Imperial College London

Dr Lucia M. Li

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Clinical Lecturer (Neurology)





Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus





I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurology. My research uses multimodal methods to assess outcomes and treatments for the consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). My most recent projects have used novel combined brain stimulation-brain imaging techniques to investigate the potential for brain stimulation as a treatment for cognitive deficits after TBI. My current work is in 3 strands:

(1) Using advanced MRI and pupillometry to investigate emotional function after TBI,

(2) Characterising and exploring reasons for, and consequences of, autonomic dysfunction after TBI, and

(3) Using wearable technology and remote monitoring, combined with machine learning techniques, to understand 'real world' recovery after TBI.

I am also working to highlight the inadequacy of current clinical care pathways for TBI patients, and to try to improve that. I enjoy my teaching and science outreach activities, for example, my Trustee  role for Headway West London, a charity for survivors of brain injury.

Open to applications from prospective MSc/PhD students, and consulting (via Imperial Consultants:



Kurtin DL, Violante IR, Zimmerman K, et al., 2021, Investigating the interaction between white matter and brain state on tDCS-induced changes in brain network activity, Brain Stimulation, Vol:14, ISSN:1876-4754, Pages:1261-1270

Li LM, Bourke NJ, Lai HHL, et al., 2021, Conferences in the time of COVID: notes on organizing and delivering the first Brain Conference, Brain Communications, Vol:3, ISSN:2632-1297

Li LM, Dilley MD, Carson A, et al., 2021, Management of traumatic brain injury (TBI): a clinical neuroscience-led pathway for the NHS., Clinical Medicine (london, England), Vol:21, ISSN:1470-2118, Pages:e198-e205

Mallas E-J, De Simoni S, Scott G, et al., 2021, Abnormal dorsal attention network activation in memory impairment after traumatic brain injury, Brain: a Journal of Neurology, Vol:144, ISSN:0006-8950, Pages:114-127

Varatharaj A, Thomas N, Ellul MA, et al., 2020, Neurological and neuropsychiatric complications of COVID-19 in 153 patients: a UK-wide surveillance study., Lancet Psychiatry, Vol:7, Pages:875-882

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