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Dr Lara Prisco graduated in Medicine in 2007 and trained in Anesthetics, Intensive Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2012 at the University of Trieste (Italy) starting off her research activities exploring traumatic brain injury outcome predictors and neurophysiology biomarkers of recovery of consciousness following brain injury.  

During her clinical training she spent an elective as Research Fellow at the Coma Science Group in Liège (Belgium), before moving to the UK in 2012 where she started working as Clinical Fellow in Intensive Care at the General Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital in London. 

She obtained the first Fellowship in Echocardiography in Critical Care at St.George's Hospital in 2012-2013 and lately subspecialized in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurointensive Care Medicine at both the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH London) and Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge). 

As a Clinical Lecturer at the University Departmen of Anaesthesia in Cambridge she took part in several large multi centre study such as CENTER-TBI (PIs David Menon and Andrew Maas) on the Neurosciences Critical Care.

In 2015 Dr Prisco was awarded the Levi-Montalcini Award for Biomedical Sciences from the European Society of Intensive Care. She has an ongoing collaboration with the Academic department as Visiting Researcher in Cambridge to explore Electroencephalographic biomarkers of impaired auto regulation in traumatic brain injured patients.

She also participated in several others highly competitive graduate programs related to Space Medicine (European Space Agency), Brain Plasticity (Neuroscience Department, Utrecht University), and International Bioethics (Harvard University).

Dr Prisco is also a collaborator in a series of reviews on technological advances in neurosurgery and neurocritical care with focus on traumatic brain injury (coordinator Mr Mario Ganau).

In 2013 she obtained a Master in Science in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Catholic University in Rome (Italy) and since May 2016 she works as Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital and has taken up the role of Research Lead in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care.

Since 2016 she has been collaborating with the Department of Engineering (Prof. Antoine Jerusalem) and the SME Lurtis Ltd (Dr. Jose Maria Peña) in the development of machine-learning based classifiers to predict long-term outcome in severe traumatic brain injury.

As Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the NDCN Dr Prisco is a part of the Anaesthesia Neuroimaging Group (Lead Dr Catherine Warnaby, WIN), exploring EEG/fMRI biomarkers of anaesthetic-induced unconsciousness.

Founder and Chair Elected of the NEXT Committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) from 2013 to 2016, she is the past Deputy Chairperson of the Neurointensive Care Section and former Research Committee member of ESICM.

Since October 2018 Dr Prisco is a part-time DPhil Student (PRS) in Clinical Neurosciences (supervisor Dr C. Warnaby).

Lara Prisco

Consultant Neuroanaesthetist and Neurointensivist

  • DPhil Student (PRS) and Senior Clinical Research Fellow, NDCN University of Oxford
  • Research Lead for Neurointensive Care, Oxford NeuroCritical Care Research, OUH NHS FT

Physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology of consciousness


Pembroke College

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