Sources of Funding
- Medical Research Council
- British Medical Association
- John Fell Fund
- Medical Research Fund
- HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
D.Phil PROJECTS / RESEARCH PLACEMENTS
Thank you for your interest in our research group. All our D.Phil project positions are currently filled.
Sadly we are unable to offer research internships, shadowing, or other work experience placements due to limited space.
MA (Oxon), D.Phil
Research Fellow, FMRIB Centre, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging
- University Research Lecturer
- Awake Intraoperative Neurosurgery Technician, OUH
Our translational research uses non-invasive brain imaging measures to understand how chronic disease, particularly drug-resistant epilepsy and tumours, affects how the brain represents and processes information relevant to memory and other cognitive functions.
Focused on understanding mechanisms driving brain plasticity and behaviour, our research ultimately aims to improve individual patient management by identifying specific brain patterns predictive of clinical outcome after brain surgery. Accordingly, our multidisciplinary research, based at the FMRIB Centre, is conducted in close collaboration with both the Oxford Epilepsy Surgery Programme and Oncology neurosurgical service as well as neuroscientists at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity.
Additional translational interests include the effects of head trauma on the brain's structural and functional networks, a project spearheaded by one of my D.Phil students, consultant neurosurgeon Tim Lawrence.
I am a Research Fellow at the FMRIB Centre (now part of the new Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging) setting up a dedicated translational imaging group applied to neurosurgical problems, particularly temporal lobe epilepsy and brain tumours.
I studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford (1999-2002) before completing a D.Phil at the FMRIB Centre (2002-2005) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Matthews focused on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Following a post-doctoral position with Prof. Tipu Aziz’s Deep Brain Stimulation research group, I spent 3 years as imaging scientist at the GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Imaging Centre (now Imanova), assessing the sensitivity of multi-modal neuroimaging measures as early markers of efficacy for drugs targeting memory impairment among others. In 2009, I moved to the MNI to work in the NeuroImaging of Epilepsy laboratory before returning to the Oxford FMRIB Centre on a MRC Fellowship later that year.
Resting connectivity predicts task activation in pre-surgical populations.
Parker Jones O. et al, (2017), Neuroimage clin, 13, 378 - 385
Thalamo-Cortical Disruption Contributes to Short-Term Memory Deficits in Patients with Medial Temporal Lobe Damage.
Voets NL. et al, (2015), Cereb cortex, 25, 4584 - 4595
Aberrant functional connectivity in dissociable hippocampal networks is associated with deficits in memory.
Voets NL. et al, (2014), J neurosci, 34, 4920 - 4928
Structural substrates for resting network disruption in temporal lobe epilepsy.
Voets NL. et al, (2012), Brain, 135, 2350 - 2357
Brain white matter fibre tracts: a review of functional neuro-oncological relevance.
Voets NL. et al, (2017), J neurol neurosurg psychiatry, 88, 1017 - 1025
Binding deficits in visual short-term memory in patients with temporal lobe lobectomy.
Zokaei N. et al, (2018), Hippocampus
Cognition based bTBI mechanistic criteria; a tool for preventive and therapeutic innovations.
Garcia-Gonzalez D. et al, (2018), Sci rep, 8
Endoscopy in Temporal lobe Glioma and Metastasis resection: Is there a Role?
Ma R. et al, (2018), World neurosurg
Metabolite-cycled density-weighted concentric rings k-space trajectory (DW-CRT) enables high-resolution 1 H magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging at 3-Tesla.
Steel A. et al, (2018), Sci rep, 8
A comparison of 2-hydroxyglutarate detection at 3 and 7 T with long-TE semi-LASER.
Berrington A. et al, (2018), Nmr biomed, 31
Hippocampal Functional Dynamics Are Clinically Implicated in Autoimmune Encephalitis With Faciobrachial Dystonic Seizures.
Nantes JC. et al, (2018), Front neurol, 9