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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
For more than a century, researchers and clinicians have sought simple (low-dimensional) accounts of brain disorders, but the brain has refused to comply. The failure of simple solutions has encouraged the view than no solutions exist; that individual patients’ symptoms are simply too complex and variable to be predicted or understood. As a result, millions of these patients receive inadequate treatment, even in the world’s most advanced healthcare systems. But complexity is not the same as inconsistency. My research aims to make sense of that complexity, using computational models and machine learning to derive a more personalised medicine for these patients, and to develop insights from the disordered brain that can enhance our understanding of the healthy brain.

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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