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We study functional and structural brain networks that are important in memory and damaged in certain neurological diseases
We study functional and structural brain networks that are important in memory and damaged in certain neurological diseases

Memory loss accompanies many neurological syndromes. We use behavioural measures and brain imaging to understand how the normal processes underlying memory function are disrupted by disease.

Our research focuses on memory impairments as a result of Alzheimer's disease, limbic encephalitis, epilepsy, stroke and frontotemporal dementia. 

Our team consists of neurologists, clinicians, neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists investigating memory using a range of methods, including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography and behavioural experiments. 


Participate in our research 

We need volunteers of all ages for our research into memory in healthy and clinical populations. 

If you would like to volunteer to take part in our research please email us on and we will send you information on the projects we are conducting. 


  • Neuropsychological assessments 
  • Clinical examination
  • Computerised cognitive testing
  • Magnetic resonance imaging  at 3T and 7T
  • Structural imaging for cortical thickness, voxel-based morphometry and structural covariance analysis
  • Manual hippocampal subfield segmentation
  • Functional MRI - task based and resting-state for analysis of functional networks associated with memory
  • Diffusion tractography 
  • Magnetoencephalography 




Prof Adam Zeman (Neurology, Exeter)

Prof Kim Graham (Cognitive Neuroscience, Cardiff)

Dr Clare Rathbone (Psychology, Brooke's University)

Prof Greg Savage (Macquarrie University, Sydney)

Dr Natalie Voets (FMRIB, Oxford)

Dr Anna Mitchell (Experimental Psychology, Oxford)

DPhil Students

Dr Thomas Miller

Tom is a clinical fellow currently investigating autobiographical memory in patients with focal hippocampal damage using high resolution 7T structural imaging techniques and neuropsychological evaluation.


Mr Serge Hoefeijzers

Serge is based at the University of Edinburgh, and is studying the cognitive basis of Accelerated Long-term Forgetting (ALF) in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.


Dr Kathryn Atherton

Kathryn completed her DPhil in 2014 focussing on the effect of sleep and accelerated forgetting in patients with transient epileptic amnesia (TEA).

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