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I was appointed to the lecturer role at the age of 22 and remain the youngest lecturer in the UK. I teach Neuroscience, Physiology and Pathophysiology in the Institute of Health and Social Care. I strive to share my passion for neuroscience and health care with everyone. After all, there is so much of the human brain we know nothing about, which to me just means there is so much left to discover. We can all take part in these discoveries.
Alongside academia, I also hold an Honorary Research Position at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Department of Brain Sciences. In addition, I am also a Researcher at the Neurophysiology Unit of UCL. My main areas of interest are Cancer Research, Neuropathology, Neural Networks and Neuroplasticity.
During my BSc I authored and presented my research internationally which was what paved the way for my interest in academia and research.
During my MSc in Clinical Neuroscience, I conducted research on the use of Dynamic Contrast-enhanced MRI for the surveillance of patients with post-treatment high-grade gliomas.
My interests lie in determining tumour progression and differentiating disease progression from pseudo-progression. An invaluable difference for cancer treatment and progression, as this will not only help determine treatment efficacy but also true disease development.
Additionally, one of my research focuses is the identification of biomarkers and the prediction of Isocitrate dehydrogenase mutations in patients with Gliomas, whilst utilising advanced neuroimaging techniques and artificial intelligence. The Isocitrate dehydrogenase mutation is one of the most important genetic markers seen in gliomas and has been associated with longer survival rates. It's identification could therefore be imperative for advancing targeted cancer treatments and thus providing patients with a better chance at beating brain cancer.
Lastly, through my research on Epilepsy and Neural Networks, I hope to understand the complicated wiring that makes our up our brain and how this alters in disease. I hope to one day look at the fundamentals of our neuronal connections; I find this particularly interesting as it underpins everything in our being, from how we function to who we are as individuals.
Physiotherapy - MSc (Pre-Registration)
Physiotherapy - BSc (Hons)
Sport Rehabilitation - BSc (Hons)
Sport Rehabilitation - Integrated Masters
Chiropractic - iMSc
Nursing (Neuroscience Care) - MSc
Involved in a variety of research at the Queen Square Neuroimaging Analysis Center on High-grade Gliomas and Advanced Neuroimaging tools.
Key responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, post-processing and MRI image analysis, statistical evaluation of segmentation values, patients assessment and evaluation, literature appraisal, composition of paper
As an honorary researcher at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology, I partake in research projects within my expertise as a clinical neuroscientist.
My areas of focus is currently conducting research on the development of high grade gliomas, a form of brain cancer.
Some of my key responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, post-processing and MRI image analysis, statistical evaluation of segmentation values, patients assessment and evaluation, literature appraisal, composition of paper
As a Researcher at the Neurophysiology Unit of UCL I look at Epilepsy and its longitudal implications.
Some of my key responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, literature appraisal, and composition of paper
Prizes, awards, and accolades
Award of Academic Excellence (Nov 2022)
Laura Elin Pigott was awarded for her Excellence in Academic progression and career. Laura gave a speech to graduates of the Metropolitan Colleges about working with Imposter Syndrome and their strongest skill in life, Critical Thinking.
Reach and Impact
Interview with Laura Elin Pigott The UK’s youngest lecturer (Sep 2022)
The role of Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI perfusion imaging in post treatment surveillance of patients with high grade gliomas
Pigott, L., Mancini, L. and Bisdas, S. (2022). The role of Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI perfusion imaging in post treatment surveillance of patients with high grade gliomas. 2nd International Rehabilitation Conference. Athens, Greece 04 - 05 Nov 2022
The effectiveness of neural mobilization of the sciatic nerve - straight leg raise position and passive static stretching for the range of motion of the knee joint
Pigott, L., Pechlivanidou, N., Machrama, S., Tzimiri, D., Anastasopoulos, K., Papaevanggelou, K., Kotzamanidou, M., Kassimis, K., Agas, K. and Misailidou, V. (2020). The effectiveness of neural mobilization of the sciatic nerve - straight leg raise position and passive static stretching for the range of motion of the knee joint. 1st International Rehabilitation Conference. Athens Feb - Mar 2020