DR CAMILLA NORD

Dr Camilla Nord is a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge who is interested in how brain imaging, brain stimulation, and computational modelling can improve treatments for mental health disorders. She wants to know: can we predict who will respond to which treatment, and develop a ‘precision medicine’ approach to psychiatry? And can we use the tools of neuroscience to develop new, targeted treatments for mental health disorders? She has an MA from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College, where she studied Physiology and Psychology, and a Ph.D. and MSc in Neuroscience from University College London. She lives in Cambridge with her partner Becky, who is also a neuroscientist, and their cat Darwin.

A recent Radio 4 presenter described Tim as a “neuroscientist gone rogue” because he now applies his knowledge as a vision scientist to commercial questions around design optimisation and behavioural influence.

After graduating in Mathematics, Tim travelled the world as a software developer living and working in the US, Asia and Switzerland. He returned to university in 2005 to study Psychology and completed his PhD in visual neuroscience, decision making and aesthetic perception at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2010, where he continues to research and teach. In 2011 he co-founded Acuity Intelligence Ltd, which is a neuroscience based research agency and consultancy that specialises in real-world applications of eye-tracking, biometrics and behavioural research.

In the past 6 years, as Director of Research & Development, he has headed-up projects with companies as diverse as Premier Foods, P&G, Coca-Cola, Unilever, GSK, Ralph Lauren, BskyB, The Guardian, the Walt Disney Company to evaluate and optimise package designs, digital media, mobile apps and marketing strategy.

Tim identifies as a gay man and lives with his partner and absent minded cat in Bletchley, the old stomping ground of another gay man working in STEM – Alan Turing.