Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 3313 8837p.strutton




7L15 (office) 7L10 (lab)Lab BlockCharing Cross Campus





Paul Strutton is a Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology and runs the Nick Davey Laboratory within the MSk lab in the department of Surgery and Cancer. He received his BSc in Neuroscience and PhD in Physiology from King’s College London before taking up a post-doctoral position with Alison McGregor (Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics, Surgery & Cancer) and the late Dr Nick Davey (Neuroscience) at Imperial College London investigating the central nervous system control of muscles in patients with low back pain. In 2003 he became the Principal’s Lecturer in Anatomy and in 2009 a Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology.

His research interests include investigation of the brain control of movement using transcranial magnetic stimulation under normal and pathological conditions such as low back pain, spinal cord injury and fatigue. He has also performed a number of studies investigating parameters of muscle function using both EMG and isokinetic technologies. He is currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Physiological Society, the Anatomical Society of Great Britain & Ireland and was on the Executive committee of the Society for Back Pain Research.

He teaches anatomy and neuroscience for the undergraduate MBBS medical degree, Biomedical Science BSc and the graduate entry MBBS degree. He supervises PhD, BSc, MSc and MRes project students.

He is the Director of Projects for the BSc in Surgery & Anaesthesia and the Course Lead for Anatomy of the Thorax (year 1 MBBS) and course co-lead for Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Spine (year 2 MBBS) and Neuroscience and Mental Health (year 2 MBBS).



Chiou S-Y, Strutton PH, Perez MA, 2018, Crossed Corticospinal Facilitation between Arm and Trunk Muscles in Humans., J Neurophysiol

Chiou S-Y, Koutsos E, Georgiou P, et al., 2018, Association between spectral characteristics of paraspinal muscles and functional disability in patients with low back pain: a cohort study, Bmj Open, Vol:8, ISSN:2044-6055

Hughes SW, Ali M, Sharma P, et al., 2018, Frequency-dependent top-down modulation of temporal summation by anodal transcranial direct-current stimulation of the primary motor cortex in healthy adults., Eur J Pain

Chiou S-Y, Hurry M, Reed T, et al., 2018, Cortical contributions to anticipatory postural adjustments in the trunk, Journal of Physiology-london, Vol:596, ISSN:0022-3751, Pages:1295-1306

Chiou SY, Hellyer PJ, Sharp DJ, et al., 2017, Relationships between the integrity and function of lumbar nerve roots as assessed by diffusion tensor imaging and neurophysiology, Neuroradiology, Vol:59, ISSN:0028-3940, Pages:893-903

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