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


2019 win ambassadors



Ioana Grigoras is a first year PhD student in Clinical Neurosciences investigating the mechanisms underlying motor learning and how they can be modulated to facilitate motor rehabilitation in stroke survivors. She has contributed to several public engagement events and she is particularly interested in showing school children that science can be a lot of fun and encouraging them to pursue a scientific career.


Michael Sanders is a Lead Research Radiographer who has worked in medical imaging for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in MRI but also worked in the medical device and clinical trial industries before taking up his current post. He enjoys teaching and presenting on medical imaging and has participated in numerous public engagement activities. He is passionate about encouraging people to see opportunities within the broader definition of science that may not otherwise have occurred to them.


Sophie Schauman is a PhD student in the physics group and is interested in advanced image acquisition and reconstruction methods. Her work revolves around new, faster, and more robust methods to image blood flow in the brain. She wants to promote curiosity towards science and engineering in the general public and to foster trust in science and scientists. 


Aislin Sheldon is a DPhil student in Clinical Neuroscience focusing on vision. As the majority of visual processing occurs in the brain, her research focuses on what happens to the visual cortex after blindness from inherited retinal degeneration. This research aims to help inform future therapies for these conditions. Aislin is interested in creating fun activities for all ages with a specific emphasis on encouraging those with a restricted access to science. 


Tom Smejka is a research assistant in 'Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation'. His main area of research is in stroke, investigating the link between sleep and recovery after brain injury. Tom has been involved in a number of public engagement events in the past with a particular interest in designing workshops that help to debunk common myths about the brain.


Nadescha Trudel is a neuroscience PhD student with interest in social decision making and learning in the human brain. She combines mathematical models and neuroimaging to understand how humans make decisions, in particular when they are faced with uncertainty about the outcomes of their choices. In the past, she acted as the chair of a Psychology and Neuroscience Society (PsyNApps) and was also involved in a variety of public engagement activities with children and adults. She is interested in promoting transparency of science and thereby highlighting the importance and its applications to everyone's life.