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Professor of Movement Neuroscience, Newcastle University

I read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, ending with Physiology and Neurosciences, and then completed a PhD on the control of the primate hand split between Cambridge and the Institute of Neurology, London. This began my interest in oscillatory activity in the primate motor system; my subsequent papers probed how oscillations seem to pass around a feedback loop from cortex to muscle and then back again via sensory pathways. More recently, I have become interested in sub-cortical systems like the spinal cord and brainstem, and how they can contribute to the control of movement in health and recovery from damage.

My work uses a wide range of methods, including non-invasive electrophysiological recordings from healthy human volunteers and patients with motor disorders, computer modelling and mathematical data analysis, and electrophysiology in macaque monkeys.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Instiute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
  • 2003–2007
    Senior research fellow, Instiute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
  • 1999–2003
    Research fellow, Department of Anatomy, Cambridge
  • 1995–1999
    Research Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge
  • 1995–1998
    Research associate, Institute of Neurology, London


  • 1995 
    St John's College, Cambridge, PhD
  • 1992 
    St John's College, Cambridge, BA/MA

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • The Physiological Society