Event Start Date: 08 March 2024 17:30

Location: Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

Join us on March 8th 2024 as Professor Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, delivers Somerville College’s annual Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture.

2024 marks 60 years since the renowned crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin won her Nobel Prize for Science, becoming the only British woman ever to do so. We could not be more proud than to welcome the University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Irene Tracey, as our speaker on this special occasion, which also coincides with International Women’s Day and the Somerville College Foundation Day.

Prof Tracey will give her lecture on ‘Seeing Pain: A Window on the Human Brain through Neuroimaging’. 

Please note, this event is now at capacity. However, the event will be recorded and a livestream will be made available shortly afterwards on the Somerville College YouTube page.

Irene Tracey Biography

Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey CBE FRS FMedSci, was Warden of Merton College from 2019-22 and is also Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, a department she led for several years.

She is currently President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

Professor Tracey’s research on the neuroscience of pain has contributed to a better understanding of pain perception and its relief in the human brain. She has also used neuroimaging to better understand anaesthesia-induced altered states of consciousness

Professor Tracey completed her undergraduate degree and doctorate at Merton College, Oxford, in biochemistry.

Professor Tracey held a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School, working at the Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging, before returning to Oxford in 1997, when she became a founding member and then Director for ten years of the world-leading institution now known as the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging. She has won many academic and international prizes throughout her career, most recently election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Professor Tracey is married to Professor Myles Allen and they have three children.

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