Dr Tom Farrow BSc (Hons) PhDTom Farrow

Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging and Honorary NHS Clinical Scientist

Academic Clinical Neurology
N129, N-Floor
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Glossop Road
Sheffield, S10 2JF

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 271 3128
Fax: +44 (0) 114 271 3158

E-mail: t.f.farrow@sheffield.ac.uk



Following an undergraduate degree (1991-1995, BSc.[Hons.] Neuroscience; 2:i) and PhD (1995-1998, “Structural MRI study on the aetiology and cognitive effects of hippocampal sclerosis”) at the University of Sheffield, I took up a post-doctoral position at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, University of Manchester. In 1999, I returned to the University of Sheffield to help found and develop the Sheffield Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory (SCANLab) within Academic Clinical Psychiatry. In 2001 I was lead author on the first fMRI study to be conducted in Sheffield and began a tenured lectureship position. In 2002 I was awarded a 12-month Royal Society Overseas Fellowship, which was hosted by the Brain Dynamics Centre, University of Sydney, Australia. Returning to SCANLab in 2003, I continued to conduct structural- and functional MRI-based research and attract grant-funding, most notably as co-investigator on a multi-centre Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Large Grant (2008-2013; “Emotion regulation of others and self (EROS): A collaborative research network”; £2.7M). I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009.

In autumn 2013 I left SCANLab and moved to Academic Clinical Neurology, where I am currently establishing new collaborations and applying my research and methodological expertise to a variety of new disorders and cognitive questions.

Research Interests

My methodological research interests are structural (voxel-based morphometry [VBM]) and functional MR brain imaging, electrophysiological recording (skin conductance response [SCR]) and neuromodulation (transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS]). I have applied these methodologies in psychiatric (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]) and neurologic (Alzheimer’s Disease, tinnitus, epilepsy, non-epileptic attack disorder [NEAD]) patients and healthy subjects. The aspects of cognition in which I am interested include empathy, theory of mind, social cognition, deception, emotional salience, emotion regulation and ‘resting-state’

Teaching Interests
  • Deputy Director of Studies, MBChB Phase 1
  • Head of Neuroscience, MBChB Phase 1
  • Deputy Director of Teaching, Department of Neuroscience.
  • Course Director and ‘Research Project Dissertation’ (MED625) module lead, MSc(Res) Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging (PSYT23).
  • Admissions tutor and, ‘Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology & Neuropsychiatry’ (MED624) module lead MSc Translational Neuroscience (MEDT14)
  • Module lead ‘Neuroanatomy’ (practical human brain dissection) course (MED601), MBChB Phase 1
  • ILA facilitator, MBChB Phase 1
  • Module lead ‘Neuroanatomy’ (practical human brain dissection) course (MED601), MSc in Clinical Neurology (MEDT20)
  • Module lead ‘Neuroanatomy’ (practical human brain dissection) course (MED601), Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) for PhD students.
  • Two neuroscience formative assessment sessions MBChB Phase 1
  • Lecturer, MRCPsych course
  • Currently personal tutor (mentor) for 7 MBChB, 4 MSc and 2 PhD students
  • Previously have supervised 5 PhD, 9 BMedSci, 4 MSc, 1 DClinPsy and numerous undergraduate medical student research projects.
Professional Activities
  • Honorary NHS Clinical Scientist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Editorial board member, The Open Neuroimaging Journal, Bentham Science, USA.
  • Member, Association for Psychological Science (APA)
  • Elected member, International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience (ISBN)
  • Member, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
Current Projects
  • Validating an objective neurobiomarker for tinnitus through functional magnetic resonance imaging (funded by Ryder-Briggs Trust and NeuroCare)
  • Using EEG resting state parameters as biomarkers of cognitive decline in ageing (Funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK)
  • Ageing and emotional competency in the UK workforce: A multidisciplinary approach (Funded by Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Aging [MICRA] and Fairness at Work Research Centre [FairWRC])
Selected Key Publications
  1. Christou-Champi S., Farrow T.F.D., Webb T.L. Automatising control of negative emotions: Evidence that structured practise increases the efficiency of emotion regulation. Cognition and Emotion. 29(2), 319-331 (2015). doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.901213
  2. Farrow T.F.D. Should I strap a battery to my head? In Should I Strap a Battery to my Head? (And Other Questions About Emotion). Pp. 188-200. Totterdell P., Niven K. (Eds.) Charleston, USA: Createspace Independent Publishing: ISBN:978-1479131549 (2012).
  3. Farrow T.F.D., Johnson N.K., Hunter M.D., Barker A.T., Wilkinson I.D., Woodruff P.W.R. Evoked autonomic responses may modulate cognitive assessment of potentially threatening stimuli. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6, Article 349, 1-17 (2012).
  4. Farrow T.F.D., Jones S.C., Kaylor-Hughes C.J., Wilkinson I.D., Woodruff P.W.R., Hunter M.D., Spence S.A. Higher or lower? The functional anatomy of perceived allocentric social hierarchies. NeuroImage. 57(4), 1552-1560 (2011).
  5. Spence S.A., Kaylor-Hughes C.J., Farrow T.F.D., Wilkinson I.D. Speaking of secrets and lies: The contribution of ventrolateral prefrontal cortex to vocal deception. NeuroImage. 40(3), 1411-1418 (2008).
  6. Farrow T.F.D., Woodruff P.W.R. (Eds.) Empathy in Mental Illness. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. (2007).
  7. Farrow T.F.D., Zheng Y., Wilkinson I.D., Spence S.A., Deakin J.F.W., Tarrier N., Griffiths P.D., Woodruff P.W.R. Investigating the functional anatomy of empathy and forgiveness. NeuroReport. 12(11), 2433-2438 (2001).
  8. Spence S.A., Farrow T.F.D., Herford A.E., Wilkinson I.D., Zheng Y., Woodruff P.W.R. Behavioural and functional anatomical correlates of deception in humans. NeuroReport. 12(13), 2849-2853 (2001).

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