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Mr. Richard Fu, Academic Clinical Fellow

Richard obtained his medical degree from the University of Bristol in 2009. After gaining membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2012, he undertook a Master of Research (MRes) in Experimental Neuroscience at Imperial College London, where he graduated with Distinction in 2013. He attained distinctions for all three of his MRes research project dissertations which encompassed the study of: 1) crossmodal oculomotor processes during auditory attention (Dr Robert Leech), 2) the modulatory effects of dopamine agonists and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on visual motion perception (Dr Barry Seemungal) and 3) the effect of pedunculopontine nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) on freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease (Prof. Dipankar Nandi). For the lattermost, he was awarded the prestigious 2017 Sir Hugh Cairns Prize from the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, in recognition of research undertaken by neurosurgery registrars in training within the United Kingdom.

 
In March 2016 he was awarded a competitive National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship in Neurosurgery, which aims to support the development of aspiring academic neurosurgeons. In August 2017, he joined the Nanomedicine Lab. He is determined to explore ways in which nanotechnology can be harnessed to improve clinical outcomes for neurosurgery patients. He is particularly passionate about exploring the unique potential of graphene based neural interfaces, and researching much needed novel alternative therapies for the treatment of highly aggressive brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).