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    Dr Thomas Cope

    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Bye Fellow in Neuroscience; Director of Studies


    Bye fellow

    I very much enjoy Murray Edwards’ friendly atmosphere. I find all of the students to be very engaged with and enthusiastic about their work, and all of the fellows to be approachable and eager to share their expertise. On social occasions the fellows and students mix easily, to the benefit of both groups.

    Degrees and honours

    MA MB BChir MClinRes MRCP
    Awards and prizes

    Clinical Research Fellowship, Association of British Neurologists and the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust.


    I supervise medical students through their second year courses in neurophysiology and psychology. I am a clinical research associate in the University Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and a specialist registrar in neurology. I am supported by a personal fellowship jointly funded by the Association of British Neurologists and the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust.

    My research interest is in defining perceptual mechanisms and brain substrates through the general application of auditory psychophysics to patients with neurological pathology. My work is complemented by the use of functional imaging modalities such as magnetoencephalography.

    My present focus is on brain mechanisms for receptive language and learning in patients who have aphasia resulting from neurodegenerative disease or stroke. My other interests include the exploration of perceptual timing in normal listeners, and in patients with cortical and subcortical disease, as well as brain mechanisms for musical hallucination and tinnitus. I am always willing to discuss collaboration in these areas.


    Peer-reviewed journal publications:

    Cope TE, Baguley DM, Griffiths TD. "How to understand it: The functional anatomy of central auditory processing." Practical Neurology, 2015 Aug;15(4):302-308. PMID: 2597206

    Cope TE*, Grube M*, Mandal A, Cooper FE, Brechany U, Burn DJ, Griffiths TD. "Subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease has No Significant Effect on Perceptual Timing in the Hundreds of Milliseconds Range" Neuropsychologia, 2014 May; 57:29-37. PMID: 24613477 *Joint first authors

    Cope TE, Grube M, Singh B, Burn DJ, Griffiths TD. “The Basal Ganglia in Perceptual Timing: Timing Performance in Multiple System Atrophy and Huntington’s Disease.” Neuropsychologia, 2014 Jan;52:73-81. PMID: 24135486

    Cope TE, Samaraweera A, Burn DJ. “Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis: correct hypokalaemia with caution.” Journal of Emergency Medicine 2013, 45(3), 338-40. PMID: 23849367

    Cope TE, Cope W, Beaumont DM. “A case of necrotising fasciitis caused by Serratia marsescens: extreme age as functional immunosuppression?” Age and Ageing 2013, 42(2), 266-8. PMID: 23315798

    Alcántara JI, Cope TE, Cope W, Weisblatt EJ. “Auditory temporal-envelope processing in high-functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Neuropsychologia 2012, 50(7), 1235-1251. PMID: 22349444

    Cope TE, Grube M, Griffiths TD. “Temporal predictions based on a gradual change in tempo.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2012, 131(5), 4013-4022. PMID: 22559374

    Cope TE, McFarland R, Schaefer A. “Rapid-onset, linezolid-induced lactic acidosis in MELAS.” Mitochondrion 2011, 11(6), 992-993. PMID: 21907311

    Cope TE, Baguley DM, Moore BCJ. “The loudness of tinnitus in quiet and in noise for people with cochlear hearing loss and following surgical resection of unilateral acoustic neuroma.” Otology Neurotology. 2011 32(3):488-496 PMID: 21221046

    Cope TE, Sedley W, Griffiths TD. “Timing and the auditory brain.” Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. 2011 10(6):10-13

    Cope TE, Baguley DM. “Is Musical Hallucination an Otological Phenomenon? A Review of the Literature” Clinical Otolaryngology. 2009 34(5):423-430 PMID: 19793274

    Cope TE. “How does age affect the success of total replacement of the hip joint?” Reviews in Clinical Gerontology. 2008 18:211-218

    Cope TE. “Clinical hypnosis for the alleviation of tinnitus.” International Tinnitus Journal. 2008 14(2):135-8 PMID: 19205165

    Moore BC, Glasberg BR, Low KE, Cope T, Cope W. “Effects of level and frequency on the audibility of partials in inharmonic complex tones.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 2006 Aug; 120(2):934-44 PMID: 16938981

    Book chapters:

    Baguley, D.M., Cope, T.E., McFerran, D.J. “Auditory Symptoms.” In Hallett, Stone and Carson (Eds.), Functional Neurological Disorders (Handbook of Clinical Neurology). Accepted, in press

    Cope, T.E., Sedley, W., & Kumar, S. “Musical Hallucination.” In D.M. Baguley and M. Fagelson (Eds.), Tinnitus: Clinical and Research perspectives (chapter 16). 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1597567213

    Cope, T.E., Sedley, W., & Griffiths, T.D. “Disorders of Audition.” In A.W. Toga (Ed.), Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference (chapter 138). 2015. Oxford: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN-13: 978-0123970251