Dr Lysia Demetriou (Post-doctoral Researcher)
Dr Lydia Coxon (Post-doctoral Researcher)
Miss Danielle Perro (DPhil Student)
Mr Mike Krassowski (DPhil Student)
Miss Claire Lunde (DPhil Student)
Miss Wilhelmina Lucinescu (DPhil Student)
Dr Miriam Szabo (DPhil Student)
Miss Chloe Curtis (DPhil Student)
Dr Malvika Gulati (DPhil student)
Dr Sharon Dixon (DPhil student)
Dr Emma Evans (NIHR PCAF)
Prof Irene Tracey, Prof Charlotte Stagg & Dr Katie Warnaby, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Prof Tonia Vincent & Dr Fiona Watt, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology
Prof Philippa Saunders, Prof Andrew Horne & Dr Lucy Whitaker, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh
Prof Stacey Missmer, Michigan State University, USA
Prof Idhaliz Flores, Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico
DPhil BSc MBBS MRCOG
Senior Fellow in Pain in Women, Associate Professor
- Principal Investigator
- Research Group Leader
- Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist
I graduated from King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London in 2000, having also obtained an intercalated BSc in Biomedical Sciences & Anatomy (1997). I completed the majority of my postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Oxford Deanery, obtaining my CCT in 2015. During this time I undertook a DPhil in Prof Irene Tracey's Pain Imaging Neuroscience group investigating the influence of hormones on pain processing in humans and continued my post-doctoral work as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and then as the Senior Pain Fellow in the department. I was appointed as the Senior Fellow in Pain in Women in 2019.
Additional current roles include: Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) SIG on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain; member of the RCOG Blair Bell Research Committee; and Medical Advisory Panel member for Endometriosis UK.
Chronic pain is common. In the UK alone approximately 7.8 million people live with chronic pain and, at any time, over a third of households contain someone in pain. Women suffer with almost all chronic pain conditions to a much greater extent than men. Additionally, they also suffer from female-specific pains; particularly in their pelvis, including period pain (dysmenorrhoea) and the pains associated with diseases such as endometriosis. I lead the Pain in Women group, where we use a variety of methodologies to explore mechanisms generating and maintaining pain in women. A key focus of the group, in collaboration with the EndoCaRe Centre in Oxford, is mechanisms of endometriosis-associated pain. I am currently the academic lead of the IMI-2 funded TRiPP project investigating pain pathways in endometriosis and bladder pain syndrome and lead the APDP RoADPain project understanding the role of adolescent period pain in the development of chronic pain.
IMI-2; UKRI; NIHR; NIH; Bayer AG.
My predominant clinical interest is chronic pelvic pain particularly in association with endometriosis and in teenagers/younger women. I am privileged to work with an excellent multi-disciplinary team delivering NHS pelvic pain clinics in The Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital. I also feel passionate about the importance of optimising quality of life and reproductive health during adolescence and run an NHS adolescent gynaecology clinic.
For enquiries relating to my clinical work please contact my NHS secretary on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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