About the Editor

Irene Tracey, PhD, FRCA, holds the Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science, is Director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB), and is Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics at the University of Oxford, England. Over the past 10 years her multidisciplinary research team has contributed to a better understanding of pain perception, pain relief, and nociceptive processing within the injured and non-injured human central nervous system using neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Tracey performed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, where she graduated with First Class Honours, winning the Gibb's Prize for joint top-First. She held a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School before returning to the UK in 1996 to help establish the FMRIB Centre. She is an elected Councilor to IASP. In 2008, she was awarded the triennial Patrick Wall Medal from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and in 2009 she was made an FRCA for her contributions to the discipline. She is Deputy Chair of the UK's Medical Research Council's Neuroscience and Mental Health Board.