Sources of Funding
- Medical Research Council
- British Medical Association
- HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Please contact me if you would like to discuss research D.Phil opportunities in MRI neuroimaging.
I am sorry that we are not able to offer research internships, shadowing, or other work experience placements due to limited space.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our brand-new online Oxford Clinical Neuroimaging Course is now live
If you are a clinical trainee, work with clinical populations, or generally have some experience with imaging and would like to learn more about the very practical uses of MRI in clinical settings, please do click on the link to see the full programme.
Incoming PhD students October 2023
A warm welcome to new DPhil candidates Akudziwe Mawere and Izabelle Lovgren, who will both be studying paediatric head trauma and related conditions.
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.
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 Neuro-Oncology Surgery service and the Oxford Epilepsy Surgery Programme as well as other neuroscientists and researchers in the Department of Engineering.
Additional translational interests include the effects of head trauma on the brain's structural and functional networks, especially in children. This is a project spearheaded by one of my collaborators (and previous DPhil 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
Efficacy and safety of carbon dioxide insufflation for brain protection for patients undergoing planned left-sided open heart valve surgery: protocol for a multicentre, placebo-controlled, blinded, randomised controlled trial (the CO2 Study).
Todd R. et al, (2023), BMJ Open, 13
FUTURE-GB: functional and ultrasound-guided resection of glioblastoma - a two-stage randomised control trial.
Plaha P. et al, (2022), BMJ Open, 12
THE VALUE OF DIFFUSION TRACTOGRAPHY FOR AWAKE SURGERY
Roach J. et al, (2022), NEURO-ONCOLOGY, 24, 6 - 6
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
A Machine Learning Enhanced Mechanistic Simulation Framework for Functional Deficit Prediction in TBI.
Schroder A. et al, (2021), Front Bioeng Biotechnol, 9