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Irene Tracey © John Cairns
I am truly honoured to be following in the giant footsteps of Professor Chris Kennard as NDCN’s next Head of Department. I want to put our staff's career development at the heart of our strategy.
- Professor Irene Tracey

On 1 October 2016 Professor Irene Tracey became Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

Irene holds the Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetic Science. She helped found and establish the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) in 1996, becoming its Director in 2005 until 2015. In 2007 she was elected to the Chair in Anaesthetics with Fellowship at Pembroke College. In 2009 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and in 2015, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Irene sees this as an exciting time for our Department and the University more widely. The University of Oxford is now ranked Number 1 in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and our Medical Sciences Division was again ranked Number 1 in the world by the THE for a remarkable sixth year in succession.

In addition, she says, 'the recent news that we have secured NIHR BRC funding for a third cycle puts us in a very strong position to start realising our translational goals.'

Read a profile of Irene from a recent edition of The Lancet.