UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience

Head of Department: Professor Cathy Price

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging incorporates the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience and the Leopold Muller Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL). The prime scientific aim is to understand human brain function in health and disease. The focus is on the exploitation of neuroimaging modalities including fMRI, MEG and EEG. The work of the Centre is strongly concerned with developing models of neural function and how these models can provide a mechanistic understanding of the signal obtained using a diversity of imaging techniques. These aims involve a strong engagement with a diversity of Principal Investigators (PI’s) whose research interests span low level sensory processing through to high level cognition.

The department enjoys strong collaborations with other groups at UCL including the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU), the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN), and clinical colleagues at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN).

The department runs a number of courses on an annual basis. Currently, there is a biannual SPM course and a recently instituted course on MEG analytic techniques.

The work of the scientists within the department has received wide international recognition. Professor Ray Dolan was awarded the Max Planck Award in 2007, a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Ghent in 2010. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). Professor Karl Friston was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007. Professor Geraint Rees gave the Francis Crick Lecture in 2007 and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2010. Professor Eleanor Maguire received the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in 2008. Professor Cathy Price was awarded the Justine et Yves Sergent Award from the University of Montreal in 2008. Professor Jon Driver was awarded a Royal Society Professorship in 2010. In terms of international impact of its research, Ray Dolan and Karl Friston are in the top 5 most cited scientists in the world in the field of neuroscience and behaviour.

The Department provides mentorship to a wide range of young scientists both clinical and basic. This mentorship entails fellowships from UK research councils, such as the MRC, and charities such as the Wellcome Trust. The Department is actively engaged in doctoral training programmes and attracts a wide range of students from UCL programmes funded by the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Brain Research Trust.

Impact case study (from the UCL Impact website)

Statistical Parametric Mapping