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Professor Clare Elwell

My research

I am Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL. I lead the Near Infrared Spectroscopy research group developing novel optical systems for monitoring and imaging the human body. My research projects include studies of autism, acute brain injury in adults, children and infants, sports performance, migraine and malaria. My most recent project is the use of near infrared spectroscopy to investigate malnutrition related brain development in rural Gambia, resulting in the first functional brain imaging of infants in Africa.

My journey

For me the key to combining work and family life has been to work part time for most of the last two decades. This combined with good childcare, family support and encouraging colleagues has enabled me to pursue a fulfilling and successful career whilst raising a family. Being flexible about how and when I work has always helped me to stay connected with my projects and teams whilst protecting family time. I'm a firm believer that, with hard work and focus, a career in academia can provide for a rewarding work-life balance.

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