Geraint Rees

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Geraint Ellis Rees
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Geraint Rees in August 2010
Born (1967-11-27) 27 November 1967 (age 46)[citation needed]
Cambridge, UK
Nationality British
Institutions Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London
Alma mater Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (1985–1988)
New College, Oxford (1988–1991)
University College London (1995–1999)
Thesis An investigation of the neural correlates of selective attention in humans using functional imaging (1999)
Known for Consciousness research, brain imaging
Notable awards Crick Lecture 2007[1]
Website
www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~grees
www.ucl.ac.uk/icn/people/geraint
twitter.com/profgeraintrees

Geraint Ellis Rees FMedSci is Deputy Head of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences,[2] Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience[3][4] and a Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow[5] at University College London. He is also a member of the Francis Crick Institute Executive Team[6] and a Director of the Imanova Centre for Imaging Sciences.[7] On September 1, 2014 he will become Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences [8]

Education[edit]

After medical training in Cambridge, Oxford and London, he completed his PhD degree under the supervision of Chris Frith at University College London's Functional Imaging Laboratory in 1999. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Christof Koch's laboratory at the California Institute of Technology for two years before returning to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London in 2001. In 2002 he became a group leader with the award of a Senior Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. His Senior Fellowship was renewed in 2007 and 2012. His work has been internationally recognised with the award in 2003 of the Young Investigator Medal of The Organization for Human Brain Mapping.[9] In 2007 he was awarded the Experimental Psychology Society Prize and gave the Royal Society Francis Crick Lecture. In February 2009 he gave the Goulstonian lecture of the Royal College of Physicians His ISI H-index is 50, his Google Scholar H-index is 61 and his I10-index is 134.

He was Secretary and Treasurer of the Guarantors of Brain, and an Associate Editor of the journal Brain between 2007-2014 and remains a trustee of the charity. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.[10] He was a member of the Medical Research Council Neuroscience and Mental Health Board 2008-2012 and a member of the Medical Programme (subsequently Professional) Board for England [11] from its inception until 2012. His Who's Who (UK) entry[12] lists his recreation as 'achieving a better work/life balance'

Research[edit]

Rees research interests[13][14][15][16] are on the neural mechanisms underlying human consciousness in health and disease.[17][18][19] At present most work focuses 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, his laboratory also studies the auditory and somatosensory systems. Most research involves functional MRI at high field, in combination with behavioral studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG/MEG. Previous work by Rees has suggested that subjective awareness of objects in the visual environment is associated not just with enhanced activation in visual areas of the occipital lobe, but also areas of parietal and prefrontal cortex often associated with attention. A major focus of this work is therefore in studying interactions between visual cortex and these areas, both in the context of attention, and with respect to eye movements.

He co-edited a large reference book entitled the Neurobiology of Attention[20] with Laurent Itti and John Tsotsos, and is the author of numerous articles and invited reviews on the functional imaging of consciousness.

He was a member of the board of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness until stepping down in 2007, and with Patrick Wilken organised its tenth annual meeting that was held at St. Anne's College, Oxford in June 2006.

Teaching and training[edit]

Rees was the elected Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Academic Staff Committee (MASC) 2007-12, and led on policy development concerning medical academic training. He was a member of the Medical Programme Board for England 2007-2012 and chaired the MPB Recruitment Task and Finish Group overseeing recruitment of all trainee doctors in England. He served on the 'Walport' committee of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration developing Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Lecturer schemes, and leads the local ACF and CL schemes at University College London. He was also course director for over a decade for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) Part 1 courses in London run by Pastest. He is currently Director of the UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://royalsociety.org/awards/francis-crick-lecture/ Crick lecturers
  2. ^ http://www.ucl.ac.uk/brain-sciences
  3. ^ UCL Staff Profile
  4. ^ http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~grees/ Rees laboratory homepage
  5. ^ http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2010/News/WTX059334.htm Wellcome Trust Press Release: Wellcome Trust researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  6. ^ http://www.crick.ac.uk/about-us/leadership/executive-team/
  7. ^ http://www.imanova.co.uk/about-us/our-team
  8. ^ http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/slms/slms-news/slms/rees
  9. ^ The Organization for Human Brain Mapping Young Investigator Award winners
  10. ^ Official Academy of Medical Sciences website
  11. ^ Medical Programme Board membership website
  12. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U245971 ‘REES, Prof. Geraint Ellis’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 (subscription required)
  13. ^ List of publications from Google Scholar
  14. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  15. ^ Fleming, S. M.; Weil, R. S.; Nagy, Z.; Dolan, R. J.; Rees, G. (2010). "Relating Introspective Accuracy to Individual Differences in Brain Structure". Science 329 (5998): 1541–1543. doi:10.1126/science.1191883. PMC 3173849. PMID 20847276.  edit
  16. ^ Haynes, J. D.; Deichmann, R.; Rees, G. (2005). "Eye-specific effects of binocular rivalry in the human lateral geniculate nucleus". Nature 438 (7067): 496–499. doi:10.1038/nature04169. PMC 1351280. PMID 16244649.  edit
  17. ^ Haynes, J. D.; Rees, G. (2006). "Decoding mental states from brain activity in humans". Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7 (7): 523–534. doi:10.1038/nrn1931. PMID 16791142.  edit
  18. ^ Lumer, E. D.; Friston, K.; Rees, G. (1998). "Neural Correlates of Perceptual Rivalry in the Human Brain". Science 280 (5371): 1930–1934. doi:10.1126/science.280.5371.1930. PMID 9632390.  edit
  19. ^ De Fockert, J. W.; Rees, G.; Frith, C.; Lavie, N. (2001). "The Role of Working Memory in Visual Selective Attention". Science 291 (5509): 1803–1806. doi:10.1126/science.1056496. PMID 11230699.  edit
  20. ^ Tsotsos, John K.; Laurent Itti; Geraint Rees (2005). Neurobiology of attention. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-375731-2. 
  21. ^ http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/aco/homepage