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9th January 2017

Professor Irene Tracey has been awarded the British Prize from the Feldberg Foundation for 2017.

14th September 2016

Professor Irene Tracey is profiled in The Lancet. She talks about her background, her research, women in science, and her new managerial role. Irene became head of NDCN on 1 October 2016.

2nd March 2016

On March 15th 7pm-8pm, Prof. Irene Tracey will be giving a public lecture, Our Perception of Pain, at the Oxford University Natural History Museum. Although free to attend, booking is advised. 

13th February 2016

On February 23rd & 24th the PAIN Group and FMRIB welcome neuroimaging neuroscientist Lauren Atlas to Oxford. Lauren has kindly offered to present  a glimpse of her work at 4pm in the FMRIB seminar room.

3rd August 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Irene Tracey on being appointed the next Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Medical Sciences Division. Prof. Tracey will succeed Prof. Christopher Kennard, who retires on 1st October 2016. 

13th May 2015

This week, we congratulate Prof. Irene Tracey on being elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science. This election marks her excellence in medical research and the innovative application of the contributions she has made over the years to scientific knowledge. 


1st May 2015

Today we say our (temporary) goodbyes to Enrico Schulz who is returning to Germany throughout the Summer period. We look forward to welcoming him back to FMRIB and the P.A.I.N. group later on this year.


23rd April 2015

The P.A.I.N. group and FMRIB colleagues gathered at Wolfson College on Tuesday 21st April for a series of talks to celebrate Irene Tracey's ten-years as the Director of FMRIB. The day was closed with a champagne reception and meal. 

11th March 2015

We are happy to announce a recent publication in Nature Neuroscience highlighting the dorsal posterior insula as an index of the core 'it hurts' experience of pain. Irene Tracey, Andrew Segerdahl, and colleagues applied a combination of heat stimuli (including capsaicin - the active ingredient in chillies) to the legs of healthy volunteers. Using a technique called arterial spin labeling to track brain activity over an extended period of stimulation, neural underpinnings associated with momentary experiences, such as attention to fear, were filtered from those underpinning the actual experience of pain. Activity changes in the dorsal posterior insula tracked changes in the volunteers' ratings of pain. This finding opens up exciting avenues of research into how modulating activity in the dorsal posterior insula might help to treat pain and also index pain in individuals who lack the ability to communicate.

5th February 2015

Congratulations to Johanna Vannesjo who has won a competitive Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to develop knowledge of ultra-high field spinal cord imaging.


9th January 2015

Just before Christmas 2014 we said our sad goodbyes to Line Loken who left us for sunnier climes in San Francisco. She is now working in the great lab of Allan Basbaum, but we are determined to keep her interested in the brain…..