Sources of Funding
- Medical Research Council
- British Medical Association
- HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
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MA (Oxon), D.Phil
- Principal Investigator, FMRIB Centre/WIN
- Awake Intraoperative Neurosurgery Technician, OUH NHS Foundation Trust
Our research uses neuroimaging techniques to understand how the brain adapts to pathology, injury and treatment in order to improve neurosurgical approaches, outcomes and recovery.
Our translational research uses non-invasive MRI brain imaging techniques to understand how disease and damage affects brain function. Our main area of research is patients who are undergoing brain surgery to treat a brain tumour or drug-resistant epilepsy.
Our hope is that by developing a better understanding of the mechanisms that drive brain plasticity we may be able to identify patterns of brain activity predictive of risks and recovery after treatment. This multidisciplinary research, based at the FMRIB Centre, is conducted in close collaboration with the Oxford Epilepsy Surgery Programme and Neuro-Oncology Surgery service as well as neuroscientists at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity.
Additional translational interests include the effects of head trauma on the brain's structural and functional networks, a project spearheaded by one of my D.Phil students, consultant neurosurgeon Tim Lawrence.
I am a Research Fellow / Principal Investigator at the FMRIB Centre (now part of the new Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging).
I studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford (1999-2002) before completing a D.Phil at the FMRIB Centre (2002-2005) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Matthews focused on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Following a post-doctoral position with Prof. Tipu Aziz’s Deep Brain Stimulation research group, I spent 3 years as imaging scientist at the GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Imaging Centre (now Imanova), assessing the sensitivity of multi-modal neuroimaging measures as early markers of efficacy for drugs targeting memory impairment among others. In 2009, I moved to the MNI to work in the NeuroImaging of Epilepsy laboratory before returning to the Oxford FMRIB Centre on a MRC Fellowship later that year.
Characterising neural plasticity at the single patient level using connectivity fingerprints.
Voets NL. et al, (2019), Neuroimage Clin, 24
Brain white matter fibre tracts: a review of functional neuro-oncological relevance.
Voets NL. et al, (2017), J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 88, 1017 - 1025
Aberrant functional connectivity in dissociable hippocampal networks is associated with deficits in memory.
Voets NL. et al, (2014), J Neurosci, 34, 4920 - 4928
Resting connectivity predicts task activation in pre-surgical populations.
Parker Jones O. et al, (2017), Neuroimage Clin, 13, 378 - 385
Thalamo-Cortical Disruption Contributes to Short-Term Memory Deficits in Patients with Medial Temporal Lobe Damage.
Voets NL. et al, (2015), Cereb Cortex, 25, 4584 - 4595
Diffusion tractography for awake craniotomy: accuracy and factors affecting specificity.
Voets NL. et al, (2021), J Neurooncol
7T Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Recommendations on the Use of 7T MRI in Clinical Practice.
Opheim G. et al, (2021), Neurology, 96, 327 - 341
Endoscopic Ipsilateral Interhemispheric Approach for Resection of Selected Deep Medial Brain Tumors.
McKinnon C. et al, (2020), World Neurosurg, 144, 162 - 169
Raman spectroscopy to differentiate between fresh tissue samples of glioma and normal brain: a comparison with 5-ALA-induced fluorescence-guided surgery.
Livermore LJ. et al, (2020), J Neurosurg, 1 - 11
Presurgical Localization of the Primary Sensorimotor Cortex in Gliomas
VOETS N. et al, (2020), Clinical Neuroradiology
Unsilencing the right hemisphere: new insights from awake neurosurgery.
Voets NL. and Plaha P., (2019), Brain, 142, 2176 - 2178