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Charlotte Stagg

BSc, MB ChB (Bristol); DPhil (Oxf)

Charlotte (Charlie) Stagg was born and grew up in Surrey. She read physiology and medicine in Bristol, graduating with pre-clinical and clinical honours and the Physiological Society prize. She did her house jobs in North Bristol before moving to work in the old Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.

Charlie undertook her DPhil at Lincoln College working with Paul Matthews and Heidi Johansen-Berg, both Fellows of the Hall, at FMRIB, the MR Imaging Centre within the University of Oxford. She remained at FMRIB, working within the Plasticity Group (headed by Prof. Johansen-Berg) for her post-doctoral work and was the GlaxoSmithKline Junior Research Fellow in Biomedical Imaging at St Edmund Hall from October 2010 to March 2014.

Her primary research interest is in how changing the ease of communication between brain cells (a process known as plasticity) drives the learning of new motor skills in people, especially in the context of relearning skills after a stroke.  During her JRF at St Edmund Hall she explored this question, developing expertise in experimental techniques that have since proved invaluable.  

Charlie was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship in 2014 by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society.  This independent award gave her five years of funding to found her own research group studying the mechanisms of human motor plasticity.  Her group is based between two world-leading research centres in the University - the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and the Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB).  They use cutting-edge imaging techniques such as the ultra-high field 7 tesla MR system at FMRIB and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) at OHBA in combination with non-invasive brain stimulation approaches to study motor plasticity, with the ultimate aim of developing new rehabilitation tools to maximize recovery after stroke. She became a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall in 2014, and an Associate Professor at the University in 2015.

Charlie lives in the Buckinghamshire countryside with her husband, their children and the dog.