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18 December 2018

Professor Irene Tracey receives BNA Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience Award. 

9 January 2017

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

14 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.

13 February 2016

We welcome neuroimaging neuroscientist Lauren Atlas to Oxford. 

3 August 2015

Professor Irene Tracey is appointed the next Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Medical Sciences Division. 

13 May 2015

Professor Irene Tracey is 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. 

1 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.

23 April 2015

The P.A.I.N. group and FMRIB colleagues gathered at Wolfson College on Tuesday 21 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. 

11 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.

5 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.

9 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…..