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Professor Alan St Clair Gibson

Post Nominals MBChB, PhD, MD
Biography Professor Alan (Zig) St Clair Gibson is currently the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull. Prior to this he was the Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex. He has previously been Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Free State, South Africa. Prior to this he was first Director of Research / Chair of Integrative Neuroscience and then Head of Department in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MBChB in 1990, a PhD in 1997 and a MD in 2002. He has previously been an Associate Professor in the MRC/UCT Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and a Research Fellow at the Human Motor Control Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, at the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC, USA. He has published more than 150 research publications, is a world-leading expert in the field of control system theory, has an H-index of 57, an I10-index of 131 and a citation count of 11 806. He publishes a monthly blog ( of academic and research interest which has attracted more than 50000 readers. His wife, Kate, and he have two children, Luke (15), and Helen (12), and he enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dogs, reading history, cycling and doing any other sport when he has the time to do so.
Research Interests Regulation of Activity, Control Systems , Complex Systems, Limits to Performance, Fatigue, Psychophysiology, Health and Wellness, Clinical Multiple System and Neurological Disorders, Basic Brain Function, Applied Ethics, Governance and Leadership
Teaching and Learning Basic Physiology and Anatomy, Limits to Performance and Fatigue, Neurological Disorders