Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Senior Lecturer



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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).



Mullington CJ, Low DA, Strutton PH, et al., 2020, A mechanistic study of the tremor associated with epidural anaesthesia for intrapartum caesarean delivery, International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, Vol:43, ISSN:0959-289X, Pages:56-64

Moniri A, Terracina D, Rodriguez-Manzano J, et al., Real-time forecasting of sEMG features for trunk muscle fatigue using machine learning, Ieee Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, ISSN:0018-9294

Hughes SW, Hellyer PJ, Sharp DJ, et al., 2020, Diffusion tensor imaging of lumbar spinal nerves reveals changes in microstructural integrity following decompression surgery associated with improvements in clinical symptoms: A case report, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol:69, ISSN:0730-725X, Pages:65-70

Hughes SW, Basra M, Chan C, et al., 2020, Capsaicin-induced changes in electrical pain perception threshold can be used to assess the magnitude of secondary hyperalgesia in humans., Pain Medicine, ISSN:1526-2375

Hughes SW, Ward G, Strutton PH, 2020, Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the primary motor cortex attenuates capsaicin-induced dynamic mechanical allodynia and mechanical pain sensitivity in humans., European Journal of Pain, Vol:24, ISSN:1090-3801, Pages:1130-1137

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