• Director, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
• Head of Service of Neurology, CHUV University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland
Formerly he served as Foundation Professor of Cognitive Neurology at University College London (UCL), Director of the Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, Wellcome Trust Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Vice-Provost of UCL after a period as Dean-Director of its Institute of Neurology. He founded the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience and its Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL) in 1994.
Professor Frackowiak was President of the British Neuroscience Association (2004-2007), and is a member of numerous international academies and societies.
He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Neurology and is former Co-Editor-in-Chief, NeuroImage: a Journal of Brain Function (1996-2003) and deputy Chief Editor, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (1992-2002).
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Recognition for his contribution to the field includes:
• Klaus Joachim Zulch Prize (jointly with N Logothetis) from the Max Planck Society and Gertrude Reemtsma Foundation citing 'broad influence on the field of neuroimaging' (2004)
• Ipsen Prize for neuroplasticity (jointly with M Merzenich and A Damasio) from the Fondation Ipsen citing 'studies on the organisation of cortical maps and their plasticity' (1997)
• Wilhelm Feldberg Prize awarded by the Feldberg Foundation in recognition of British-German scientific collaboration (1996)
• Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London (1994)
My research interest has been the functional and structural architecture of the human brain in health and disease. I have pioneered the development and introduction of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and prosecuted a research programme dedicated to understanding the organisation of human brain functions, but my focus has been on plasticity and mechanisms for functional recuperation after brain injury and the patho-physiology of cerebral neurodegenerations. I have become interested in the use of MR-based morphometry especially in the study of genetic influences on brain disease and in a search for biomarkers and endophenotypes of neurodegenerative disorders. Most recently I have introduced computerised image classification for diagnosis and treatment monitoring into clinical science.
In the role of Head of Faculty, Richard Frackowiak oversees the Neurological Disorders Faculty, including advising on the division of the discipline into the major subject areas or 'Sections' and the nomination of Section Heads for each subject area.
The Faculty comprises Heads of Faculty, Heads of Section, Faculty Members and Associate Faculty Members, as well as an International Advisory Board.
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