Lecturer - Physiotherapy
Brunel University London
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269853
Academic qualificationsPhD, MSc
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.
Physiotherapy Division lead for the Research Excellence Framework exercise
Member of the School of Health Sciences and Social Care Research Committee
- Physiotherapy Division Research Lead
- Module Leader
- -HH3604 Research Methods (BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy)
-HH55019 Principles and practice of evidence based healthcare (MSc Neurorehabilitation)
- Clinical visiting
- Personal Tutoring
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
Chronic pain, evidence based practice, musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Chronic low back pain, chronic pain, evidence based practice, systematic reviews.
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)
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.
If you're interested in pain research then you really ought to check it out....
(2013) Stanton, TR., Wand, BM., Carr, DB., Birklein, F., Wasner, GL. and O'Connell, NE., Local anaesthetic sympathetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome, COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS (8) : - Download publication
(2013) O'Connell, NE. and Wand, BM., When strong' might be wrong: Evaluating the evidence in CRPS management, European Journal of Pain 17 (2) : 143- 144
(2013) O'Connell NE., Cossar J., Marston L., Wand, BM., Bunce, D., DeSouza, LH., Maskill, DW., Sharp, A. and Moseley, GL., 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) : 26- 34
(2013) Bowering, KJ., O'Connell, NE., Tabor, A., Catley, MJ., Leake, HB., Moseley, GL. and Stanton, TR., The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Pain 14 (1) : 3- 13 Download publication
(2013) Wand, BM., Keeves, J., Bourgoin, C., George, PJ., Smith, A., O'Connell, NE. and Moseley, GL., Mislocalisation of sensory information in people with chronic low back pain: A preliminary investigation, Clinical Journal of Pain 29 (8) : 737- 743
(2013) O'Connell, NE., Wand, BM., Marston, L., McAuley, J. and Moseley, GL., Interventions for treating pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome - An overview of systematic reviews, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013 (4) : CD009416 Download publication
(2013) Parkitny, L., McAuley, JH., Di Pietro, F., Stanton, TR., O'Connell, NE., Marinus, J., van Hilten, JJ. and Moseley, GL., Inflammation in complex regional pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis., Neurology 80 (1) : 106- 117 Download publication
(2013) Catley, M., O'Connell, NE. and Moseley, GL., How good Is the neurophysiology of pain questionnaire? A Rasch analysis of psychometric properties, The Journal of Pain In Press, Corrected Proof
(2012) Wand, BM., Heine, PJ. and O'Connell, NE., Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain? Yes, British Medical Journal (344) : e3679 Download publication
(2012) Wand BM., Tulloch VM., George PJ., Smith AJ., Goucke R., O'Connell NE. and Moseley, GL., Seeing it helps: Movement-related back pain is reduced by visualisation of the back during movement, Clinical Journal of Pain 28 (7) : 602- 608
(2012) O'Connell, NE., Cossar J., Marston L., Wand, BM., Bunce, D., Moseley, GL. and De Souza, LH., Rethinking clinical trials of transcranial direct current stimulation: Participant and assessor blinding is inadequate at intensities of 2mA, PLoS ONE 7 (10) : e47514 Download publication
(2011) O'Connell, NE. and Wand, BM., Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain: time to evolve from exploration to confirmation?, Pain 152 (11) : 2451- 2452
(2011) O'Connell, NE., Wand, BM., Marston, L., Spencer, S. and Desouza, LH., 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) : 309- 326
(2011) Wand, BM., O'Connell, NE., Di Pietro, F. and Bulsara, M., Managing chronic nonspecific low back pain with a sensorimotor retraining approach: An exploratory multiple-baseline study of 3 participants, Physical Therapy 91 (4) : 535- 546
(2010) Wand, BM., Di Pietro, F., George, P. and O'Connell, NE., 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) : 317- 323 Download publication
(2010) Wand, BM., Chiffelle, LA., O'Connell, NE., McAuley, JH. and De Souza, LH., 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) : 633- 640
(2010) O'Connell, NE., Wand, BM., Marston, L., Spencer, S. and De Souza, LH., Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (9) : CD008208 Download publication
(2009) Wand, BM., Hunter, R., O'Connell, NE., Marston, L. and McAuley, J., 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 47- 51
(2009) Wand, BM., Hunter, R., O'Connell, NE., Marston, L. and McAuley, J., 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) : 47- 51 Download publication
(2009) O'Connell, NE., Wand, BM. and Goldacre, B., Interpretive bias in acupuncture research? A case study, Evaluation and the Health Professions 32 (4) : 393- 409 Download publication
(2009) O'Connell, NE., “Trick or treatment?” The evidence based challenge, Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Spring 2009 59- 63
(2008) Smart, K., O'Connell, NE. and Doody, C., Towards a mechanisms-based classification of pain in musculoskeletal physiotherapy?, Physical Therapy Reviews 13 (1) : 1- 10
(2008) Wand, BM. and O'Connell, NE., Chronic non-specific low back pain - sub-groups or a single mechanism?, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 9 (11) : 11 Download publication
(2007) O'Connell, NE., Maskill, DW., Cossar, J. and Nowicky, AV., Mapping the cortical representation of the lumbar paravertebral muscles, Clinical Neurophysiology 118 (11) : 2451- 2455 Download publication
(2006) O'Connell, NE., Cowan, J. and Christopher, T., An investigation into EMG activity in the upper and lower portions of the subscapularis muscle during normal shoulder motion, Physiotherapy Research International 11 (3) : 148- 151
(2011) Wand, BM., Parkitny, L., O'Connell, NE., Luomajoki, H., Thacker, M. and Moseley, GL., Cortical changes in chronic low back pain: Current state of the art and implications for clinical practice, Manual Therapy 16 (1) : 15- 20
(2009) Wand, BM., Hunter, R., O'Connell, NE., Marston, L. and McAuley, J., 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, Manual Therapy S46- S46