an MSc in Neurophysiology Basis of Behaviour and a PhD (awarded 2001).

Upon completing his PhD, Rade stayed at Imperial College London, initially as a Senior Research Fellow then as a Research Lecturer.

Rade moved to Northumbria University in 2007 to take up the post of Senior Lecturer, where he teaches Neuroscience and Muscle Physiology on several programmes, including the 1st year of a Medical Degree (DipHE Med Sci) run in partnership with St George’s University Grenada. He is programme leader for the DipHE Med Sci.

Rade Durbaba

My general research area is on understanding the role that sensory feedback from muscle related to length, as provided by the specialised muscle spindle receptor, is involved in movement output and regulation. Most recent focus has been on examining how aging affects this feedback interaction with cortical drive for movement, as provided by the corticospinal pathway.

Am also interested in the role that muscle spindle feedback plays in tremor associated to the diseased state, such as Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.

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  • Corticospinal responses during passive shortening and lengthening of tibialis anterior and soleus in older compared to younger adults, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 Mar 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Task-specific strength increases after lower-limb compound resistance training occurred in the absence of corticospinal changes in vastus lateralis, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Angius, L., Kidgell, D., Frazer, A., Hicks, K., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 1 Jul 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Compound Maximal Motor Unit Response is modulated by contraction intensity, but not contraction type in Tibialis Anterior, Tallent, J., Goodall, S., Kidgell, D., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G. Sep 2019, In: Physiological Reports
  • Corticospinal excitability of tibialis anterior and soleus differs during passive ankle movement, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 Sep 2019, In: Experimental Brain Research
  • Electrical stimulation of human corticospinal axons at the level of the lumbar spinal segments, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Thomas, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 May 2019, In: European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Neurophysiological responses and adaptation following repeated bouts of maximal lengthening contractions in young and older adults, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Temesi, J., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 Nov 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Reduced corticospinal responses in older compared with younger adults during submaximal isometric, shortening, and lengthening contractions, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Hicks, K., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 15 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Corticospinal excitability during shortening and lengthening actions with incremental torque output, Škarabot, J., Tallent, J., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G. 1 Dec 2018, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Differences in force normalising procedures during submaximal anisometric contractions, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. Aug 2018, In: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
  • Muscle spindle and fusimotor activity in locomotion, Ellaway, P., Taylor, A., Durbaba, R. Aug 2015, In: Journal of Anatomy

Jakob Škarabot Neurophysiological responses and adaptation to muscle shortening and lengthening in young and older adults Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 17/01/2020

  • Neurosciences PhD November 01 2001
  • Neurosciences MSc September 01 1995
  • Neurosciences PGDipHE July 01 1987
  • Biophysics BSc July 01 1986
  • Member European College of Sport Science (ECSS) 2012
  • Member Physiological Society 1996
  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Member, Society of Neuroscience


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