Dr Tom Farrow BSc (Hons) PhD
Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging and Honorary NHS Clinical Scientist
Academic Clinical Neurology
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Sheffield, S10 2JF
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 271 3128
Fax: +44 (0) 114 271 3158
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.
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’
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- Farrow T.F.D., Woodruff P.W.R. (Eds.) Empathy in Mental Illness. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. (2007).
- 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).
- 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).