Geraint Rees

prof geraint rees

  • Prof
  • Geraint
  • Ellis
  • Rees
  • Prof Geraint Rees
  • Tel: 020 7679 5496
  • Ex: 40883
  • Fax: 020 7813 1420
  • Website
  • 2003-02-01
  • 710
  • 17 Queen Square
  • London
  • WC1N 3AR
Joined UCL
  • 2003-02-01

Research Summary

Work in my research group 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 Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. From 2009-2014 I was Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and from 2011-2014 Deputy Head of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. I lead a research group investigating the neural basis of human consciousness based at the ICN and the internationally renowned Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.  Passionate about academic and clinical academic training, I set up and currently direct the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences Academic Careers Office. The ACO provides strategic leadership for the biomedical training portfolio at UCL and talent management to investigators and students across the School of Life and Medical Sciences. I have a number of externally facing roles for UCL. I am a member of the Francis Crick Institute Executive Team and the Board of Directors of Imanova. My work has been recognised by award of the Royal Society Francis Crick medal and election to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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
  • SGGET11
  • dr spas getov
  • RLAWS68
  • dr rebecca lawson
  • MALLE61
  • mr micah allen