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Public engagement ambassadors 2018

We have appointed six Public Engagement Ambassadors to lead and develop public engagement activities in the lab.

In 2017, we launched our Public Engagement Ambassador scheme and invited WIN students and staff to apply. We were delighted with a very strong response to the scheme and are happy to announce the second cohort of ambassadors.

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Melis Anatürk is a PhD student in Psychiatry. Her research focuses on socially and mentally engaging activities and how these relate to the ageing brain. She particularly enjoys discussing the ways in which our lifestyle may help us to age healthily, with both children and adults. 

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Alon Baram is a computational neuroscience PhD student. He combines mathematical models with brain imaging to study the biology that underlies human behaviour. In particular he is interested in understanding how the brain constructs mental maps from abstract information, and uses these maps in decision-making. 

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Amy Howard is a PhD student interested in how we image the white matter connectivity of the brain using a technique called diffusion MRI. In particular, her work looks to combine diffusion MRI with microscopy, which provides information on the 'true' structure of the brain. With a background in physics, Amy always enjoys finding new areas of science to explore. By working with the wider community Amy hopes to focus on encouraging and celebrating women in science.

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David Parker is a MRI research radiographer with WIN.  With a background in Neuropsychology he then studied Diagnostic Radiography to pursue an interest in brain imaging.  Having trained in the NHS and taken a graduate post in the private sector David has a range of clinical experience that he brings to his research role.  David’s job includes scanning participants and helping to maintain safety at WIN.

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Davide Folloni is a neuroscience PhD students with interests spreading from human brain evolution to understanding which are the neural mechanisms underlying learning and decision-making. He has a previous background in clinical psychology which led him, over the past years, to become actively involved in several public engagement events targeting adults, adolescents and patients. He is particularly interest in promoting active curiosity towards science in the general public.

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Thomas Wassenaar is a PhD student investigating the links between physical activity, cognition and the brain in children. He has been involved in various public engagement events and enjoys talking about research with people of all ages, particularly about the effects of various lifestyle factors on the brain.