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Prof Geraint Rees
2 Taviton Street
London
WC1H 0BT
Tel: 020 7679 5496
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Appointment
  • Professor of Cognitive Neurology
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • School of Life & Medical Sciences
Biography

I am Vice Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement). From 2014-2022 I was Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. Before that, from 2009-2014 I was Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and from 2011-2014 Deputy Head of the Faculty of Brain Sciences UCL. I have strong strategic interests (and a track record of operational delivery) in enterprise and innovation (as a non-Executive Director of UCL Business, but also a personal track record of strategic consultancy with Google DeepMind and other collaborations) and in delivery of large-scale doctoral training programmes. I continue to be research-active working on the neural basis of human cognition using functional brain imaging, machine learning and other advanced analytic techniques. 

Research Summary

My research interests are in the nature and neural basis of human cognition, particularly underlying consciousness and related phenomena; and in the application of high dimensional multivariate inference (“machine learning” and similar tools) to major challenges in the delivery of healthcare, the understanding of innovation and other areas. In my senior role at UCL I work collaboratively with colleagues, as co-investigator (with Professor Sarah Tabrizi as PI) on the neural basis of therapeutic interventions in Huntington’s disease, and as co-investigator (with Professor Parashkev Nachev) on high dimensional inference in neuroscience and medicine. 

Teaching Summary

My major educational interest is in strategy and policy development for postgraduate clinical academic training, both locally and nationally. At UCL I set up and direct the UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office. This is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Health and jointly operated with the UCL/H NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. The ACO actively manages UCL's large portfolio of MRC & NIHR clinical and scientific trainees, manages our large MRC Doctoral Training Centre award, and also coordinates talent management and leadership training such as our Future Leaders programme. I co-direct the UKRI CDT in AI-Enabled Healthcare Systems, co-direct the MRC Doctoral Training Programme. Previously I have co-directed (with Sebastian Ourselin & David Hawkes) the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging and co-directed (with David Lomas) the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme at UCL. As well as this strategic activity I also teach on a number of Masters courses across UCL and provide lectures to several undergraduate programmes and pre-sessional courses.

Appointments
MAY-2022 Vice Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)   UCL, United Kingdom
2014 – 2022 Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Life Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
2009 – 2014 Director Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
2007 – 2012 Sub-Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education   UCL, United Kingdom
2007 Education & Training Lead Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre UCL Hospitals, United Kingdom
2006 Deputy Co-Chair Medical Academic Staff Committee British Medical Association, United Kingdom
2006 Professor of Cognitive Neurology   UCL, United Kingdom
2004 Honorary Consultant National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery UCL Hospitals, United Kingdom
2003 – 2006 Senior Clinical Fellow and Senior Lecturer Institute of Neurology UCL, United Kingdom
2002 – 2003 Clinical Lecturer Institute of Neurology UCL, United Kingdom
1999 – 2002 Wellcome Advanced Fellow   California Institute of Technology , United States
1999 – 2002 Wellcome Advanced Fellow Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
1995 – 1995 Clinical Research Fellow Institute of Neurology UCL, United Kingdom
1994 – 1995 Registrar in Medicine and Neurology   Queen Mary’s University Hospital, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1999   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1994   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1991   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Oxford
1988   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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