Medical Advisory Board

Dr Hanne Albert PT MSc PhD

Dr Hanne Albert is a leading expert on lumbar disc herniation and Modic changes. In 2013, she published a ground-breaking paper in the European Spine Journal which described a double-blind, placebo-controlled, and randomised clinical trial with 162 patients which demonstrated that an oral antibiotic treatment offered a curative treatment for these chronic low back pain patients by removing the bacterial infection. Dr Albert was awarded the prestigious German Award for Pain Research and Contribution to Medicine for this work and other studies in this space in 2017.

She is currently an assistant editor of the European Spine Journal, and a reviewer for several other prestigious international journals including The Lancet. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications, Dr Albert is a leading keynote speaker for the sector and frequently travels to speak at international conferences. She is a recipient of the Danish Physiotherapists Research Award, the Columna prize from The Danish Society for Musculoskeletal Medicine, and the award for best scientific presentation from the European Spine Society.

Dr Albert qualified as a physiotherapist and later gained a Masters of Public Health from the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Denmark in 2004. She worked with Professor Manniche at the University of Southern Denmark from 2000 to 2013, and has been the medical director of the Modic Clinic in Odense, Denmark, since 2013.

Dr Albert is a founding member of Persica Pharmaceuticals.

Professor Claus Manniche MD, Dr. Med

Professor Claus Manniche is one of the world’s leading experts on chronic low back pain. In 1988, he published the results of a clinical trial in The Lancet demonstrating the efficacy of exercise therapy in treating chronic low back pain. This study led to a paradigm shift in the understanding of low back pain and active spine rehabilitation, and its principles still underpin the standard of care for chronic low back pain today. He also developed a Low Back Pain Rating Scale which is still used in research projects around the world.

Throughout his career Professor Manniche has received the following awards for his pioneering work on back pain: the Danish Society for Manual Medicine Honorary Award (1989) Hvirvelsøjleprisen; the Danish Chiropractors’ Association Researcher Prize (1991); the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology’s 40th Nordic Anniversary Prize (1995);  the “Quality Award for the year 1996” Aarhus Amt; and the Danish Chiropractor; Association honorary award on behalf of Back Center Fyn (2008). He was chief editor of the Danish rheumatology journal Reumatologi between 1994 and 2000, and co-editor since 2001. In total, he has published more than 200 internationally indexed scientific papers.

Professor Manniche graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1982 with a degree in medicine and gained his license to practice in 1985. After gaining a law degree from the same university in 1988, Professor Manniche concentrated on the field of back pain and rheumatology, becoming a specialist in rheumatology in 1994. He was appointed as Professor and Director of the Spine Center of Southern Denmark in 1998.

Professor Manniche is a founding member of Persica Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Peter J Hamlyn, Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Non-Executive Director

Peter Hamlyn has practiced as a Consultant Neurological and Spinal Surgeon for nearly 30 years and has led neurosurgical units at two London leading teaching hospitals. He currently holds positions as: Director of Education of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health at University College London, President of the Brain and Spine Foundation, Head of Spinal Surgery at the Schoen Clinic London, Chairman of the UK Football Association’s Expert Advisory Group on Concussion, Head of Medicine and Trustee of the Grand Prix Trust.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Institute of Sports Medicine and was also a member of the 2012 Olympic Bid Advisory Panel. Peter’s research activity includes a period as Convener of Queen Mary University of London Spinal Cord Injury Group, a £750,000 funded research program, and a grant from the Migraine trust. He is the author of a neurosurgical textbook and a number of papers published in peer review journals. Peter graduated from University College London Medical School.

His clinical work is focused on spine surgery and sees him completing some 2,500 consultations and around 300 procedures a year. His specialist interest in sport sees him working with Premier League football clubs, rugby clubs, and elite athletes from many other sports including motorsports.

Mr Hamlyn is a founding member of Persica Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Alan A Jordan PhD

Non-Executive Director

Alan Jordan was a founder of the Spine Centre at the University of Southern Denmark where he worked as an associate professor and course coordinator in the Faculty of Sports Medicine & Clinical Biomechanics from 1998 to 2003. Following this, Alan became a Director of the Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic in London. Alan qualified as a Chiropractor in Toronto in 1979 and later carried out post-graduate at the University of Copenhagen and in 1997 completed a doctorate in medical research at the Faculty of Medicine, Royal National University Hospital, Copenhagen.

He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and co-authored two books on spinal pain. In 1997, he was awarded Scandinavian researcher of the year by The Danish Society of Musculoskeletal Disease. Alan also worked charitably for the Danish Association for Arthritis and several patient associations. Alan has served as a referee for several leading spine journals and spoken at conferences throughout Europe and North America.

Dr Jordan is a founding member of Persica Pharmaceuticals.

“Persica’s Medical Advisory Board also includes leading clinicians and basic scientists from leading European and American Universities and hospitals.”