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We are delighted to announce that the University of Oxford has conferred the title of Full Professor on several members of our Department. This demonstrates the breadth and depth of our research.

Rafal Bogacz is Professor of Computational Neuroscience. Rafal is an internationally recognised expert in the computational models of decision circuits in the brain, and their dysfunction in neurological disorders. He is dedicated to promoting Oxford neuroscience through public engagement activities and teaching and plays a major role in driving the increasingly interdisciplinary environment for computational neuroscience in Oxford.  

Holly Bridge is Professor of Neuroscience. During her career in Oxford she has led research into the neural basis of visual perception and plasticity using MRI. Her expertise in using the most advanced human imaging techniques combined with extensive experience in working with patients with visual impairment gives her a unique profile in vision science. Holly has been a key figure in NDCN’s public engagement activities, and chairs the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences Public Engagement and Communications Committee.

Susan Downes is Professor of Ophthalmology. She is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Clinical Network Lead for Ophthalmology research in the Thames Valley and Clinical Research Lead for Ophthalmology in the new Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi). Her research areas are primarily focused on phenotype genotype correlation in inherited retinal degeneration, treatment of age-related macular degeneration and sleep studies in ocular disease. She has a major role in NDCN in leading the undergraduate teaching programme in Ophthalmology and in developing clinical trials.

Andrew Farmery is Professor of Anaesthetics. Andrew is Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics in NDCN. His work focuses on using knowledge of basic respiratory and cardiovascular physiology to derive bioengineering solutions to improve the way we monitor patients under anaesthesia and in intensive care. In keeping with the fact he is an active clinical anaesthetist, his work has led to new inventions which have real impact on clinical care. In his spare time, he is Dean and Tutor in Medicine at Wadham College!

Michele Hu is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience. Michele has risen to be an academic leader in neurodegenerative disease in Oxford, nationally in Parkinson’s disease and internationally as a recognised expert in cohort studies in this important disease area. She has created one of the most significant cohorts of PD patients in the world and her work is generating important new insights into the natural history of PD and its relation to non-motor features. She has achieved all of this while running a regional clinical service for patients with movement disorders.

Jacqueline Palace is Professor of Neurology. This is in recognition of Jackie’s outstanding track record of research into demyelinating disorders and her leadership in developing a research infrastructure which places Oxford as a major centre in neuro-inflammatory disease. She has mentored numerous clinical research fellows and has an international profile as a clinician and researcher which attracts many people from across the world to Oxford. She has led the multiple sclerosis clinical service in Oxford for several decades and been involved in numerous clinical trials.

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