Geraint Rees

prof geraint rees

  • Prof
  • Geraint
  • Ellis
  • Rees
  • Prof Geraint Rees
  • Tel: 020 7679 5496
  • Ex: 25496
  • Fax: 020 7813 1420
  • Website
  • 2003-02-01
  • 710
  • 17 Queen Square
  • London
  • WC1N 3AR
Joined UCL
  • 2003-02-01

Research Summary

Work in the laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying human consciousness in health and disease. At present we focus primarily 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, we are interested in all the major modalities and work in the laboratory also studies the auditory and somatosensory systems. We mainly use functional MRI at high field, in combination with behavioral studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG/MEG
Research Activities
  • 1536
  • Neural basis of human consciousness and higher cognitive function

Academic Background

  • Award Year
  • 1999
    Master of Arts
    University of Cambridge
  • 1999
    Doctor of Philosophy
    University College London
  • 1994
    Member of the Royal College of Physicians
    Royal College of Physicians
  • 1991
    MB BCh
    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
    University of Oxford
  • 1988
    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Cambridge


I am Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, and lead a research group investigating the neural basis of human consciousness at the internationally renowned Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. My work has resulted in over 125 publications (including one in Nature, seven in Science, nine in Nature Neuroscience plus two definitive reviews in Nature Reviews Neuroscience). I have received over £2m in grant funding in the last five years and have been awarded the Young Investigator Medal of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (2003), the Royal Society Francis Crick Medal (2007) and the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (2007). I have an active and enthusiastic public engagement profile and a major interest in the development of clinical academic training in the UK with both local and national responsibilities. At UCL/UCLH I direct clinical academic education and training at the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

Additional Information
  • Brain
  • Brain imaging
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive
  • Consciousness
  • Decoding Consciousness
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Eye movement recording
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Neocortex
  • Neural Circuits/Networks
  • Neuroimaging Psychophysics
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Psychophysics
  • Statistics
  • Stroke
  • TMS
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Vision
  • Vision Research at UCL
  • Visual perception
  • binocular rivalry
  • fMRI