Panos Barlas, DPhil BSc(Hons) MCSP LicAc

Panos BarlasPanos Barlas qualified as a Physiotherapist from the School of Physiotherapy in the Technical Educational Institute of Athens in 1991 and the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. After gaining a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1993, he embarked on postgraduate research studies in the Faculty of Science of the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, researching the analgesic effects of Acupuncture upon experimentally induced muscle pain and muscle damage. In parallel with the research studies, he also attended the National Institute of Acupuncture (Dublin), which lead to a Licentiate in Acupuncture from the British College of Acupuncture in 1996. Panos gained his DPhil in the summer of 1997.

Panos' involvement with Acupuncture dates back to 1994 when he was elected Membership secretary of the AACP. Whilst working in Coventry University he was responsible for the development of the MSc in Acupuncture, the first such degree in UK and Europe. Currently he is a Research Fellow, in the School of Health and Rehabilitation in Keele University, where he is responsible for developing clinical research in Acupuncture and its effects on musculoskeletal pain and experimental research on the physiology of sensory stimulation induced analgesia, a field where he collaborates with a number of laboratories both in the UK and abroad. He has held a number of grants all related to the analgesic effects of Acupuncture and electro-stimulation upon experimental and clinical models of pain.

Panos lectures extensively in a number of Master's, graduate courses and conferences on Acupuncture, physiology of pain and sensory stimulation-induced analgesia and Acupuncture practice. At present he is responsible for Masters modules in Acupuncture as well as the physiology and pharmacology of pain and analgesia within the MSc framework of the School of Health and Rehabilitation in Keele University. He is an approved tutor and has delivered over 250 courses on ‘Foundation in Acupuncture’ training, as well as a wide range of post-basic courses both in the UK and abroad.

Publications

White A, Foster N, Cummings M, Barlas P. The effectiveness of Acupuncture for osteo-arthrosis of the knee - a systematic review.Acupunct Med. 2006 Dec;24 Suppl:S40-48.
White A, Foster NE, Cummings M, Barlas P. Acupuncture treatment for chronic knee pain: a systematic review. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2007 Mar;46(3):384-90. Epub 2007 Jan 10.
Mercer C, Jackson A, Hettinga D, Barlas P, Ferguson S et al (2006) Clinical guidelines for the Physiotherapy management of persistent low back pain, Part 1: exercise. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London
Mercer C, Jackson A, Hettinga D, Barlas P, Ferguson S et al (2006) Clinical guidelines for the Physiotherapy management of persistent low back pain, Part 2: manual therapy. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London
Barlas P, Ting SL, Chesterton LS, Jones PW, Sim J. Effects of intensity of electroAcupuncture upon experimental pain in healthy human volunteers: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Pain. 2006 May;122(1-2):81-9
Barlas P, Lundeberg T. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and Acupuncture. In: McMahon SB and Koltzenburg M (Eds) Melzack and Wall's Textbook of Pain, 5th Edition, 2005, pp. 583-590
Hay E, Barlas P, Foster N, Hill J, Thomas E, Young J. Is Acupuncture a useful adjunct to Physiotherapy for older adults with knee pain?: the "Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and exercise" (APEX) study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004 Sep 02;5(1):31.
Chesterton LS, Foster NE, Wright C, Baxter GD, Barlas P ‘Effects of TENS frequency, intensity and stimulation site parameter manipulation on pressure pain thresholds in healthy human subjects’ Pain 2003; 106: 73-80
Chesterton LS, Barlas P, Foster NE, Baxter GD, Wright CC (2003) Gender differences in pressure pain threshold in healthy humans. Pain, 101, pp. 259-266
Chesterton LS, Barlas P, Foster NE, Lundeberg T, Baxter GD, Wright C (2002) Sensory stimulation (TENS): effects of parameter manipulation on mechanical pain thresholds in healthy human subjects. Pain, 99 (1-2), pp. 253-262
Barlas P, Walsh DM, Baxter GD, Allen JM (2000) “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: Effect Of An Ischaemic Block Upon Mechanical Allodynia In Humans.” Pain, 87(2), pp. 221-225
Barlas P, Lowe AS, Walsh DM, Baxter GD, Allen JM (2000) “The effect of Acupuncture upon experimentally induced ischaemic pain: A sham-controlled blinded study” Clinical Journal of Pain, 16(3), pp. 255-64.
Barlas P, Robinson J, Baxter GD, Allen JM (2000) “Effect of Acupuncture upon experimentally induced delayed onset muscle soreness.” Clinical Physiology, 20 (6), pp. 449-456

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