Dr Michael Cole
Development & Disability Over the Lifespan
Areas of expertise: biomechanics; movement disorders; neuroscience; motor control; ageing
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1817-7528
Phone: +61 7 36237674
Location: ACU Brisbane Campus
Dr Michael Cole is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. He has an extensive background in the fields of biomechanics and neuroscience and specific expertise with high-technology systems used for assessing balance, mobility, and neuromuscular function in healthy and neurologically impaired populations. Dr Cole completed his PhD in 2009 and has since conducted a range of multi-disciplinary research projects that have aimed to evaluate; i) the relationship between postural instability, gait disability and falls in people with Parkinson’s disease; and ii) the safety and efficacy of invasive (e.g. DBS) and non-invasive (e.g. exercise) therapies for balance and gait disorders in healthy individuals and people with neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis).
In 2011, Dr Cole was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Researcher Fellowship that supported a program of research that employed innovative biomechanics techniques to examine the role of the trunk in maintaining dynamic postural stability and preventing falls in people with Parkinson's disease (2011-2014). Before commencing at the Australian Catholic University, Dr Cole spent 5 years at the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology, where he played an integral role in the gait and movement assessments conducted as part of two separate NHMRC-funded projects (2005-2007; 2008-2010).
Dr Cole intentionally collaborates with clinicians, who are not only accomplished researchers, but also experts in the management of Parkinson's disease to ensure that the findings of his research are clinically relevant and easily translated to the improved care of people living with this condition. Additionally, he publishes in highly respected clinical journals and aligns himself with international societies that have a strong clinical membership that is committed to supporting the rapid translation of research into practice.
- Hubble, R. P., Silburn, P. A., Naughton, G. A., Cole, M. H. (2019). Trunk exercises improve balance in Parkinson disease: A blind phase II randomised-controlled trial. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 43(2), 96-105.
- Mentiplay, B. F., Williams, G., Tan, D., Adair, B., Pua, Y., Bok, C. W., Bower, K. J., Cole, M. H., Ng, Y. S., Lim, L. S., Clark, R. A. (2019). Gait velocity and joint power generation after stroke: Contribution of strength and balance. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(10), 841-849.
- van Andel, S., Cole, M. H., Pepping, G. J. (2019). Associations between gait-related falls and gait adaptations when stepping onto a curb: A prospective falls study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27(3), 309-315.
- Conway, Z. J., Silburn, P. A., Thevathasan, W., O'Maley, K., Naughton, G. A., Cole, M. H. (2019). Alternate subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation parameters to manage motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 6(1), 17-26.
- Perera, T., Tan, J., Cole, M. H., Yohanandan, S., Silberstein, P., Cook, R., Peppard, R., Aziz, T., Coyne, T., Brown, P., Silburn, P., Thevathasan, W. (2018). Balance control systems in Parkinson’s disease and the impact of pedunculopontine area stimulation. Brain, 141(10), 3009-3022.
- Creaby, M., & Cole, M. H. (2018). Gait characteristics and falls in Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 57, 1-8.
- Psarakis, M., Greene, D., Cole, M. H., Lord, S. R., Hoang, P., Brodie, M. A. D. (2018). Wearable technology reveals gait compensations, unstable walking patterns and fatigue in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Physiological Measurement, 39(7), 075004.
- Conway, Z. J., Blackmore, T., Silburn, P. A., Cole, M. H. (2018). Dynamic balance control during stair negotiation for older adults and people with Parkinson disease. Human Movement Science, 59, 30-36.
- Hubble, R., Naughton, G., Silburn, P., Cole, M. H. (2018). Trunk exercises improve gait symmetry in Parkinson disease: A blind phase II randomised-controlled trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(3), 151-159.
- Cole, M. H., Sweeney, M., Conway, Z. J., Blackmore, T., Silburn, P. A. (2017). Imposed faster and slower walking speeds influence gait stability differently in Parkinson fallers. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(4), 639-648.
- Cole, M. H., Naughton, G. A., Silburn, P. A. (2017). Neuromuscular impairments are associated with impaired head and trunk stability during gait in Parkinson fallers. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 31(1), 34-47.
- van Andel, S., Cole, M. H., Pepping, G. J. (2017). A systematic review on perceptual-motor calibration to changes in action capabilities. Human Movement Science, 51, 59-71.
- Cole, M. H., Rippey, J., Naughton, G. A., Silburn, P. A. (2016). Use of a short-form balance confidence scale to predict future recurrent fallers in Parkinson's disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(1), 152-156.
- Hubble, R. P., Naughton, G. A., Silburn, P. A., Cole, M. H. (2015). Wearable sensor use for assessing standing balance and walking stability in people with Parkinson's disease: A systematic review. PLoS One, 10(4), e0123705.
- Qiu, F., Cole, M. H., Davids, K. W., Hennig, E. M., Silburn, P. A., Netscher, H., Kerr, G. K. (2013). Effects of textured insoles on balance in people with Parkinson's disease. PLoS One, 8(12), e83309.
- Thevathasan, W., Cole, M. H., Graepel, C., Hyam, J. A., Jenkinson, N., Brittain, J. S., Coyne, T. J., Silburn, P. A., Aziz, T. Z, Kerr, G., Brown P. (2012). A spatiotemporal analysis of gait freezing and the impact of pedunculopontine nucleus stimulation. Brain, 135(5), 1446-1454.
- Wilcox, R. A., Cole, M. H., Wong, D., Coyne, T., Silburn, P. A., Kerr, G. K. (2011). Pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation produces sustained improvement in primary progressive freezing of gait. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82(11), 1256-1259.
- Cole, M. H., Silburn, P. A., Wood, J. M., Kerr, G. K. (2011). Falls in Parkinson's disease: Evidence for altered stepping strategies on compliant surfaces. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 17(8), 610-616.
- Cole, M. H., Silburn, P. A., Wood, J. M., Worringham, C. J., Kerr, G. K. (2010). Falls in Parkinson's disease: kinematic evidence for impaired head and trunk control. Movement Disorders, 25(14), 2369-2378.
- Kerr, G. K., Worringham, C., Cole, M. H., Lacherez, P., Wood, J. M., Silburn, P. A. (2010). Predictors of future falls in Parkinson's disease. Neurology, 75(2), 116-124.
- 2017-2021, Queensland Academy of Sport: Warman, G. Pepping, G., Cole, M. H., Investigating the relationship between visual exploratory behaviours, posture and physiological load in field hockey athletes. $57,750
- 2017-2020: Conway, Z., Cole, M. H., Silburn, P. A., Johnson, L., Optimising the post-operative management of Parkinson's disease patients with deep brain stimulation.
Accolades and awards
- National Health and Medical Research Council ECR Fellowship, 2011-2014
- Australian Postgraduate Award, 2003-2005
Appointments and affiliations
- Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, 2014-
- Lecturer, School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, 2011-2014
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, 2009-2010
- Research Associate, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, 2005-2009
- Parkinson’s Queensland Incorporated
- Movement Disorders Society
- Australian & New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
- International Society of Biomechanics
International journal review panel
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) peer reviewer
- Australian Research Council (ARC) peer reviewer
- Parkinson’s UK peer reviewer
- Austrian Scientific Fund (FWF) peer reviewer
- Annals of Neurology
- Movement Disorders
- Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
- Journal of Biomechanics