Dr Julian Taylor

Senior Research Fellow

Julian Taylor is a Physiologist with a PhD in Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology from the University of Nottingham. Julian is involved with clinical and basic studies related to sensorimotor pathophysiology and chronic complications that develop after spinal cord injury. He is currently working in a dual position as Research Director at Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research at the National Spinal Injuries Centre  and as Group Leader at the National Hospital for Paraplegics in Toledo, Spain.


Julian has published in the field of pain, motor dysfunction (spasticity) and new measures of adaptive neuroplasticity following rehabilitation after spinal cord injury (see below). At Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research he is directing projects into the treatment of chronic complications, activity based rehabilitation and paediatric spinal cord injury. At the National Hospital for Paraplegics in Spain he is investigating how both neuropathic pain and spasticity after spinal cord injury can be diagnosed better and how exploring new treatment strategies including non-invasive neuromodulation and controlled exercise, and the development of a humanised pharmacological strategy based on a modified omega-9 fatty acid.


In Spain Julian participates as Honorary Professor for the Master´s course for the study of pain at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Selected clinical and basic research papers (for a full list click here)

Stefano Piazza, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Diego Torricelli, Gerardo Avila-Martin, Iriana Galan-Arriero, Jose Luis Pons, Taylor J. Maintenance of cutaneomuscular neuronal excitability after leg-cycling predicts lower limb muscle strength after incomplete spinal cord injury. Clinical Neurophysiology 2016 Jun;127(6):2402-9.

Julio Gómez-Soriano, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Enrique Pérez-Rizo, Gerardo Avíla-Martín, Iriana Galán-Arriero, Cristina Simón-Martinez, Julian Taylor. Abnormal cutaneous flexor reflex activity during controlled movement in human spinal cord injury spasticity syndrome. Spinal Cord  2016 Feb 23. doi: 10.1038/sc.2016.9

Filipe Barroso, Diego Torricelli, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Julian Taylor, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Cristina Santos, Juan Moreno, Jose Luis Pons. Muscle Synergies in Cycling after Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: Correlation with Clinical Measures of Motor Function and Spasticity. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Jan 11;9:706. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00706

Sergiu Albu, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Gerardo Avila-Martin, Julian Taylor. Deficient conditioned pain modulation after spinal cord injury correlates with clinical spontaneous pain measures. Pain. 2015 Feb;156(2):260-72

Iriana Galan-Arriero, Gerardo Avila-Martin, Agueda Ferrer-Donato, Julio Gomez-Soriano, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Julian Taylor: Oral administration of the p38α MAPK inhibitor, UR13870, inhibits affective pain behavior following spinal cord injury. Pain 2014; 155(10):2188-98

Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Julian Taylor, Manuel Aleixandre, Cristina Simon-Martínez, Diego Torricelli, José L Pons, Julio Gómez-Soriano: Tibialis Anterior muscle coherence during controlled voluntary activation in patients with spinal cord injury: diagnostic potential for muscle strength, gait and spasticity. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 03/2014; 11(1):23.

Gerardo Avila-Martin, Iriana Galan-Arriero, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Julian Taylor: Treatment of rat spinal cord injury with the neurotrophic factor albumin-oleic acid: translational application for paralysis, spasticity and pain.. PLoS ONE 01/2011; 6(10):e26107.

Julio Gómez-Soriano, Eider Goiriena, Julian Taylor: Spasticity therapy reacts to astrocyte GluA1 receptor upregulation following spinal cord injury. British Journal of Pharmacology 11/2010; 161(5):972-5.


Filipe Barroso, Diego Torricelli, Juan C Moreno, Julian Taylor, Julio Gomez-Soriano, Elizabeth B Esteban, Cristina Santos, Jose L Pons: Similarity of muscle synergies in human walking and cycling: Preliminary results. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference 07/2013; 2013:6933-6936.

J L Pons, J C Moreno, D Torricelli, J S Taylor: Principles of human locomotion: A review. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference 07/2013; 2013:6941-6944.

Julian Taylor, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, Gerardo Ávila-Martín, Iriana Galán-Arriero, Cristina Simón-Martinez, Sergiu Albu and Julio Gómez-Soriano. The good, the bad and the ugly of spinal cord injury spasticity: towards a better diagnosis and targeted treatment strategy. J.L.Pons et al. (Eds.): Converging Clinical & Engi. Research on NR, BIOSYSROB 1, pp. 1083-1086. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.

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