Annina Schmid
PT, PhD, MMACP, Associate Professor Oxford University


A/Prof Annina Schmid is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Neuroscientist affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. Her passions include the understanding of the pathophysiology underlying entrapment neuropathies and neuropathic pain with the ultimate goal to advance management of these patients. In addition to her research activities, Dr Schmid teaches postgraduate courses related to pain and neuroscience internationally. She also maintains a weekly caseload as a specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Tertiary qualifications

  • 2011   PhD in Neuroscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2006   Specialist in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (Swiss Association for Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Therapy)
  • 2005   Master of Manipulative Therapy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth (awarded Brian Edward Prize for highest marks upon completion)
  • 2001   BSc Physiotherapy, Switzerland (high distinction)


  • Guest Lecturer at different MSc programmes internationally (Oxford University, University of Hertfordshire, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, The University of Queensland).
  • International teaching of postgraduate courses focussing on entrapment neuropathies, neuropathic pain and its diagnosis and management


  • Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in private practice with over 18 years of experience in musculoskeletal therapy.


Annina’s research is an exciting and unique combination of preclinical and clinical science which is aimed to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies to ultimately improve management of these patients. Annina has presented her work at leading international and has published her work widely including publications in leading clinical (e.g., Brain, Nature Communication, Eur J Pain) and basic science journals (e.g., eLife, Nature Genetics). Dr Schmid’s research contribution is recognised by the award of several grants, awards and competitive fellowships. For further details see


  • 2018 Award for Excellence, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Oxford University
  • 2015 Best poster award, 5th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain, France
  • 2015 Robert Williams International Award, Chartered Society for Physiotherapists, UK
  • 2009+2010 Best presentation, Postgraduate Research Conference School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2005 MPA Brian Edwards Prize on completion of The Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Courses held by this instructor