Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Lecturer







Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Dr. Jan Vollert is a bioinformatician with a PhD in Neurophysiology from the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany. His research focuses on the application of statistical and computational models in pain research, mainly in Quantitative Sensory Testing. He has conducted analyses of quantitative sensory testing data of patients suffering from neuropathic pain that have been largely acknowledged in the field. 

He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and its Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group, where he works on public outreach and trainee representation. He is or was a member of the scientific programme committees for IASP 2022/24, EFIC 2023, and NeuPSIG 2019/23. He is a section editor of the European Journal of Pain, and member of the editorial board of the Pain Research Forum. He was invited speaker at congresses of the IASP, the NeupSIG, and the European Pain Federation. He published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and his h-index is 23.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Vollert J, Macleod M, Dirnagl U, et al., 2022, The EQIPD framework for rigor in the design, conduct, analysis and documentation of animal experiments, Nature Methods, Vol:19, ISSN:1548-7091, Pages:1334-1337

Enax-Krumova EK, Baron R, Treede R-D, et al., 2021, Contralateral sensitisation is not specific for complex regional pain syndrome. Comment on <i>Br J Anaesth</i> 2021; 127: e1-3, British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol:127, ISSN:0007-0912, Pages:E173-E176

Enax-Krumova E, Attal N, Bouhassira D, et al., 2021, Contralateral Sensory and Pain Perception Changes in Patients With Unilateral Neuropathy, Neurology, Vol:97, ISSN:0028-3878, Pages:E389-E402

Bespalov A, Bernard R, Gilis A, et al., 2021, Introduction to the EQIPD quality system, Elife, Vol:10, ISSN:2050-084X

Forstenpointner J, Ruscheweyh R, Attal N, et al., 2021, No pain, still gain (of function): the relation between sensory profiles and the presence or absence of self-reported pain in a large multicenter cohort of patients with neuropathy, Pain, Vol:162, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:718-727

Vollert J, Cook NR, Kaptchuk TJ, et al., 2020, Assessment of Placebo Response in Objective and Subjective Outcome Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials, Jama Network Open, Vol:3, ISSN:2574-3805

Vollert J, Maier C, Attal N, et al., 2017, Stratifying patients with peripheral neuropathic pain based on sensory profiles: algorithm and sample size recommendations, Pain, Vol:158, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:1446-1455

Baron R, Maier C, Attal N, et al., 2016, Peripheral neuropathic pain: a mechanism-related organizing principle based on sensory profiles, Pain, Vol:158, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:261-272

McDonnell A, Schulman B, Ali Z, et al., 2016, Inherited erythromelalgia due to mutations in <i>SCN9A</i>: natural history, clinical phenotype and somatosensory profile, Brain, Vol:139, ISSN:0006-8950, Pages:1052-1065

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