Dr Nick Ward

Dr Nick WardTel: 020 3448 3924
Fax: 020 3448 3796
Email: n.ward@ucl.ac.uk

Location:
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Specialities:
Neurorehabilitation and therapy services, Neurology and neurosurgery, Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit

Professional background

Dr Ward is a consultant neurologist at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and a Reader in Clinical Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. His special clinical interest is in stroke and neurorehabilitation, focusing in particular on recovery of arm and hand function through the upper limb neurorehabilitation program. He is co-founder of the UCLP Centre for Neurorehabilitation, co-editor Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation and Associate Editor of the journals Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Dr Ward leads a research programme to help understand the mechanisms of upper limb impairment and treatment after stroke. In particular, he uses structural and functional brain imaging to study the relationship between brain network reorganisation and recovery of movement after stroke.

Research interests

Dr Ward leads a research programme to help understand the mechanisms of upper limb impairment and treatment after stroke. In particular, he uses structural and functional brain imaging to study the relationship between brain network reorganisation and recovery of movement after stroke.

Publications

Selected publications include:

  • Kuppuswamy A, Clark EV, Turner I, Rothwell JC, Ward NS. Post stroke fatigue: a deficit in cortico-motor excitability? Brain 2015; 138: 136-148.
  • Rossiter HE, Boudrias MH, Ward NS. Do movement-related beta oscillations change following stroke? J Neurophysiol. 2014 112(9):2053-8.
  • Kou N, Park CH, Seghier ML, Leff AP, Ward NS. Can fully automated detection of corticospinal tract damage be used in stroke patients? Neurology 2013 2013;80(24):2242-5. Epub 2013 May 8.
  • Rossiter HE, Eaves C, Davis E, Boudrias MH, Park CH, Farmer S, Barnes G, Litvak V, Ward NS. Changes in the location of Cortico-muscular Coherence following Stroke. NeuroImage Clinical 2013;2:50–55.
  • Schulz R, Park CH, Boudrias MH, Gerloff C, Hummel FC, Ward NS. Assessing the integrity of corticospinal pathways from primary and secondary cortical motor areas after stroke. Stroke 2012;43(8):2248-51.
  • Boudrias MH, Goncalves CS, Penny WD, Park CH, Rossiter H, Talelli P, Ward NS. Age-related changes in causal interactions between cortical motor regions during hand grip. NeuroImage 2012;59(4):3398-405.
  • Bestmann S, Swayne OBC, Blankenburg F, Ruff C, Teo J, Weiskopf N, Driver J, Rothwell JC, Ward NS. The role of contralesional dorsal premotor cortex after stroke as studied with concurrent TMS-fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience 2010;30(36):11926-37.
  • Ward NS, Bestmann S, Hartwigsen G, Weiss M, Christensen L, Frackowiak RSJ, Rothwell JC, Siebner H. Low-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation over left dorsal premotor cortex improves the dynamic control of visuospatially cued actions. Journal of Neuroscience 2010;30(27):9216-23.
  • Chen CC, Kilner J, Friston K, Kiebel S, Jolly R, Ward NS. Nonlinear coupling in the human motor system. Journal of Neuroscience 2010;30(25):8393-9.
  • Talelli P, Ewas A, Waddingham W, Rothwell JC, Ward NS. Neural correlates of age-related changes in cortical neurophysiology. NeuroImage 2008; 40: 1772-81.
  • Swayne OBC, Rothwell JC, Ward NS, Greenwood RJ. Stages of motor output reorganisation after hemispheric stroke suggested by longitudinal studies of cortical physiology. Cerebral Cortex 2008; 18(8): 1909-22.
  • Bestmann S, Swayne OBC, Blankenburg F, Ruff C, Haggard P, Weiskopf N, Josephs O, Driver J, Rothwell JC, Ward NS. Dorsal premotor cortex exerts state-dependent causal influences on activity in contralateral primary motor and dorsal premotor cortex. Cerebral Cortex 2008;18(6):1281-91.
  • Ward NS, Swayne OBC, Newton JM. Age-dependent changes in the neural correlates of force modulation: an fMRI study. Neurobiology of Aging 2008; 29(9): 1434-46.
  • Ward NS, Newton JM, Swayne OBC, Lee L, Frackowiak RSJ, Thompson AJ, Greenwood RJ, Rothwell JC. The relationship between brain activity and peak grip force is modulated by corticospinal system integrity after subcortical stroke. European Journal of Neuroscience 2007;25(6):1865-73.
  • Ward NS, Newton JM, Swayne OBC, Lee L, Thompson AJ, Greenwood RJ, Rothwell JC, Frackowiak RSJ. Motor System Activation After Subcortical Stroke Depends On Corticospinal System Integrity. Brain 2006;129:809-819.
  • Ward NS, Brown MM, Thompson AJ, Frackowiak RSJ. The influence of time after stroke on brain activations during a motor task. Annals of Neurology 2004;55(6):829-834.
  • Ward NS, Cohen LG. Mechanisms underlying recovery of motor function after stroke. Arch Neurol 2004;61:1844-8.
  • Ward NS, Brown MM, Thompson AJ, Frackowiak RSJ. Neural correlates of motor recovery after stroke: a longitudinal fMRI study. Brain 2003;126:2476-2496.
  • Ward NS, Brown MM, Thompson AJ, Frackowiak RSJ. Neural correlates of outcome after stroke: a cross-sectional fMRI study. Brain 2003;126:1430-1448.
  • Ward NS, Frackowiak RSJ. Age related changes in the neural correlates of motor performance. Brain 2003;126:873-888.

See https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/sobell/Research/NWard/researchprofile/publications for full list

GMC/GDC number: 3340976