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neurosurgery | connectomics

| evidence based medicine

2004: BSc (Hons), University of Edinburgh

2006: MBChB, University of Edinburgh

2009: Neurosurgery training, Cambridge

2012: Cochrane neuro-oncology co-ordinating editor

2014: Associate of the Higher Education Authority

2018: PhD in connectomics, University of Cambridge

2018: Chief Resident (Neurosurgery), Cambridge

"BBC documentary 'Inside Out' on awake brain surgery, including our research group and CAESAR project "

BBC, October 2018

"Anujan Poologaindran joins the team as part his PhD based at the University of Cambridge and the Alan Turing Institute"

ATI, September 2018

"Gates Scholarship for Ayan Mandal, working on CAESAR"

Gates, September 2018

"Guarantors of Brain Fellowship for Dr Rafael Romero-Garcia, working on CAESAR"

GoB, May 2017

"Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) student award"

CSAR, March 2017

"Connectomics And Electrical Stimulation for Augmenting Resection (CAESAR)" study funded

The Brain Tumour Charity, April 2016

Cambridge Neuroscience Poster Prize

Imaging the Nervous System, September 2015

Global effects of focal brain lesions on functional complexity and network robustness: a prospective cohort study

Neurosurgery, August 2018

Magnetic resonance perfusion for differentiating low-grade from high-grade gliomas at first presentation

Cochrane Library, January 2018

Intraoperative imaging technology to maximise extent of resection for glioma

Cochrane Library, January 2018

Advanced magnetic resonance imaging and neuropsychological assessment for detecting brain injury in a prospective cohort of university amateur boxers

NeuroImage Clinical, May 2017

Resting state networks for pre-operative brain mapping in neurosurgery

Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2016

Connectomics for pre-operative brain mapping in neurosurgery

British Journal of Neurosurgery, July 2016

Graph theory analysis of complex brain networks

Journal of Neurosurgery, November 2015

Sport is good for your body, but what about your brain?

Cambridge Science Festival, March 2017

Sir Hugh Cairns essay prize talk

SBNS Newcastle, April 2016

Cambridge Neuroscience Society talk

Cambridge, March 2016

DBS electrode localisation

ESSFN, Edinburgh, September 2018

Developmental response to brain injury

SfN, San Diego, November 2016

Development & ICA network plasticity

RSBC, Vienna, September 2016

I made this up so my kids could keep track of where I was at all these conferences. Also a really cool example of just how awesome (and easy) d3.js can be.

I commenced neurosurgery training in Cambridge in 2009. Subsequently I have taken 3 years out of the standard 8 year training programme for a PhD, resulting in an expected completion date of 2020. During my time in Cambridge I have taken an active role in teaching, rota management, audit, and (of course) clinical neurosurgery. Here are some links to my training in Cambridge:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cambridge Neurosurgery Handbook
  • NeuroImaging Tutorials
  • I am also interested in training, learning, and case progression. Here I've tried to show how one can explore their surgical logbook to look for trends and development in their operative experience. Note: data is randomised and not real patient data. However, I made a simple matlab script to generate the above from ones own elogbook data (just contact me if you want it). Many thanks to Mike Bostocks D3.js and Ian YF Chang's 'heatmap' for inspiring this work.

  • interactive matrix logbook
  • I began a PhD on Functional brain mapping and connectome analysis in neurosurgery in February 2014 under the supervision of Professor John Suckling (Director of Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge).

    Here's a recent review paper of mine on introducing the connectome to neurosurgery:

    For more information see:

  • Cambridge Neuroscience
  • ResearchGate
  • NeuroImaging Tutorials
  • I was appointed as joint inaugural Cochrane neuro-oncology co-ordinating editor in 2012. Following and prior to this I have been an enthusiast of evidence based medicine and advocate for better scientific practice underlying clinical care. Currently we are expanding the Cochrane remit to not just include reviews of randomized trials but also more broadly synthesizing evidence, including diagnostic test accuracy, prognostic factors, and treatment network analyses.

    For more information see:

  • Cochrane neuro-oncology homepage
  • EANO article on Cochrane neuro-oncology
  • Cochrane reviews on neuro-oncology