Neil O'Connell

Dr Neil O'Connell

Lecturer - Physiotherapy

Room: Mary Seacole, 3rd Floor, Bay 19
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 268814
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269853
Email: neil.oconnell@brunel.ac.uk

About Neil

Academic qualifications

PhD, MSc

Profile

My research interest focuses on our understanding and management of chronic pain and his research activities include both primary research and conducting systematic reviews with the Cochrane Collaboration.

I lecture on undergraduate and post graduate courses within the Physiotherapy division, delivering teaching related to research methods, principles of evidence based practice and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I am an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with a special interest in pain generally and chronic back pain specifically.

I am also a section editor (systematic reviews and clinical trials) for the international pain blog Body in Mind (www.bodyinmind.org), and regularly contribute blogs on contemporary pain research.

I am currently the research lead for the Physiotherapy Division at Brunel.

Responsibilities

Committee responsibilities

Physiotherapy Division lead for the Research Excellence Framework exercise

Member of the School of Health Sciences and Social Care Research Committee

Admin responsibilities

  • Physiotherapy Division Research Lead
  • Module Leader
  • -HH3604 Research Methods (BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy)
    -HH55019 Principles and practice of evidence based healthcare (MSc Neurorehabilitation)

Other responsibilities

  • Clinical visiting
  • Personal Tutoring

Teaching responsibilities

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy modules

  • HH1605  Musculoskeletal I: the lower quadrant
  • HH2600 Musculoskeletal II: the upper quadrant
  • HH3604 Research Methods
  • HH55019 Principles and practice of evidence based healthcare

MSc Neurorehabilitation lectures/ workshops on Pain, Systematic reviews & meta-analysis.

Teaching / Supervision

Teaching interest

Chronic pain, evidence based practice, musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Research

Research interests

Chronic low back pain, chronic pain, evidence based practice, systematic reviews.

Research centres

Research projects and grants

O’Connell NE, Cossar J, Wand BM, Moseley GL, Bunce D, DeSouza LH, Marston L, Maskill D. £10,000 award from BackCare. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain – A randomised, double-blinded interrupted time-series investigation. (PROJECT COMPLETE)

O’Connell NE, Cossar J, Wand BM, Moseley GL, Bunce D, DeSouza LH, Marston L, Maskill D. £9,000 award from the Rosetrees Trust. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain – A randomised, double-blinded interrupted time-series investigation. (PROJECT COMPLETE)

Wand BM, O’Connell NE, Moseley GL Graded cortical retraining in chronic low back pain. 11,300 Aus dollars (£5,453 at exchange rate June 2008) awarded by The University of Notre Dame Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research Fogarty/ Prendiville Bequest (PROJECT COMPLETE)

External

Membership and affiliation

  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Health Professions Council

Other external activities

Member of the editorial board of the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) review group.

Current member of the guideline development for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline "Managament of non-specific low back pain and sciatica".

Section editor (Clinical trials and Systematic reviews) and regular contributer to the science blog “Body in Mind”. This blog represents an international collaboration of researchers with an interest in chronic pain, perception and the brain and aims to present current research in a format that is accessible and fun for the lay-reader.

The blog can be found here: www.bodyinmind.org and my blogposts here: http://bodyinmind.org/author/neil/

If you're interested in pain research then you really ought to check it out....

 

Publications

Journal articles

Moseley, GL.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2015)   'Finding the balance in complex regional pain syndrome: Expertise, optimism, and evidence'. Neurology, 84 (1).  pp. 19 - 20. Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Stephens, SE. , Mangharam, EIM. , George, PJ. , et al.   (2014)   'Illusory touch temporarily improves sensation in areas of chronic numbness: A brief communication'. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 28 (8).  pp. 797 - 799. doi: 10.1177/1545968314524827 Download publication 

O'Connell, NE.   (2014)   'Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain'. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 7 (2).  pp. 150. doi: 10.1111/jebm.12105 

Catley, MJ. , O'Connell, NE. , Berryman, C. , Ayhan, FF.  and Moseley, GL.   (2014)   'Is Tactile Acuity Altered in People With Chronic Pain? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis'. Journal of Pain. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.06.009 Download publication 

O'Connell, NE. , Wand, BM. , Marston, L. , Spencer, S.  and DeSouza, LH.   (2014)   'Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain'. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS. pp. . doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008208.pub3 

Wand, BM. , Szpak, L. , George, PJ. , Bulsara, MK. , et al.   (2014)   'Moving in an environment of induced sensorimotor incongruence does not influence pain sensitivity in healthy volunteers: A randomised within-subject experiment'. PLoS One, 9 (4).  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093701 Download publication 

Wand, BM. , James, M. , Abbaszadeh, S. , George, PJ. , et al.   (2014)   'Assessing self-perception in patients with chronic low back pain: Development of a back-specific body-perception questionnaire'. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 27 (4).  pp. 463 - 473. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140467 Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Catley, MJ. , Luomajoki, HA. , O'Sullivan, KJ. , et al.   (2014)   'Lumbar tactile acuity is near identical between sides in healthy pain-free participants.'. Man Ther, 19 (5).  pp. 504 - 507. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.01.002 Download publication 

Stanton, TR. , Wand, BM. , Carr, DB. , Birklein, F. , et al.   (2013)   'Local anaesthetic sympathetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome'. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS. pp. . doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004598.pub3 

O'Connell, NE.  and Wand, BM.   (2013)   'When strong' might be wrong: Evaluating the evidence in CRPS management'. European Journal of Pain, 17 (2).  pp. 143 - 144. doi: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00238.x 

O'Connell NE. , Cossar J. , Marston L. , Wand, BM. , et al.   (2013)   'Transcranial direct current stimulation of the motor cortex in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain: A randomised, double-blind exploratory study'. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29 (1).  pp. 26 - 34. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e318247ec09 

Bowering, KJ. , O'Connell, NE. , Tabor, A. , Catley, MJ. , et al.   (2013)   'The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis'. Journal of Pain, 14 (1).  pp. 3 - 13. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.09.007 Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Keeves, J. , Bourgoin, C. , George, PJ. , et al.   (2013)   'Mislocalisation of sensory information in people with chronic low back pain: A preliminary investigation'. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29 (8).  pp. 737 - 743. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e318274b320 

O'Connell, NE. , Wand, BM. , Marston, L. , McAuley, J.  and Moseley, GL.   (2013)   'Interventions for treating pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome - An overview of systematic reviews'. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013 (4).  doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009416 Download publication 

Parkitny, L. , McAuley, JH. , Di Pietro, F. , Stanton, TR. , et al.   (2013)   'Inflammation in complex regional pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.'. Neurology, 80 (1).  pp. 106 - 117. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31827b1aa1 

Catley, M. , O'Connell, NE.  and Moseley, GL.   (2013)   'How good Is the neurophysiology of pain questionnaire? A Rasch analysis of psychometric properties'. The Journal of Pain, In Press, Corrected Proof doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.02.008 

Wand, BM. , Heine, PJ.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2012)   'Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain? Yes'. British Medical Journal. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3679 Download publication 

Wand BM. , Tulloch VM. , George PJ. , Smith AJ. , et al.   (2012)   'Seeing it helps: Movement-related back pain is reduced by visualisation of the back during movement'. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28 (7).  pp. 602 - 608. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31823d480c 

O'Connell, NE. , Cossar J. , Marston L. , Wand, BM. , et al.   (2012)   'Rethinking clinical trials of transcranial direct current stimulation: Participant and assessor blinding is inadequate at intensities of 2mA'. PLoS ONE, 7 (10).  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047514 Download publication 

Jones, MO. , Harvey, A. , Marston, L.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2011)   'Breathing exercises for dysfunctional breathing/hyperventilation syndrome in adults'. The Cochrane Library, Online Paper doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009041 

Jones, M. , Harvey, A. , Marston, L.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2013)   'Breathing exercises for dysfunctional breathing/hyperventilation syndrome in adults'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009041.pub2 

O'Connell, NE.  and Wand, BM.   (2011)   'Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain: time to evolve from exploration to confirmation?'. Pain, 152 (11).  pp. 2451 - 2452. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.06.004 

O'Connell, NE. , Wand, BM. , Marston, L. , Spencer, S.  and Desouza, LH.   (2011)   'Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain. A report of a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis'. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 47 (2).  pp. 309 - 326. 

Wand, BM. , O'Connell, NE. , Di Pietro, F.  and Bulsara, M.   (2011)   'Managing chronic nonspecific low back pain with a sensorimotor retraining approach: An exploratory multiple-baseline study of 3 participants'. Physical Therapy, 91 (4).  pp. 535 - 546. doi: 10.2522/​ptj.20100150 

Wand, BM. , Parkitny, L. , O'Connell, NE. , Luomajoki, H. , et al.   (2011)   'Cortical changes in chronic low back pain: Current state of the art and implications for clinical practice'. Manual Therapy, 16 (1).  pp. 15 - 20. Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Di Pietro, F. , George, P.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2010)   'Tactile thresholds are preserved yet complex sensory function is impaired over the lumbar spine of chronic non-specific low back pain patients: a preliminary investigation'. Physiotherapy, 96 (4).  pp. 317 - 323. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2010.02.005 Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Chiffelle, LA. , O'Connell, NE. , McAuley, JH.  and De Souza, LH.   (2010)   'Self-reported assessment of disability and performance-based assessment of disability are influenced by different patient characteristics in acute low back pain'. European Spine Journal, 19 (4).  pp. 633 - 640. doi: 10.1007/s00586-009-1180-9 

O'Connell, NE. , Wand, BM. , Marston, L. , Spencer, S.  and De Souza, LH.   (2010)   'Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008208.pub2 Download publication 

Wand, BM. , Hunter, R. , O'Connell, NE. , Marston, L.  and McAuley, J.   (2009)   'The self-reported aggravating activities of chronic non-specific low back pain patients do not appear to demonstrate a directional preference: an exploratory study'. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 55 pp. 47 - 51. 

Wand, BM. , Hunter, R. , O'Connell, NE. , Marston, L.  and McAuley, J.   (2009)   'Self reported aggravating activities do not demonstrate a consistent directional pattern in chronic non specific low back pain patients: An observational study'. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 55 (1).  pp. 47 - 51. Download publication 

O'Connell, NE. , Wand, BM.  and Goldacre, B.   (2009)   'Interpretive bias in acupuncture research? A case study'. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 32 (4).  pp. 393 - 409. doi: 10.1177/0163278709353394 Download publication 

Smart, K. , O'Connell, NE.  and Doody, C.   (2008)   'Towards a mechanisms-based classification of pain in musculoskeletal physiotherapy?'. Physical Therapy Reviews, 13 (1).  pp. 1 - 10. doi: 10.1179/174328808X251984 

Wand, BM.  and O'Connell, NE.   (2008)   'Chronic non-specific low back pain - sub-groups or a single mechanism?'. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9 (11).  doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-11 Download publication 

O'Connell, NE. , Maskill, DW. , Cossar, J.  and Nowicky, AV.   (2007)   'Mapping the cortical representation of the lumbar paravertebral muscles'. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118 (11).  pp. 2451 - 2455. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2007.08.006 Download publication 

O'Connell, NE. , Cowan, J.  and Christopher, T.   (2006)   'An investigation into EMG activity in the upper and lower portions of the subscapularis muscle during normal shoulder motion'. Physiotherapy Research International, 11 (3).  pp. 148 - 151. doi: 10.1002/pri.336 

O'Connell, NE. , Moseley, GL. , McAuley, JH. , Wand, BM.  and Herbert, RD.   (Accepted)   'Interpreting effectiveness evidence in pain:A short tour of contemporary issues.'. Physical Therapy

O'Connell, NE.  and Wand, BM.   (Accepted)   'Transcranial direct current stimulation for chronic pain.'. British Medical Journal, 350 (h1774).  Download publication 

Conference papers

Wand, BM. , Hunter, R. , O'Connell, NE. , Marston, L.  and McAuley, J.   (2009)   'The self-reported aggravating activities of chronic non-specific low back pain patients do not appear to demonstrate a directional preference: an exploratory study' , 3rd International Conference in Movement Dysfunction. Edinburgh. 30 - 1 November. Elsevier, pp. S46 - S46. 

Wand, BM. , Di Pietro, F. , George, P.  and O'Connell, N.   (2009)   'Tactile thresholds are preserved yet cortical sensory function is impaired in chronic non-specific low back pain patients' , 3rd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction. Edinburgh. 30 - 1 November. Elsevier, pp. S14 - S15. 

Wand, BM. , Formby, P. , O'Connell, NE. , McAuley, JH.  and DeSouza, LH.   (2009)   'Self-reported assessment of disability and performance-based assessment of disability are influenced by different patient characteristics in acute low back pain' , 3rd International Conference in Movement Dysfunction. Edinburgh. 30 - 1 November. Elsevier, pp. S33 - S33. 

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