Professor Paul Lawrence Furlong

Professor Paul L Furlong MPhil., PhD

Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging
School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET


Email: p.l.furlong@aston.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4058  

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Ph.D., Clinical Neurophysiology, Aston University, Birmingham, 1998. 
 Clinical Neurophysiology, Aston University, Birmingham, 1990.
  • 2006-date Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging
  • 2003-06 Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Neurosciences Research Institute.
  • 2005-date Convenor, Neuroimaging Research Group.
  • 2000-date Director, Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies.
  • 2000-date Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Unit.
  • 2000-03 Lecturer in Psychology, Neurosciences Research Institute.
  • 1990-00 Executive Officer, School of Life and Health Sciences.
  • Director, Aston Brain Centre

  • Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging
  • Ethics Committee Member, School of Life and Health Sciences
Elected to the Council of the British Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists June 2000.
British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology.

Current and Recent Funding 

MRC Building multi-site clinical research capacity in MEG. Furlong, Holliday, Kessler (2013- present)

Dr Hadwen Trust  (2011 – 2016) Translational humane research programme using MEG for non-invasive studies of human brain. Prof P.L.Furlong, Dr C Witton £432,000

Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (2010 – 2015).‘Functional imaging programme grant for humane research’ Prof P.L.Furlong, Prof S. Seri, Dr J.B. Talcott, Dr NJ Thai. £250,000

SIF Funding Aston Brain Centre £4.8 million infrastructure initiative PI Professor P.L.Furlong

Wellcome Trust Equipment Grant Ref: 088314/Z/09/Z  (2009-2012)‘Development of a paediatric MEG system’ Prof P.L.Furlong, Dr I.E. Holliday, Prof S Seri, Dr J.B.Talcott, Dr C Witton. For the development of one of the world’s first whole brain systems optimised for measurements with children. £1,000,000

RCUK Fellowship in Translational Research Methods (2006-2011). Dr I Stanford and Prof P.L.Furlong £125,000

Dr Hadwen Trust  (2006 – 2011) Translational humane research programme using MEG for non-invasive studies of human brain. Dr P.L.Furlong, Dr G.R. Barnes, Dr C Witton £326,000

Medical Research Council G0600965(2007-2009) Studies of human psycho-physiological responses to visceral pain Prof Q Aziz, Prof S Lightman, Prof P.L.Furlong £400,096

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (2007-2010) – PhD Studentship Prof P.L. Furlong £25,000

Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research. (2005-2010) ‘Establishment of a new functional imaging facility for humane research’ Dr P.L.Furlong and Dr K.D.Singh. £400,000

Completed Grants of note

Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research. Reference . ‘Auditory Processing ’.Amount of grant: �60,000 for a two year period from April 2003 Dr Caroline Witton and Dr P.L.Furlong

Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research. Reference 162. ‘Central nervous system processing of human gut sensation in health and disease’ Dr P.L.Furlong, Dr Q Aziz, Mr A Hobson.Amount of grant: �79,568 for a two year period from September 2002.

Birmingham Childrens Hospital Research Foundation Award. ‘Localisation of language function in children using functional brain imaging’ Amount of grant: �27,409 one year from January 2003

Wellcome Trust and HEFCE Joint Equipment Initiative; 055377/Z/98/Z/ST/RC’CTF Inc 151-channel whole head MEG system with RAID server and two PC’s Amount of grant: �1, 520,547 five years from January 1st 1999

International Journal Articles (Refereed)


1.     Rossiter HE, Worthen SF, Witton C, Hall SD, Furlong PL. Gamma oscillatory amplitude encodes stimulus intensity in primary somatosensory cortex. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013;7:362.

2.     Farmer AD, Coen SJ, Kano M, Paine PA, Shwahdi M, Jafari J, Kishor J, Worthen, SF, Rossiter HE, Kumari V, Williams SC, Brammer M, Giampietro VP, Droney J, Riley J, Furlong PL, Knowles CH, Lightman SL, Aziz Q. Psychophysiological responses to  pain identify reproducible human clusters. Pain. 2013 May 25.

3.     McAllister CJ, Rönnqvist KC, Stanford IM, Woodhall GL, Furlong PL, Hall SD.Oscillatory beta activity mediates neuroplastic effects of motor cortex stimulation in humans. J Neurosci. 2013 May 1;33(18):7919-27.

4.     Witton C, Patel T, Furlong PL, Henning GB, Worthen SF, Talcott JB. Sensory thresholds obtained from MEG data: Cortical psychometric functions. Neuroimage. 2012 Aug 11;63(3):1249-1256. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.08.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22902921.

5.     Witton C, Hillebrand A, Furlong PL, Henning GB. A novel binaural pitch elicited by phase-modulated noise: MEG and psychophysical observations. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Jun;22(6):1271-81. Epub 2011 Aug 10. PubMed PMID: 21832287.

6.     Worthen, S.F., Hobson, A.R., Hall, S.D., Aziz, Q. & Furlong, P.L. (2011). Primary and secondary somatosensory cortex responses to anticipation and pain: a magnetoencephalography study. European Journal of Neuroscience; 33(5): 946-959.

7.     Hall SD, Stanford IM, Yamawaki N, McAllister CJ, Rönnqvist KC, Woodhall GL,Furlong PL. (2011) The role of GABAergic modulation in motor function related neuronal network activity. Neuroimage Epub Feb 12

8.     Hall SD, Barnes GR, Furlong PL, Seri S, Hillebrand A. (2010) Neuronal network pharmacodynamics of GABAergic modulation in the human cortex determined using pharmaco-magnetoencephalography. Hum Brain Mapp. (4):581-94.

9.     Adjamian P, Worthen SF, Hillebrand A, Furlong PL, Chizh BA, Hobson AR, Aziz Q, Barnes GR. (2009) Effective electromagnetic noise cancellation with beamformers and synthetic gradiometry in shielded and partly shielded environments. J Neurosci Methods. 30;178(1):120-7.

10.   Fisher AE, Furlong PL, Seri S, Adjamian P, Witton C, Baldeweg T, Phillips S, Walsh R, Houghton JM, Thai NJ. (2008) Interhemispheric differences of spectral power in expressive language: A MEG study with clinical applications.  Int J Psychophysiol.  May;68(2):111-22.

11.   Hobson AR, Furlong PL, Aziz Q. Oesophageal afferent pathway sensitivity in non-erosive reflux disease. (2008) Neurogastroenterol Motil. Apr 13.

12.   Barnes, G.R.,  Furlong, P.L.,  Singh, K.D., Hillebrand, A. (2006) A verifiable solution to the MEG inverse problem, Neuroimage ,Jun;31(2):623-6

13.   Hobson AR, Furlong PL, Sarkar S, Matthews PJ, Willert RP, Worthen SF,Unsworth BJ, Aziz Q. (2006) Neurophysiologic assessment of esophageal sensory processing in noncardiacchest pain. Gastroenterology, Jan;130(1):80-8.

14.   Michael I.G. Simpson, Avgis Hadjipapas, Gareth R. Barnes, Paul L. Furlong and Caroline Witton, (2005) Imaging the dynamics of the auditory steady-state evoked response, Neuroscience Letters, Sep 16;385(3):195-7.

15.   Hall, S.D.,  Holliday, I.E.,  Hillebrand, A., Furlong, P.L., Singh, K.D. and Barnes, G.R. (2005) Distinct contrast response functions in striate and extra-striate regions of visual cortex. Clinical Neurophysiology, Volume 116, Issue 7:1716-1722

16.   Hillebrand, A., Singh, K.D., Holliday,I.E., Furlong, P.L., Barnes, G.R. A new approach to neuroimaging with magnetoencephalography. (2005) Human Brain Mapping, 25: 199-211.

17.   Brookes, M.J., Gibson, A.M., Hall, S.D., Furlong, P.L., Barnes, G.R., Hillebrand, A., Singh, K.D., Holliday, I.E., Francis, S.T., Morris, P.G. (2005)GLM-Beamformer Method demonstrates stationary field, Alpha ERD and Gamma ERS co-localisation with fMRI BOLD response in visual cortex. Neuroimage, 26(1):302-8..

18.   Stephen D. Hall,  Ian E. Holliday, Arjan Hillebrand,  Krish D Singh, Paul L. Furlong,  Avgis Hadjipapas and Gareth R. Barnes. (2005)  The missing link: concurrent human and primate cortical gamma oscillations. Neuroimage, 26(1):13-7.

19.   Hobson, A.R., Furlong, P.L., Worthen, S.F.,  Hillebrand, A., Barnes, G.R., Singh, K.D., Thompson, D.G andAziz, Q. (2005) Real time imaging of human cortical activity evoked by painful esophageal stimulation. Gastroenterology.,128(3):610-9.

20.   Furlong, P.L., Hobson, A.R*., Aziz, Q., Barnes, G.R., Singh, K.D.,  Hillebrand, A., Thompson, D.G., Hamdy, S. (2004) Dissociating the spatio-temporal characteristics of cortical neuronal activity associated with human volitional swallowing in the healthy adult brain. Neuroimage, 22(4); 1447-1455.

21.   Hall, S.D., Barnes, G.R., Hillebrand, A., Furlong, P.L., Singh, K.D and Ian E. Holliday. (2004) Magnetoencephalographic observations of cortical activity in migraine visual aura.Headache, 44(3): 204-8.

22.   Furlong, P.L., Aziz, Q., Singh, K.D., Thompson, D.G., Hobson, A., and Harding, G.F.A. (1998) Cortical localisation of magnetic fields evoked by Oesophageal distension. Electroenceph.clin.Neurophysiol., 108: 234-243.