Biography

JackLewisPhDHi there, I’m Jack… welcome to my site. Below is a short account of my story so far. And to the right a list of blogs I’ve written about on various brain-related topics.

 

DEVELOPING MY KNOWLEDGE

I got a first class degree in neuroscience from the University in 2001, earned my neuroscience Ph.D. at UCL in 2005 and went on in 2010 to publish my post-doctoral research in the Journal of Neuroscience for
studies investigating human brains with my trusty MRI scanner at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Since then I’ve been focused on what I call Neuroscience ABC:

 

NEUROSCIENCE ABC

A is for Author: I’ve published a best-selling book called “Sort Your Brain Out” (Wiley)

B is for Broadcaster: I’ve presented series for BBC, Sky and Discovery, amongst many others.

C is for consultant: I’ve injected a neuroscience-informed perspective into innumerable projects for a wide variety of companies from many different industry sectors.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PODCASTING

I also do a huge amount of public speaking at schools, businesses and science festivals which I enjoy very much. An overview of the kind of talks I do can be found by clicking here. I also have a weekly podcast called Geek Chic’s Weird Science which I co-present with XFM’s Lliana Bird (I’m the Geek, she’s the Chic!) where we discuss the weirdest and most wonderful science stories to have hit the press in any given week. It’s available on iTunes, podbay, libsyn and several others.

 

MY GOAL

My main goal is to bring the fruits of the latest neuroscience research to the attention of the widest possible audience, taking great care to speak and write in plain English. But I also do lots of work to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects across the world by getting people excited about all sorts of new scientific breakthroughs, issues and events.

 

TELEVISION WORK

I’ve developed extensive experience as a science television broadcaster over the past 8 years, either as presenter, expert contributer and/or science consultant (showreel at bottom of page):

  • BBC
    • People Watchers (Presenter, 20 x 60mins, BBC2, 2008)
    • Newsround (Expert contributer, CBBC, 2014)
    • How to Save £1,000 (Expert contributer, Watchdog Special, BBC1, 2015)
  • ITV
    • How To Get More Sex (Expert Contributer, Liberty Bell, 2009)
    • This Morning (various appearances, 2011-2014)
      • Don’t Be A Slave To Your Brain (3 monthly segments, Jun-Aug, 2011)
        • Memory, Decision Making, Hanging onto Your Marbles
      • Sex Pheremones (2014)
      • Britain’s First Cloned Pet (2014)
    • Titchmarsh Show (Big Debate: How Much Meddling With Mother Nature is Too Much? 2014)
  • Channel 4
    • Secret Life of Buildings (Expert contributer, Maverick, 2012)
    • Tony Robinson’s Monsters & Demons (Expert contributer, Wildfire Productions, 2013)
    • Everything You Need To Know About.. (Expert contributer, 360 Productions, 2013)
  • Channel 5
    • Britain’s Best Brain (Games Consultant, 2010)
  • Discovery
    • Sex Hospital (Presenter, 5 x 60mins, TLC, Betty TV, 2013)
    • The Tech Show (Presenter, 20 x 30mins, Discovery Science, Reef TV, 2012)
  • National Geographic
    • Inside The Living Body (Science Consultant, Feature-Length Doc, PioneerTV, 2007)
  • Canadian Broadcast Corporation
    • Officeland (Expert contributer, CBC, 2014)
  • Teacher’s TV
    • Faraday Films (Presenter, 4 x 15min, Radley Yeldar, 2008)
  • MTV
    • Plain Jane (Expert contributer, 2 x 6 x 30mins, Gogglebox TV, 2 series: 2012 / 2013)

My latest showreel is at the bottom of this page and older ones can also be accessed by clicking here.

This website contains an extensive archive of articles spanning a variety of topics, including the following categories (see full list in panel to the right):

  • Better Brains – includes articles to do with improving brain function
  • Brain Malfunctions – this section describing various ways the brain can go wrong to result in various neurological and psychiatric conditions
  • Chemical Stimulation – focuses on drugs, both medical and recreational, to shed some light on how they do what they do
  • Older Brains – concentrates on issues specific to older adults, particularly in light of concerns about age related cognitive decline
  • Wonders of the Brain – includes links to fascinating articles that I’ve tweeted over the years and my own articles all about extraordinary feats of brain power
  • Young Brains – covers everything from brain development in the womb, through childhood, and into adolescence

If you require my input as a presenter, consultant or speaker on a science-related topic, get in touch!

And if you fancy keeping updated on neuroscience’s latest discoveries you can follow my tweets @drjacklewis

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