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Professor Shaheen Hamdy (MB ChB, PhD, FRCP) - personal details

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Professor Shaheen Hamdy

Role: Professor of Neurogastroenterology

Tel: +44 (0)161 206 4414


Centre for GI Sciences
Institute of Inflammation and Repair
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
University of Manchester
Clinical Sciences Building
Salford Royal Hospital
Eccles Old Road
M6 8HD, UK

Fax: +44 (0)161 206 4364




Prof Shaheen Hamdy is currently Professor of Neurogastroenterology based in the Centre for GI Sciences, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester. His research interests include neural mechanisms within the gastrointestinal system, with a particular focus on neuroplasticity and functional recovery following brain injury using human swallowing as an experimental model. This work, in collaboration with Prof. John Rothwell (Institute of Neurology, Queen Square) has provided new knowledge about the cortical control of swallowing in man, and defined which aspects of its organisation are important for recovery after stroke. Prof Hamdy has prominence in most aspects of TMS, and has utilised a number of complimentary imaging modalities including PET and fMRI. His most recent work has begun characterising the role of therapeutic interventions in driving cortical plasticity and recovery after neruologic disease, with a particular interest in neurostimulation. His research has attracted over £2.5 million in external grant income from research council, Wellcome Trust and medical charities. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed research papers and has contributed to 8 books.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Member of British Medical Association since 1986
  • Collegiate Member, Royal College of Physicians, since 1993
  • Medical Research Society, since 1994
  • The Physiological Society (Affiliation), since 1995
  • Board Member of The European Societ for Swallowing Disorders, since 1998
  • Full Member of European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, since 1999
  • International Member of American Gastroenterology Association, since 2002
  • Full Member of British Society of Gastroenterology, since 2003
  • Inaugural Faculty Member, UK Swallowing Research Group, since 2004
  • Chair, BSG Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section, since 2012
  • Medical Technologies Advisory Committee member for NICE, since 2013


  • 1990 MB ChB (Manchester)
  • Honours in: Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology and Microbiology 1986-88
  • Distinctions in: Biochemistry and Paediatrics 1987 and 1990
  • 1992 Radiation Protection Course (POPUMET)
  • 1993 MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, London, UK)
  • 1998 PhD (Manchester)
  • 2000 Advanced Life Support
  • 2001 CCST in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine (1st October 2002)
  • 2007 FRCP (Royal College of Physicians, London, UK)


I am currently a Professor in Medicine (Gastroenterology) within the University of Manchester, and Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute whilst also holding a clinical academic contract, delivering clinical care at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust for 50% of my contracted time. Below, is a brief synopsis of my academic career to date. Over the last 8 years, I have also been involved in the direct supervision of four MD Fellows, six PhD students and three MPhil students. During this time, I have become proficient in the training and mentoring of graduate students, both in terms of the guidance and necessary support, and in terms of the academic process. As part of this process, I hold fortnightly half day team based meetings as well as conducting day to day regular mentoring activity. I am also lead academic clinician for the NIHR integrated academic training programme in GI Sciences at the University of Manchester.

My research has attracted ~ £2.5 million in external grant income including MRC, Wellcome and NIHR research grants. I have now published over 90 peer-reviewed research papers with an h-factor >28, and have contributed to 8 books. In addition, I have been invited to present over 100 state of the art lectures, both at national and international conferences.

In the last 5 years, in collaboration with the University of Manchester Intellectual Property Ltd, I have been developing treatments for swallowing problems after stroke. This has resulted in a spin out company, Phagenesis Ltd, which has now secured follow-on investment. 

I have been actively involved in helping to deliver the undergraduate medical school curriculum in the form of SSM, Project Options, Bedside Clinical Teaching, OSCE exams and undergraduate admission interviews and screening. From 2005-2008, I was clinical lead for Project Options in the Salford Sector. I act as clinical academic lead for Gastrointestinal Sciences in the Institute of Inflammation and Repairand attend the Senior Management Meetings on a month basis.