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Dr Thomas Hope
Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
12 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AR
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I have been a management consultant and a doctcom entrepreneur, and I'm also a qualified barrister. But I began my research career with a focus on artificial intelligence, using rule-based systems, machine learning and evolutionary robotics for military applications. I aim to use what I've learned to better understand the brain, and to make discoveries which can help people with neurological disorders.

Research Summary

Language is our defining cognitive skill. No theory of brain function can be complete without a formal account of how our brains can implement that skill. The pursuit of that kind of account also has direct, clinical relevance to the millions of people whose language skills are impaired.

I study the neurobiology of language in health and disease, using formal, computational and neuroimaging methods to understand how we speak, understand, read and write. I am particularly interested in the processes by which stroke patients with acquired disorders of language (aphasia) relearn the language skills they have lost. In this sense, my work is also about brain plasticity in general. One practical goal is to produce clinical tools which can predict individual stroke survivors' prognoses and likely responses to treatments. I use machine learning to pursue this more applied research, and in this sense, my work is also a pursuit of applications of machine learning, and brain imaging, in medicine.

Teaching Summary

I give regular lectures for the MSc course in stroke medicine, and the MSc course in clinical neuroscience, and also serve as an examiner for student theses and PhD upgrades.

Appointments
2017 Senior Research Associate Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging University College London, United Kingdom
2011 – 2017 Research Associate Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging University College London, United Kingdom
2001 – 2005 Scientist (Artificial Intelligence)   Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, United Kingdom
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