Introducing Professor Paul Furlong, MPhil., PhD, President of ANS

Paul left School in 1973 to become a supernumerary Medical Physics and Applied Physiology student with the Birmingham Regional Health Authority, and completed the HNC in Applied Physiology four years later. Following training, he became a Perfusionist at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, but joined the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at the same hospital a year later, working with Dr Ron Paul.

Five years on, Paul became Chief Technician at the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at Aston University, heading the technical team supporting clinical research services with Professor Graham Harding. Taking the opportunity for independent research, he studied for an MPhil part time to explore somatosensory evoked potentials using brain mapping techniques. When the Unit started to develop the novel technique of Magnetoencephalography (MEG) in the 1990s, Paul undertook a PhD exploring the presurgical value of MEG for lesionectomy and epilepsy.

In 2000, as part of the team that gained a grant from The Wellcome Trust to install the first whole head 151 channel MEG system in the UK, Paul joined the Academic staff of the University with a Lectureship in Psychology. 

With the retirement of Graham Harding from Aston University, Paul took over the running of the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit (CNU), and was joined by Professor Stefano Seri shortly thereafter who became the Units lead medic.

Following a series of papers and grants to develop MEG as a clinical research tool, particularly in the exploration of human pain perception, he was awarded a personal Chair in Clinical Neuroimaging in 2006.

Working with the clinical research team as part of the CNU , the Aston Brain Centre (ABC) was created and formally opened in October 2011 with Paul as Director.

The ABC now provides a national presurgical evaluation service for patients with epilepsy and also supports Masters and PhD training in Clinical Neurophysiology. Paul and Stefano support the Scientific Training Program (STP) programme in Neurosensory Sciences at Aston. 

Paul was lead editor with the Modernising Scientific Careers team and together with ANS and BSCN Council members, wrote the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme for Clinical Neurophysiology.


An important message from RCCP that everyone in the field are likely to be interested in. 

Due to the national shortage of our workforce and the limited throughput of the new PTP entry-level training course, ANS have written to Prof Sue Hill CSO to ask for support with workforce planning and have recommended some actions. 
A copy of this letter is available on the members section of the website by logging in and visiting the Newsletter page.
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Yesterday morning’s edition of The Times (22 February) included an interview with Belinda about the science profession, Scientists ‘should take ethics oath like doctors’.

This was based on similar arguments put forward in a blogpost, which we originally wrote in response to the Ipsos Mori 2015 Trust in Professions research, but held back when the Times interview seemed likely to go ahead. We have also published this blogpost, If trust in science falls, society suffers, as the Times article will be behind a paywall.

This coverage is part of the Science Council’s work to increase the profile of registration and the need for it, winning the kind of opinion formers and policy makers that read The Times to starting to think about asking for registration when procuring or awarding research grants or commissions research projects.

Belinda Phipps.

Chief Executive, The Science Council.

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