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I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate, supervised by Dr Jan Novak, working in the AIPNI (Artificial Intelligence in Pediatric NeuroImaging) lab. I am a member of the Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment.

Research Interests

Understanding consequences of neurological diseases on the still-developing brain using cognitive neuroscience methods: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetoencephalography and Neuropsychology.

I am interested in understanding brain and cognitive development in children, using neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods, and how these are influenced by the presence of chronic neurological disease. I have a keen interest in developing this further with the added value that longitudinal data can bring.

I will use this knowledge to develop early warning systems and predictive models of a wide range of clinical and functional outcomes which matter to families.  These will become clinical support tools to inform treatment, and management in these populations to maximise the developmental outcomes of these children.

My current and previous PostDoc experience fits into into this ‘vision’:

  • Paediatric Brain Tumour Diagnosis – Performing ROI analysis using MRI and deep learning to predict tumour diagnosis from in-vivo imaging, ahead of histopathology. Providing this information ahead of time will influence decision making and clinical management.
  • MEGMOG – Investigating the use of MEG as a potential novel biomarker in MOG-antibody associated disease. Identifying changes in functional brain networks as neural correlates of disease severity and cognitive outcomes.
  • PROBIT - Predicting long-term outcomes of pediatric brain insult using MRI. Developing transdiagnostic models which can predict outcomes that matter to families including academic achievement, behavioural difficulties and cognition.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol; Membership No. 338022)
  • Honorary (Research) contract with Birmingham Children’s Hospital (2018-Present)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Ref: PR223179)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, BRAIN NETWORK APPROACHES TO CHARACTERISE STRUCTURE-FUNCTION RELATIONSHIPS AFTER CHILDHOOD HEAD INJURY

1 Oct 201631 Oct 2019

Award Date: 12 May 2020

MSc, Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 20155 Sept 2016

BSc, Psychology (BPS Accredited), University of East Anglia

1 Sept 20121 Jul 2015

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