Professor Irene Tracey CBE FMedSci made an Honorary Fellow

Professor Irene Tracey CBE FMedSci has been made an Honorary Fellow of Merton College. Professor Tracey is a former Warden of Merton College, Oxford, her alma mater. As of 1 January 2023 she is Vice Chancellor at the University of Oxford. She is also Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Irene did her undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Sir George Radda. Her research focused on the early use of magnetic resonance imaging methods to study disease mechanisms in humans. She then held a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School working at the MGH-NMR (now Martinos) imaging centre.

In 2008 Irene was awarded the triennial Patrick Wall Medal from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and in 2009 was made an FRCA for her contributions to the discipline. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2017 won the Feldberg Foundation Prize, followed in 2018 by the British Neuroscience Association’s Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience award. In 2022 she received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from His Majesty King Charles for services to Medical Research.