Annegret Hagenberg

My main research focus lies on visual illusions and their use in rehabilitation.

Stroke numbness study update: data collection has been stopped due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Annegret Hagenberg

PhD student

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building (RKCSB), level 2

Room 237


Honorary Visiting Fellow

Department of Informatics

Computer Science Building

Room G16

University of Leicester

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7605


Annegret Hagenburg



I qualified as a physiotherapist in Munich in 1988, specialised in Manual Therapy (Kaltenborn-Evjenth Concept) and Adult Bobath (IBITAH), and in 2012 obtained an MSc in Physiotherapy from Coventry University.

I am Chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society (PRS), member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. I worked as a Research Physiotherapist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Unusual cases in neurology and pain are most interesting for me, as far as my time allows.

Since 2012 I have been conducting research at the University of Leicester at the Centre for Medical Humanities, with the Research and Enterprise Division and more recently with the Department of Informatics. I am currently conducting a PhD project at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

My research interests include the use of visual illusions to tackle pain, motor and sensory impairment, and to understand sensory changes in pain and neurological conditions. This involves bridging the gaps between research, practice and service provision, and between disciplines on an international level. I use knowledge transfer between research and practice and I aim for high impact on society, especially those distressed by pain and functional loss.

Current Research Projects:

I am currently focussing on my PhD project in sensory rehabilitation in stroke.

Please email me on or call 0116 229 7605 if you are interested.


  • Collaboration with researchers and health care professionals on an international level;
  • Chairing the Physiotherapy Research Society (PRS);
  • Participation at Initiativgruppe Verkammerung (Physiotherapie) in Germany;
  • Implementation of Mirror Therapy at health care settings;
  • Consultancy and CPD courses on Mirror Therapy for health professionals.

Member or past member of the following societies:

  • Registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC);
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP);
  • Member of International Association for the Study of Pain (since 2011);
  • Member of Physio-Deutschland, Landesverband Bayern;
  • Past member of British Pain Society (BPS) and European Pain Federation (EFIC);
  • Member of Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA);
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN);
  • Past member of Association for Medical Humanities (AMH);
  • Member of Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR).



  • Clague-Baker N, Robinson T, Hagenberg A, Drewry S, Gillies C and Singh S (2018) The validity and reliability of the Incremental Shuttle Walk Test and Six-minute Walk Test compared to an Incremental Cycle Test for people who have had a mild-to-moderate stroke. Physiotherapy DOI: 10.1016/
  • Hagenberg A and Casale R (NN) Mirror Therapy in the treatment of a patient with recurrent complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): A single-patient case study. Pain and Rehabilitation – the Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association (accepted for publication)
  • Hagenberg A, Gimson M, Bothelius K and Connell LA (2017) A service evaluation of mirror therapy in an out-patient lower limb prosthetics clinic. Conference booklet of the SRR/EFRR conference in Glasgow, 24-27 May 2017 (abstract, poster)
  • Hagenberg A, Hodgson C and Seaman S (2017): Sensory referral in stroke treatment: An interview study on a complex intervention. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation Vol 24 p 10-11 (abstract, poster)
  • Law, E. L-C., & Hagenberg, A. (2017). Clinicians’ Attitudes and Practices on Technology-Supported Notetaking: A Survey. Proceedings of the 31st BCS Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference, 3-6 July 2017, Sunderland, UK.
  • Hagenberg A and Diers M: Using a Mirror to Talk to the Body - Altering Phantom Limbs. Association of Medical Humanities International Journal, Vol 1 No 1, page 33 (Abstract)
  • Casale R, Furnari A, Lamberti RC, Kouloulas E, Hagenberg A, Mallik M.: Mirror, mirror of the wall: mirror therapy in the treatment of phantom limbs and phantom limb pain. [Article in Italian]; Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 2015 37 Suppl(3):52-6. PMID: 26731959
  • Clague-Baker N, Carpenter C, Singh S, Robinson T, Drewry S, Hagenberg A. Attitudes towards cardiac rehabilitation for people with mild to moderate subacute stroke. International Journal of Stroke. 2015;10(supplement 5):38. (Abstract)
  • Clague-Baker N, Carpenter C, Singh S, Robinson T, Drewry S, Hagenberg A. Attitudes and understanding of exercise and healthy lifestyles in people with mild to moderate subacute stroke. International Journal of Stroke. 2015;10(supplement 5):40. (Abstract)
  • Panda S, Bali S, Kirubakaran R, Hagenberg A. Telerehabilitation and total knee arthroplasty: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2015;22(Sup8):S6-S. (Abstract)
  • Hagenberg A and Carpenter C (2014) “Mirror Visual Feedback for Phantom Pain: International experience on modalities and side effects discussed by expert panel. A Delphi Study“ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 6(8): 708-715 (Pubmed)
  • Hagenberg A (2014) “Clear Effect of Reversed Mirror Therapy on Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain – a Case Seen in Physiotherapy” Journal of Observational Pain Medicine 1(3) 51-57. (JoOPM

Public Engagement:

  • ·Dissemination event of cardio-stroke study 18 July 2017:


  • 7 June 2013 - Visual Illusions –Past, Present and Future Use. This interdisciplinary conference, funded by the Wellcome Trust, attracted an audience of more than 100 and speakers from Germany, Australia, and the USA, as well as seven other British Universities
  • 24 April 2015 - Bridging Gaps in Research – linking areas, professions and theory with practice - A PRS conference (Physiotherapy Research Society) in collaboration with the AHPRN (Allied Health Professionals Regional Network), Leicester Medical School, and the Centre for Medical Humanities.
  • 16 April 2016 - Improving Quality of Life of People with Chronic Conditions Keynotes on insights into hurdles in research, writing effectively and research translations are complemented by a range of free papers and posters.

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