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Dr Ghazala Tabasam


About Dr Ghazala Tabasam

Dr Ghazala Tabasam is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and a member of the pain research team in the School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences at Leeds Beckett University.

Ghazala Tabasam has been conducting research assessing the analgesic effectiveness of different stimulating parameters of IFT and TENS since 1995 using a variety of experimental pain models in healthy human subjects. Her research focuses on the analgesic effects of electrotherapy and a variety of non-pharmacological interventions used for pain management. Her PhD research focused on the clinical use of Interferential Current Therapy (IFT) and TENS. She is also interested in the influence of gender on response to pain and has presented her work at national and international conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. She is also a member of The Pain Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Current Teaching

BSc (H) taught course provision including Biomedical Sciences, Dietetics, Human Nutrition, Nursing, Physiotherapy.

Post-graduate research provision including MSc Biomedical Sciences.

Research Interests

Current research topics include gender and pain responses and evaluations of the effectiveness of TENS and IFC for the management of pain. Research conducted within the pain research team is regularly presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed journals and reaches a wide audience of health care professionals. It is also incorporated into our teaching practices.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (11)

  • Alabas OA; Tashani OA; Tabasam G; Johnson MI (2012) Gender role affects experimental pain responses: a systematic review with meta-analysis.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00121.x
  • Dickie A; Tabasam G; Tashani O; Marchant P; Johnson MI (2009) A preliminary investigation into the effect of coffee on hypolagesia associated with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-097X.2009.00869.x
  • Chen C-C; Tabasam G; Johnson MI (2008) Does the pulse frequency of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) influence hypoalgesia?. A systematic review of studies using experimental pain and healthy human participants
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2006.12.011
  • FRANCIS R; TABASAM G; JOHNSON M (2008) The characteristics of acupuncture-like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (AL-TENS): A literature review
  • CHEN C; TABASAM G; JOHNSON M (2008) Does the pulse frequency of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) influence hypoalgesia? A systematic review of studies using experimental pain and healthy human participants
  • Brown L; Tabasam G; Bjordal JM; Johnson MI (2007) An Investigation Into the Effect of Electrode Placement of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on Experimentally Induced Ischemic Pain in Healthy Human Participants
    https://doi.org/10.1097/ajp.0b013e31814b86a9
  • Johnson MI; Tabasam G (2003) An investigation into the analgesic effects of different frequencies of the amplitude-modulated wave of interferential current therapy on cold-induced pain in normal subjects 11No commercial party having a direct financial interest in the results of the research supporting this article has or will confer a benefit on the authors or any organization with which the authors are associated.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/s0003-9993(03)00151-5
  • Johnson MI; Tabasam G (2003) An Investigation Into the Analgesic Effects of Interferential Currents and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Experimentally Induced Ischemic Pain in Otherwise Pain-Free Volunteers
    https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/83.3.208
  • Johnson MI; Tabasam G (2003) A single-blind investigation into the hypoalgesic effects of different swing patterns of interferential currents on cold-induced pain in healthy volunteers
    https://doi.org/10.1053/apmr.2003.50005
  • Johnson MI; Tabasam G (2002) A single-blind placebo-controlled investigation into the analgesic effects of interferential currents on experimentally induced ischaemic pain in healthy subjects
    https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1475-097x.2002.00416.x
  • Tabasam G; Johnson MI (1999) Electrotherapy for painrelief: does it work? A laboratory-based study to examine the analgesic effects of electrotherapy on cold-induced pain in healthy individuals
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1361-9004(99)80004-1

Conference contributions (3)

  • TABASAM G (2010) Innovation and Enterprise - The experiences of an academic in trying to develop a hand held electrical device for the management of self harm .
  • TASHANI O; TABASAM G (2009) Invited presentation . Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire:
  • TABASAM G (2008) Pharmacological Management of Neuropathic Pain .

Conference proceedings (4)

  • ALABAS OAM; TASHANI O; TABASAM G; JOHNSON MI (2011) An investigation on the effect of pain-related anxiety on cold pressor pain in healthy Libyans.. In: Joint Annual Scientific Conference of the British Pain Society and the Canadian Pain Society. . Edinburgh: , pp. .
  • CHEN C; BENHAM A; TABASAM G; MARCHANT P; JOHNSON M (2008) The hypoalgesic effects of high and low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on cold induced pain in healthy human participants. In: The British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting . Liverpool: , pp. .
  • FRANCIS R; JOHNSON M; TABASAM G (2008) A comparison of acupuncture-like and conventional TENS. A systematic review of studies using pain-free participants and pain patients. In: Yorkshire Allied Health Professionals Research and Clinical Effectiveness Forum and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Yorkshire St John University Research Conference York . : , pp. .
  • FRANCIS R; MULVEY M; TABASAM G; MARCHANT P; JOHNSON M (2008) A study to compare the during-stimulation effects of conventional and acupuncture-like TENS on cold-induced pain in healthy human participants. In: The British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting . Liverpool: , pp. .
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