PhD student wins best presentation award at Lucy Cavendish College Research Day 2022

Lucy Cavendish College Research Day at University of Cambridge is free and open to all, offering researchers the opportunity to reach a wide audience.

This year's event was a huge success with fascinating presentations across a range of disciplines and audiences both online and in-person.

Prizes were awarded for the best talk. Winner of the best presentation was Georgina Leadley, PhD student on the CEPS CDT.

Georgina’s research is funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (programme grant EP/S022139/1).

Georgina Leadley, PhD research topic ‘Development and preliminary testing of an optical wearable neuroimaging system’


Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) uses light to obtain 3-D maps of brain activity. Infrared light can provide a window into tissue and allow us to take brain measurements in a safe, non-invasive way, similar to a pulse oximeter. The creation of a lightweight, portable brain-imaging cap capable of monitoring brain health could reduce the need for MRIs and other invasive procedures and could save lives. For newborn babies with brain injuries, there is a critical window of time where an early diagnosis can allow doctors to give the best treatment. For people with Alzheimer's disease, early detection of build-ups of plaques in the brain can help them receive treatment earlier

The judges said about Georgina:

“Excellent communication with the audience. Good use of powerpoint and the hands-on element. Good lay-audience intro”

“Clear methodical relevant hypothesis-driven research. Excellent presentation”

Congratulations Georgina!

photo of Georgina Leadley, PhD student, presenting at the event

IMAGE: Georgina Leadley presenting at the event

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Published: March 2022, University of Cambridge. 

Event sponsor: AstraZeneca

Photo credit: ©Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge,

About Georgina Leadley:
Georgina is in the first year of her PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS CDT), a joint Centre with UCL and University of Cambridge. The CEPS CDT is funded by EPSRC programme grant EP/S022139/1.