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Jessica Scaife

BSc (Hons) PhD PGCE

Postdoctoral Researcher

During my career I have gained experience in a range of techniques to investigate brain function in both patient populations and controls.

 I am currently working in Prof Paul Harrison and Dr Elizabeth Tunbridge's Translational Neuroscience group, investigating the impact of COMT inhibition on emotional processing, reward and stress and its modulation by genotype

I have an honours degree in neuroscience and a PhD in psychopharmacology from Nottingham Univeristy. My doctoral research examined the effects of benzodiazepines on conditioned learning and fear potentiation of evoked responses. 

During my first postdoctoral position in Dora Duka's lab at Sussex University, I investigated the effects of alcohol on cognition and emotional processing using fMRI and a battery of cognitive tasks.

I then came to Oxford to work with Dr Rebecca Park, investigating the neurobiological basis of Anorexia Nervosa in a currently-ill and recovered population. We hope to uncover the neural and behavioural correlates of aberrant reward and habit formation in Anorexia Nervosa. I was also involved in a study with Prof Tipu Aziz, piloting Deep Brain Stimulation for severe AN.

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