Meet our Board: Aline Haas

The Somatic Practice and Chronic Pain Network has a series of blog items called “Meet our Board” where we will share various items introducing  members of the newly formed Board. The Network is keen  to build a space that is respectful, safe, inclusive and active.

For the fourth post in the series, we have Dr. Aline Nogueira Haas, Associate Professor at the School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Dance, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil.

Aline merges her backgrounds in dance science and health. She has a BSc in Sports and PhD in Medicine Science. She is also a dance and Pilates practitioner/researcher and educator. Her recent research projects are about the effects of dance on well-being for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Chronic pain often affects those with Parkinson’s and has been informing Aline’s research.

Five older women stretch their arms forward on front of their bodies while they are sitting down

Although from Brazil, Aline has travelled internationally for her research. Currently, Aline is Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Previously, she worked as Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dance Science at University of Wolverhampton, UK. She is also a Member of the Research Committee at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Aline’s hopes for the Network are to make international connections and partnerships to explore how somatic practices can prevent and reduce chronic pain in different populations.

And at the time of writing this blog entry, Aline is reading about “Dance and Dementia”.

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