Dr Sarah Owen

BA (Hons), DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer

I initially started my career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), graduating from Selly Oak ODP school in 1988. I later specialised in neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. After a brief spell working abroad I returned to Oxford and specialised in functional neurosurgery for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

In 2004 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University where I studied hominin evolutionary processes, with a particular interest in the hominin brain and skull. In 2007 I obtained a DPhil from Brasenose college, University of Oxford after studying Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and stereotactic targeting for deep brain stimulation treatment (DBS) in patients with movement disorders and pain.

I then spent three years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Oxford and subsequently 2 years at the University of Portsmouth as the academic lead for the Centre for Simulation in Healthcare, and as a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Health Care, and the lead for research for the Acute & Emergency Care Cluster. My main research interests include acute & chronic pain, movement disorders and I still have a keen interest carried from my first degree on disease and evolutionary processes. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Modules Taught

  • Pharmacology in Practice
  • Physiology for Paramedic and Perioperative Practice
  • Human Life Sciences: Paramedic & Perioperative Application
  • Research Awareness & Critical Appraisal

Research Interests

  • Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuromodulation
  • Evolutionary Anatomy

Selected Publications

Hyam, J. & Owen, Sarah & Kringelbach, M. & Jenkinson, N. & Stein, J. & Green, A. & Aziz, T.. (2012) Contrasting connectivity of the ventralis intermedius and ventralis oralis posterior nuclei of the motor thalamus demonstrated by probabilistic tractography. Neurosurgery 70 (1). pp. 162-169 ISSN 0148-396X 10.1227/NEU.0b013e3182262c9a

Kringelbach, M. & Green, A. & Owen, Sarah & Schweder, P. & Aziz, T.. (2010) Sing the mind electric: principles of deep brain stimulation. European Journal of Neuroscience 32 (7). pp. 1070-1079 ISSN 0953-816X 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07419.x

Hyam, J. & de Pennington, N. & Joint, C. & Green, A. & Owen, Sarah & Pereira, E. & Aziz, T.. (2010 )Maintained deep brain stimulation for severe dystonia despite infection by using externalized electrodes and an extracorporeal pulse generator. Journal of Neurosurgery 113 (3). pp. 630-633 ISSN 0022-3085 10.3171/2009.10.JNS081072

Grover, P. & Pereira, E. & Green, A. & Brittain, J-S. & Owen, Sarah & Schweder, P. & Kringelbach, M. & Davies, P. & Aziz, T.. (2009) Deep brain stimulation for cluster headache. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 16 (7). pp. 861-866 ISSN 0967-5868 10.1016/j.jocn.2008.10.012

Owen, Sarah & Heath, J. & Kringelbach, M. & Green, A. & Pereira, E. & Jenkinson, N. & Jegan, T. & Stein, J. & Aziz, T.. (2008) Pre-operative DTI and probabilisitic tractography in four patients with deep brain stimulation for chronic pain. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 15 (7). pp. 801-805 ISSN 0967-5868 10.1016/j.jocn.2007.06.010

Owen, Sarah & Heath, J. & Kringelbach, M. & Stein, J. & Aziz, T.. (2007) Preoperative DTI and probabilistic tractography in an amputee with deep brain stimulation for lower limb stump pain. British Journal of Neurosurgery 21 (5). pp. 485-490 ISSN 0268-8697 10.1080/02688690701558358

Owen, Sarah & Green, A. & Stein, J. & Aziz, T.. (2006) Deep brain stimulation for the alleviation of post-stroke neuropathic pain. Pain 120 (1-2). pp. 202-206 ISSN 0304-3959 10.1016/j.pain.2005.09.035

BA (Hons), DPhil (Oxon)

Sarah Owen


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