Dr Rebeccah Slater is an Associate Professor of Paediatric Neuroimaging and a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow based at the University of Oxford. Rebeccah is a Fellow of Green Templeton College and holds an honorary academic position at University College London.
She studied Physics (BSc) at Imperial College and Neuroscience (MSc) at UCL and in 2007 she was awarded a PhD for her work investigating the development of pain processing in the human infant brain.
Dr Slater published the first observations that the newborn infant brain is functionally activated by noxious stimulation and went on to characterise these responses so they could be used to test the efficacy of analgesics in newborn infants.
She has published numerous research articles about infant pain in journals such as The Lancet and PLoS Medicine. Dr Slater has been passionately involved in communicating science to the public. She regularly speaks to journalists about her work and has taken part in numerous scientific discussions on TV and radio, including BBC Radio 4, The BBC World Service and Horizon.
Dr Slater, an Affiliate Member of the London Pain Consortium, continues her research at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) to improve our understanding of the measurement and treatment of infant pain.