Who We Are
Dr Bradley Neal, PhD
Orchid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-3758
I completed my MSc at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011, followed by my PhD at
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2019. My PhD thesis was entitled 'the
influence of lower limb biomechanics on the development, persistence and management of
patellofemoral pain in recreational runners'.
I spent 10 years as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine,
London’s leading private Sports Medicine clinic, where I also acted as the company's Head
In April 2021, I joined the School of Rehabilitation and Exercise Science at the University of
Essex as a Lecturer (Education and Research) in Physiotherapy. I am also a post-doctoral
Research Fellow in Sports & Exercise Medicine at QMUL and a Visiting Lecturer at the
University of Hertfordshire, contributing to their post-graduate physiotherapy programme.
I have published in several leading peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of
Sports Medicine, Gait & Posture and Physical Therapy in Sport, where I am also an editorial advisor. My main research interests are in Patellofemoral Pain and other knee pathologies, biomechanics, running-related injury and the epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr Simon Lack, PhD
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1732-9606
I completed my Physiotherapy BSc at Brunel University in 2005, followed by my MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2011, and have been building my clinical academic career ever since. I completed my PhD in 2017, with a thesis entitled 'the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the development and management of patellofemoral pain'.
I have continued to work clinically throughout my academic career as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine, where I am also Head of Research. I am also Head of Medical Services for the elite scholarship athlete programme at the University of East London.
I currently lead the MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at QMUL, where I aim to combine my clinical and academic experience to help guide the delivery and development of the programme. My main research interests centre on the assessment and delivery of targeted interventions, through a greater understanding of treatment effect mechanisms, for common knee complaints and in particular, patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral osteoarthritis.