Associate Professor James William Stinear

MChiroSci (Macquarie University), MSc/PhD (University of Auckland)

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

James Stinear’s research includes the development of novel therapies that combine repetitive limb movement and non-invasive magnetic and electrical brain stimulation to induce beneficial neuroplasticity following brain injury and stroke.

He is applying these procedures to assist adults recover better postural control, leg, arm and hand function after stroke, and he is assessing a parent-administered therapy to suppress the development of movement disorders following perinatal stroke.

His research collaborations include studies being conducted in the US that examine neural adaptation to tendon transfer surgery in patients with spinal cord injury, and the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to treat aphasia.


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McCambridge, A. B., Stinear, J. W., Peek, S., & Byblow, W. D. (2017). Propriospinal cutaneous-induced EMG suppression is unaltered by anodal tDCS of healthy motor cortex. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 128 (9), 1608-1616. 10.1016/j.clinph.2017.06.035
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Chen, C.-Y., Georgieff, M., Elison, J., Chen, M., Stinear, J., Mueller, B., ... Gillick, B. (2017). Understanding Brain Reorganization in Infants With Perinatal Stroke Through Neuroexcitability and Neuroimaging. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 29 (2), 173-178. 10.1097/pep.0000000000000365
  • Smith, M.-C., Stinear, J. W., Alan Barber, P., & Stinear, C. M. (2017). Effects of non-target leg activation, TMS coil orientation, and limb dominance on lower limb motor cortex excitability. Brain research, 1655, 10-16. 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.11.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathy Stinear, Alan Barber, Marie-Claire Smith
  • Kora, K., Stinear, J., & McDaid, A. (2016). Design, Analysis, and Optimization of an Acute Stroke Gait Rehabilitation Device. Journal of Medical Devices, 11 (1)10.1115/1.4035127
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kazuto Kora
  • Smith, M. C., Stinear, J., Barber, P. A., & Stinear, C. M. (12/11/2016). An algorithm to predict recovery of independent ambulation after stroke. Poster presented at Neuroscience 2016: Society for Neuroscience 46th Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathy Stinear, Alan Barber, Marie-Claire Smith
  • Tian, T., Budgett, S., Stinear, J., Smalldridge, J., Hayward, L., Nielsen, P., & Kruger, J. (2016). Is it what you do or the way you do it?. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International-Continence-Society (ICS), Tokyo, JAPAN. 13 September - 16 September 2016. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 10.1002/nau.23074
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Budgett, Poul Nielsen, Jennifer Kruger, Jackie Smalldridge
  • Srzich, A. J., Byblow, W. D., Stinear, J. W., Cirillo, J., & Anson, J. G. (2016). Can motor imagery and hypnotic susceptibility explain Conversion Disorder with motor symptoms?. Neuropsychologia, 89, 287-298. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, Greg Anson, John Cirillo
  • McCambridge, A. B., Stinear, J. W., & Byblow, W. D. (2016). Neurophysiological and behavioural effects of dual-hemisphere transcranial direct current stimulation on the proximal upper limb. Experimental brain research, 234 (6), 1419-1428. 10.1007/s00221-015-4547-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow

Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 731 - Bldg 731
Level 3, Room 341
New Zealand