Division of Anaesthesia

School of Clinical Medicine


Prof David Menon

Head of Division

David Menon is Professor and Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, Principal Investigator in the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, and Co-Chair of the Acute Brain Injury Programme at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 he was re-appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator as one of the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers.DKM

He trained in Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Jawaharlal Institute in India, Leeds General Infirmary, The Royal Free Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital, and was an MRC Research Fellow at the Hammersmith Hospital prior to coming to Cambridge.

In 2006 he was appointed to the British Oxygen Professorship at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He is Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the European Brain Injury Consortium, is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Professorial Fellow in the Medical Sciences at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

He was the first Director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where he established the first recognised training programme for specialist neurocritical care in the UK. Protocols developed in the Addenbrooke’s NCCU have been shown to improve clinical outcome in severe head injury and rationalise the management of acute intracranial haemorrhage.

Professor Menon’s research interests include neurocritical care, secondary brain injury, neuroinflammation, and metabolic imaging of acute brain injury. He has also published on the physiology of coma and the vegetative state, and on mechanisms of anaesthetic action in the brain. In recent years he has represented the UK intensive care community in discussions regarding the impact of evolving legislative changes on research in critical care and emergency medicine. Click here for a list of his publications.

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Dr Ram AdapaRam 2

Consultant Anaesthetist

Consciousness and Cognition

Ram is a consultant anaesthetist, and is interested in the neurobiology of consciousness and sedation.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 217890


Dr Tom Bashford

Academic Clinical FellowTom Bashford

Tom is an academic clinical fellow and SpR in Anaesthesia. His research interests are in patient safety and the delivery of anaesthesia in resource-poor settings, following work with VSO (www.vso.org.uk) in Ethiopia.  He is a member of the Education Board of Lifebox (www.lifebox.org) and also holds an honorary clinical research fellowship at University College Hospital, London where he works with the Centre for Space Medicine.

Email: tb508@cam.ac.uk


Dr Steven Bishopsteven

Academic Clinical Fellow

Steven is an academic clinical fellow and SpR in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.  His research interests are in computational critical care physiology.

Email: smb50@cam.ac.uk


Ellen Carroll

Research Assistantellen

Ellen is a Research Assistant working on a study that explores outcomes of people with mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury through neuropsychological and cognitive assessments and MRI scans.  She has just finished a PhD investigating the cognitive bases of fluid intelligence.

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Mrs Dot Chatfield

Clinical Research Nurse

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Dot has worked in the field of research for over ten years, having previously worked in intensive care and renal medicine. She currently co-ordinates the Acute Brain Injury Research Team which is funded by a five year MRC grant. She is particular interested in the long-term neurocognitive deficits of head injury and the effect this has not only on the patients but also their families. Dot is well published and is keen to encourage other nurses to publish work undertaken whilst studying for higher degrees.

Dot is currently working part time.


Dr Jon Coles

University Lecturer and Consultant Anaesthetist

Acute Brain Injury

Jon is a Cambridge University Lecturer. He qualified at Leicester University and trained in Anaesthesiajon and tomA_edited and Intensive Care Medicine in Leicester, Norwich and Cambridge. As a clinician specialising within Neurointensive care and Neuroanaesthesia his research interests are focused on describing the pathophysiology of various forms of brain injury and optimising patient outcome. Using the combined facilities of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre and Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital patients undergo structural and functional imaging studies using positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. He has used such imaging tools to define the incidence, temporal evolution and impact on outcome of cerebral ischaemia following head injury. He has quantified the impact of clinical interventions aimed at controlling intracranial pressure such as hyperventilation and elevation of cerebral perfusion pressure. His current studies are aimed at describing the mechanisms and temporal pattern of neuronal loss following head injury. Such knowledge could lead to changes in patient care, and hopefully better functional outcomes for patients.


Ms Charlie Dorer


Charlie is a senior physiotherapist with an interest in rehabilitation after TBI working in the community. She has specialised in neuro physiotherapy for over 13 years and is currently working for Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust and has just completed an MPhil.

Email: cd451@cam.ac.uk


Dr Ari Ercole

Lecturer and Consultant Anaesthetist

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Ari became an anaesthetist after completing a PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge. He divides his time between clinical anaesthesia, teaching and research. His clinical interest is in resuscitation and trauma. He has a particular research focus on applications of systems biology in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia. He is particularly interested in measurement and modelling cerebral perfusion, oxygenation and metabolism after traumatic brain injury.


Tel: +44 (0)1223 586742

Faye Forsyth

CENTER TBI Co- Cordinator/Research NurseFaye - photo for website

Acute Brain Injury

Faye joined the Division of Anaesthesia in April 2014 to help set-up and co-ordinate the CENTER-TBI study in Cambridge. She has been a research nurse since 2010 and worked on various studies in Cambridge and London.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 274446

Email: fc349@cam.ac.uk


Dr Richard Haddon

Academic Clinical Fellowimage1

Richard is an academic clinical fellow and ST (SpR) in Anaesthesia. His research interest is the neurobiology of consciousness.




Dr. Jatinder Juss   

Specialist Registrar in Respiratory and Internal Medicine (Respiratory Medicine Group, Department of Medicine)jatinder juss

Jatinder completed both her Medical degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge.  Her principal research interest is to understand the precise molecular signalling mechanisms underlying neutrophil  (PMN) dysregulation in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). She is specifically assessing the role of phosphoinositide 3 kinases (PI3K) in PMN apoptosis and mediating key PMN effector functions. There is emerging evidence for the existence of functionally distinct PMN subpopulations with pro- or anti-inflammatory properties. She is developing methodologies to consistently identify/isolate PMN subtypes in order to delineate their precise functional capacity and define the downstream effector pathways regulating these functions. These studies will inform our understanding of the role of PMN subtypes in innate and adaptive immunity and aid development of novel therapeutic strategies designed to limit the extent and duration of  neutrophil-dominated inflammation without compromising host immunity.

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Dr Laura Moreno Lopez

Post Doctorial Fellowlaura2

Laura completed her PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) which focused on the application of brain imaging to the study of substance dependence. Her PhD included internships in Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge (UK), Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York (USA) and Department of Psychiatry,University of San Diego (USA). She now works on a project aimed to study the neural substrates of obesity. Her current research interests are in functional and structural connectivity analyses (both for task and resting state fMRI) in TBI patients and adolescents with obesity.

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Mrs Anne Manktelow

Research Assistant


Anne is a Research Assistant working with patients recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The studies that she is working on include outcome research which follows up patients using MRI scanning and neurocognitive testing as well as investigating the effects of cognitive enhancers on patients with cognitive deficits post head injury.

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Mrs Jane Millerjane

Divison Administrator

Jane has worked for Division of Anaesthesia since February 2005. Her previous background is in the dual areas of HR and Communications at Plc level in a large and local privatised water company. She is responsible for all adminstration in Anaesthesia.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 217889  jm540@cam.ac.uk


Dr Virginia Newcombe

Health Foundation/Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist Fellow

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Virginia completed her PhD in neuroimaging and traumatic brain injury in 2009. Her research interests include using imaging as a biomarker for prognosis, the trajectory of traumatic brain injury and outcomes after critical illness. With projects based in the Emergency Department and Neurosciences Critical Care Unit her research encompasses the entire spectrum of TBI from mild to severe. She divides her time between research and clinical training in intensive care and emergency medicine.


Mrs Joanne Outtrim

Lead Research Nurse

Acute Brain Injury

Joanne co-ordinates the research projects within the Division of Anaesthesia.

Email: Joanne Outtrim


Dr Lara Prisco

Clinical Fellow and Locum Clinical Lecturer  PRISCO_Lara

Acute Brain Injury

Lara currently divides her time between her clinical and research activities in Anaesthesia and Neurosciences Critical Care as Clinical Fellow and Locum Clinical Lecturer. Her main research interest focuses on the study of the neural correlates of emergence from coma in acutely brain damaged patients through behavioural assessment, fEEG and neuroimaging analysis.

She also represents the European junior doctors in Intensive Care as Chair of the NEXT Committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 586742

Surgeon Commander Jane RisdallJane R.

Jane is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in the Royal Navy and one of the foundation Senior Lecturers in Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham. Her sub-specialist interest is neuro-anaesthesia and critical care. She is currently undertaking an MD at Cambridge studying blast brain injury. (Joint project with Dstl Porton Down).

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 586742


Joanna Simpson

Research Fellow and SPR in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine

Joanna is a Research Fellow and SPR in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.  She is interested in acute severe traumatic brain injury, progression of TBI and clinical outcomes.  She is helping to organise the SMART Course.

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Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis

Research Fellow

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Emmanuel completed his Ph.D. at the University of Dundee, Scotland where he developed image processing algorithms for the interpretation of medical images. He started working in the area of neuroimaging at the Department of Psychology, Stirling University, where he investigated the automated detection of perfusion deficits on SPECT scans of head injured and stroke patients. He then moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge in 2001 to work on a variety of neuroimaging projects in the context of establishing the neuronal substrate of language function utilising multimodal neuroimaging techniques (structural fMRI, fMRI, DTI, connectivity fMRI) working with both healthy volunteers and patients.

He started his current post (Stephen Erskine Fellow at Queens' College, Cambridge) in March 2008. Emmanuel's current research interests are in functional and structural connectivity analyses (both for task and resting state fMRI) as means to investigating organisation and reorganisation/plasticity in the human brain.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 217890


Dr Charlotte Summers

Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care Medicine

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Charlotte undertook specialist training in respiratory (Cambridge) and Intensive Care Medicine (London), during which time she undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge which studied the pulmonary transit kinetics of human neutrophils.  Since finishing her clinical training, Charlotte has divided her time between her research into the cell biology of acute respiratory distress syndrome and clinical work (the John V Farman ICU) at Addenbrooke's.  She is currently spending time at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as part of a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship and returns to the UK in summer 2015.

Email: cs493@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 586742


Deniz Vatansever

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Deniz completed his neuroscience training at Trinity College, CT, USA (BSc) and Imperial College London (MSc). He spent a year as a visiting researcher at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre (MRC CSC), Imperial College London where he focused on fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He is currently doing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. His project involves investigating the resting state brain networks in healthy controls and traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients through functional MRI.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 217892


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