Prof Shaheen Hamdy is currently Professor of Neurogastroenterology based in the Centre for GI Sciences, within the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester. His research interests include neural mechanisms within the gastrointestinal system, with a particular focus on neuroplasticity and functional recovery following brain injury using human swallowing as an experimental model. This work has provided new knowledge about the cortical control of swallowing in man, and defined which aspects of its organisation are important for recovery after stroke. Prof Hamdy has prominence in most aspects of TMS, and has utilised a number of complimentary imaging modalities including PET and fMRI. His most recent work has begun characterising the role of therapeutic interventions in driving cortical plasticity and recovery after neurologic disease, with a particular interest in neurostimulation. His research has attracted over £5 million in external grant income from research council, Wellcome Trust and medical charities. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and has contributed to 15 books.