Dr Irene Tracey, current President of FENS, is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, where she also teaches Anaesthetic Neuroscience.
After her undergraduate and graduate studies at Oxford, she held a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School applying magnetic spectroscopy techniques to understand AIDS Dementia Complex.
She later returned to Oxford, where she was co-founder of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB), later renamed the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.
In the following years, she continued her career at Oxford, where she became Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Warden of Merton College, and Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Tracey’s research focuses on investigating how key regions of the human brain give rise to pain and establish more reliable ways of quantifying what has always been considered a highly subjective experience.