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Univ Virtual Book Club 4

Univ Virtual Book Club 4Thursday, 25 February 2021, 7pm

Professor Peter Jezzard, Vice Master and Professorial Fellow, and Herbert Dunhill Professor of Neuroimaging, proposed The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks for February’s Book Club.

We are pleased to invite you to the fourth meeting of the Univ Virtual Book Club for Old Members and Friends of the College. One of the College’s Fellows will propose an insightful read designed to encourage an exciting discussion. Members will have time to delve into the book before convening virtually for a roundtable discussion, facilitated by the same Fellow.

For the February book club Professor Peter Jezzard chose The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, which was published in 1985 and consists of a series of case histories about some of Dr Sacks’ patients. They have a range of neurological conditions and each chapter of the book describes the patient’s case and the brain function that is impaired. It gives a fascinating insight into the complexity of the brain, and the surprising ways that damage to, or developmental disorders of, the brain can manifest.

Peter bought the book as an undergraduate student in physics in 1986, and it helped interest him in (amateur) neuroscience. Indirectly this led to him becoming involved in using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help better understand the healthy and diseased brain. Indeed, Peter was lucky enough to work as a post-doc at the US National Institutes of Health during the period that functional MRI was first developed and applied, and has since worked alongside (proper) neuroscientists on using functional MRI to study brain function.

The book is available from Blackwell’s, Waterstones or Amazon.

Please click here to register for the virtual discussion on 25 February. As we would like to encourage interaction, this event is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Univ Virtual Book Club.

Professor Peter Jezzard is Vice Master and Professorial Fellow of Univ, Herbert Dunhill Professor of Neuroimaging and co-head of the MRI Physics Group of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging in Oxford.

Professor Jezzard trained as a physicist and then subsequently worked on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for his PhD studies. Since completing his PhD, he spent over two decades working on the development of MRI methodology and its application to biomedicine, firstly at the National Institutes of Health (USA), and since 1998 in Oxford. His focus is on the development of techniques to achieve quantitative functional and physiological measurements in the human brain, with a recent emphasis on applications in neurovascular disease.

He is currently involved in a COVID-19 multi-organ imaging project that will seek to study the acute and longer-term effects of COVID-19 on the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and brain.

Read more about Professor Jezzard on the College website here.

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