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Prof Geraint Rees
17 Queen Square
Tel: 020 7679 5496
Fax: 020 7813 1420
  • Professor of Cognitive Neurology
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I am Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, and lead a research group investigating the neural basis of human consciousness at the internationally renowned Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. My work has resulted in over 125 publications (including one in Nature, seven in Science, nine in Nature Neuroscience plus two definitive reviews in Nature Reviews Neuroscience). I have received over £2m in grant funding in the last five years and have been awarded the Young Investigator Medal of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (2003), the Royal Society Francis Crick Medal (2007) and the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (2007). I have an active and enthusiastic public engagement profile and a major interest in the development of clinical academic training in the UK with both local and national responsibilities. At UCL/UCLH I direct clinical academic education and training at the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.
Research Summary
Work in the laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying human consciousness in health and disease. At present we focus primarily on the neural correlates of particular types of conscious content, aiming to distinguish between conscious and unconscious representations in the human brain. As a considerable amount is already known about the anatomy and physiology of the visual system, much of the research in the laboratory focuses on visual awareness. However, we are interested in all the major modalities and work in the laboratory also studies the auditory and somatosensory systems. We mainly use functional MRI at high field, in combination with behavioral studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG/MEG
Teaching Summary
My major educational interest is in strategy and policy development for postgraduate clinical academic training, both locally and nationally. 

At UCL I am a Sub-Dean in the Faculty of Biomedical Science with particular responsibility for this policy area; I also oversee operation of the Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Account.  

At UCL/UCLH I am lead for Education & Training in the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, overseeing a range of CPD and bioethics focused activities, plus an interdisciplinary PhD programme and Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Lecturer programmes at UCL. 

Nationally I am elected co-chair to the committee that represents the 3,000 academic staff in the UK and leads on academic training policy. As a BMA officer I am a member of the MMC Programme Board for England recommending policy to ministers.
2009 Director Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
2007 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 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1994 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1991 MB BCh Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Oxford
1988 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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