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University of Exeter Medical School

 Sophie Clarke

Sophie Clarke

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 RILD Building 


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK


Sophie joined the University of Exeter in June 2023 as a Postdoctoral Researcher, working with Dr Sam Hughes on the use of neurophysiological measures of spinal reflexes to assess the top-down modulation of pain by immersive virtual reality in humans.

She previously completed her DPhil (PhD) research on the use of fMRI to develop biomarkers for pain and analgesia.


  • DPhil, Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford (2023)
  • MSci, Physiological Sciences, University of Bristol (2016)

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Research interests

Sophie’s research interests focus on the assessment of pain responses to understand the effects of pharmacological and non-pharmacological analgesic treatments in humans.

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