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Our Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging has chosen to name its new meeting rooms after several people who have played a key role in shaping what the Centre is today.

Plans for the original FMRIB building being reviewed by the core grant applicants and founding Director

With the creation of the new annexe for the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) came the opportunity to upgrade the existing FMRIB Building just across the car park, and the inauguration of several new meeting spaces.

WIN's Management Board decided that it would be appropriate to name the rooms after the individuals who have been significant in shaping what the Centre is today. This includes the three founding applicants on the original FMRIB Centre core grant, two former directors and a former administrator:


The Cowey Room

The largest meeting room in the WIN@FMRIB Annexe (the red room) 

Prof Alan Cowey (1935-2012) was one of the founders of FMRIB.  As a professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, his research centred on visual neuroscience.  He carried out some of the first experiments on FMRIB’s original 3 Tesla MRI scanner which, at the time, was only the second 3T in the country.

 John Newsom Davis

The Newsom-Davis Room

The board room in the WIN@FMRIB Annexe (the yellow room) 

Prof John Newsom-Davis (1932-2007) was one of the founders of FMRIB.  A neurologist, and former head of the Department of Clinical Neurology, his research group was dedicated to the study of the condition Myasthenia Gravis. He saw the huge potential of MRI to the clinic and was instrumental in establishing FMRIB in the hospital setting. (See Vincent, A. 'John Newsom-Davis: clinician-scientist and so much more', Brain Volume 134, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 3755–3774.)

 George Radda

The Radda Room

The top floor small meeting room in the WIN@FMRIB Annexe (the blue room)

Prof George Radda was the third founder of FMRIB.  A chemist, turned physiologist, Prof Radda was one of the first to use NMR to study human tissue metabolites.  He founded the MRC Biochemical and Clinical MRS Unit in Oxford (in what is now OCMR) and later went on to be the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.

 Paul Matthews

The Matthews Room

The WIN@FMRIB Meeting Room, which will move to the 7T corridor

Prof Paul Matthews was the founding Director of FMRIB.  A neurologist with an interest in Multiple Sclerosis, Prof Matthews was responsible for recruiting the initial FMRIB team and setting the centre’s focus on balancing methods developments with basic and clinical neuroscience applications.  He went on to found the GSK Clinical Imaging Centre at Imperial College.

 Irene Tracey

The Tracey Room

The lower floor small meeting room in the WIN@FMRIB Annexe (the grey room)

Prof Irene Tracey was the second Director of FMRIB.  Oxford born, Prof Tracey studied biochemistry at Merton College before carrying out some of the early studies using fMRI at Harvard University.  She was one of the original team at FMRIB, leading the ‘Applications’ group, before becoming Director in 2005.  Irene remains an active PI within WIN as well as being the new Warden of Merton College. 

 Marylin Goulding

The Goulding Room

A room for meetings with core staff, off the new lounge area in WIN@FMRIB 

Marilyn Goulding was a former administrator at FMRIB before retiring in 2014.  She moved from the administrative team in the Department of Clinical Neurology at the old Radcliffe Infirmary to FMRIB and was instrumental in setting the relaxed and friendly tone that still characterises the Centre today.