Imperial College London

Dr Janet Deane

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Research Associate







Biodynamics Laboratory, 7th FlooCharing Cross HospitalCharing Cross Campus





Janet originally qualified as a biological and chemical scientist in University College Cork, Ireland, where her work in organ and cellular research inspired her interest in translational medicine and human performance.  In 2001, Janet graduated as a Physiotherapist from King’s College London and has since worked as a senior musculoskeletal specialist fulfilling roles in the NHS (Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospital), charitable organisations (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) and the private sector where she has applied an evidence based approach to patient management and gained a unique insight into arthritis and low back pain which have become key research interests.

As a specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Janet committed to translational research through her work on the FASTER low back pain rehabilitation study with Professor Alison McGregor at Imperial College and advanced MSc musculoskeletal research in joint hypermobility with Rosemary Keer and Dr. Jane Simmonds at University College London.

In 2012, Janet qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).  She has since undertaken musculoskeletal lectureship roles in both BSc and MSc Physiotherapy programmes at University College Limerick, Ireland and King’s College London and has contributed towards the supervision of student research projects (BSc and MSc) at King’s College London, University College London, Imperial College and the University of Limerick, Ireland.  

Janet was recently awarded a PhD in Clinical Biomechanics by Imperial College London. This research was funded by a Versus Arthritis Clinical Doctoral Fellowship and supervised by Professor Alison McGregor, Dr Paul Strutton and Dr Andrew Phillips. This study aimed to understand the impact of Lumbar Disc Degeneration and recurrent low back pain by evaluating biomedical sub-classifiers for this condition using MRI, kinematic and EMG analysis methods.  

Since completing her PhD Janet has worked with the OATechplus Network, Cardiff University and Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The aim of this research is to determine factors impacting upon arthritis research translation in order to develop an arthritis ‘impact toolkit’ for patients, researchers and clinicians.  

More recently, Janet has become one of the first NIHR Clinical Lecturers in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Manchester where, in addition to continuing her research in the field of low back pain, Janet will lead the Allied Health Professional (AHP) research transformation agenda and enhance AHP research capacity and capability within the NHS.

Janet has been privileged to present at national and international conferences, winning several awards including: The ‘New Investigator’s Award’ and the ‘Secretary’s Award’ by the Society for Back Pain Research (SBPR) U.K. and the Imperial College ‘Research Community Fund’ award. Through funds awarded to by the United Kingdom Spine Societies Board (UKSSB) Janet has built collaborations and advanced her skills in spinal technology and disseminated collaborative findings nationally and internationally.

Janet is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and SBPR. Janet is also a reviewer for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programmes, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and is a Chief Executive Committee member for the SBPR and the Council of Allied Health Professional Research (CAHPR) London.



Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Deane J, Clunie G, 2021, Healthcare professionals in research (HPiR) Facebook community: a survey of U.K. doctoral and postdoctoral healthcare professionals outside of medicine, BMC Medical Education, Vol:21, ISSN:1472-6920

Deane JA, Lim AKP, McGregor AH, et al., 2021, Understanding the impact of lumbar disc degeneration and chronic low back pain: a cross-sectional electromyographic analysis of postural strategy during predicted and unpredicted postural perturbations, PLOS One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203

Deane JA, Papi E, Phillips A, et al., 2020, Reliability and minimal detectable change of the ‘Imperial Spine’ marker set for the evaluation of spinal and lower limb kinematics in adults, Bmc Research Notes, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-0500

Deane JA, Pavlova A, Lim A, et al., 2020, Is intrinsic lumbar spine shape associated with Lumbar Disc Degeneration? An exploratory study, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol:21, ISSN:1471-2474, Pages:1-10

Favier C, Deane J, McGregor A, et al., 2019, Design and preliminary testing of a low-cost balance perturbation system for the evaluation of real life postural adjustment on public transport, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, Vol:43, ISSN:0309-1902, Pages:356-362

Deane JA, Mcgregor A, 2016, Current and Future Perspectives on Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: a UK survey exploring specialist multidisciplinary clinical opinion., Bmj Open, Vol:6, ISSN:2044-6055

Lyell M, Simmonds JV, Deane JA, 2016, A study of UK Physiotherapists' knowledge and training needs in hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome, Physiotherapy Practice and Research

Billings S, Deane J, Bartholomew J, et al., 2015, Knowledge and perceptions of Joint Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome amongst paediatric physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Practice and Research, Vol:36, ISSN:2213-0691, Pages:33-41

Rombaut L, Deane J, Simmonds J, et al., 2015, Knowledge, Assessment, and Management of Adults With Joint Hypermobility Syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type Among Flemish Physiotherapists, American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C-Seminars in Medical Genetics, Vol:169, ISSN:1552-4868, Pages:76-83


Kenyon J, Kenyon K, 2009, Musculoskeletal Pathology, The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook Essential Facts at Your Fingertips, Editor(s): Deane, Elsevier Health Sciences, ISBN:9780702039591

Deane JA, 2009, Developing Research Interests, Getting Involved in Research A Pocket Guide, ISBN:9781904400264


Pavlova A, Deane JA, Aspden R, et al., Lumbar spine curvature varies with modic changes and disc degeneration in asymptomatic individuals, Britspine

Deane JA, McGregor AM, Clinical Interpretations of Degenerative Lumbar Disc Disease, Society of Back Pain Research, British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, ISSN:2049-4408

Deane JA, Toscke J, McGregor AM, Evaluation of a rehabilitation programmed for patients following spinal surgery, Eurospine

Deane JA, Keer R, Simmonds JV, Physiotherapists’ perceptions about hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome (HMS): a pilot survey of London-based hospitals, IFOMT 9th International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists' Conference

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