Anujan Poologaindran

Department of Psychiatry

Each year over 5000 people die in the UK from cancerous brain tumours. While neurosurgery improves survival, patients have unpredictable post-operative trajectories including impairments to speech, memory, and attention that diminish quality of life. In order to mitigate these issues, I use brain mapping and network science to track how the brain reorganises after tumour removal. Through this process, I discovered that early rehabilitation of cognitive processes is critical for full recovery and that we can distinguish individuals requiring more intensive rehabilitation early in their post-operative care. To advance this discovery with industry collaboration, we are now piloting brain stimulation technology to accelerate how the brain reorganises following surgery; this strategy is applicable to many other conditions, including traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

Other 2021 award winners

Karsten Bach

Lydia Collas

Benjamin Droguet

Tiarnan Doherty

Zhaozhi Qian

Andrew Russell

Pedro Vianez

Léa Wenger

Michael Whitehead

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