UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2017 presented to Dr. Thomas Blacker

by Stefanie Rudrich
Marketing Manager (Brain Products)

On May 3, 2018 the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2017” was presented to Dr. Thomas Blacker at a seminar given by Dr. Jeff Duyn (NIH/NINDS) at the University College London’s (UCL) Center for Neuroimaging Techniques (CNT).

Logo UCLThe award, which was now presented for the 10th time, aims to reward an exceptional contribution by a UCL student or staff member in the early stages of their career in the field of Neuroimaging. The awardee receives a trophy, a certificate (signed by UCL President and Provost, Prof. Michael Arthur, and UCL-CNT chair, Prof. Louis Lemieux) as well as a cheque for £1000 – all of which sponsored by Brain Products and Brain Products UK.

This year’s winner, Dr. Tom Blacker, is a BBSRC funded postdoctoral researcher working in Prof. Michael Duchen’s lab (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology) in a collaboration with Dr. Angus Bain in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Tom has been with the Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX) at UCL for around 10 years now and completed his PhD (“Monitoring cell metabolism with NAD(P)H fluorescence lifetime imaging“) in 2013. He was elected as winner of the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2017”, because of his achievements identifying the underlying biochemical mechanisms that define changes in the fluorescence lifetime signal generated by NADH and NADPH in response to pulsatile excitation –  as opposed to more familiar, classical intensity measurements.

On behalf of the whole Brain Products and Brain Products UK team, congratulations Tom on winning this UCL-CNT award. We will for sure continue to follow your research and wish you all the best for your future!

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* This year 9 excellent nominations were received; the winner was determined though voting by the UCL CNT’s executive committee members and one external voter. Each voter was asked to rank the candidates based on standardised statements written by their proposers, and the winner was elected using the single transferrable vote system.