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Professor in Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University

A neuroscientist who likes to see the links between brain structur and mind function. My primary area of academic research is characterising the role of afferent c-fibres in humans, investigating their role in pain, itch (for which an IgNobel prize was awarded!), and more concertedly the functional and affective properties of a novel class of mechanosensitive c-fibres - C-tactile afferents – hypothesised to code for the rewarding properties of intimate touch. Techniques used in this research span single unit recordings with microneurography, psychophysical measurements, functional neuroimaging, behavioural measures, and psychopharmacological approaches to investigate the role of the brain transmitter serotonin in affiliative and social touch.


  • 2010–present
    Professor in Neuroscience , Liverpool John Moores University
  • 1995–present
    Visiting Professor, University fo Liverpool