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[Perspectives] Irene Tracey: seeing pain for what it is

Reflecting on the tension between clinicians and scientists that still makes occasional appearances in medical research circles, Professor Irene Tracey speaks dismissively of what she calls “badge-wearing”. This October will see her taking up a post as Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. The job is one that might traditionally have been expected to go to a clinician; Tracey’s background is in the science of biochemistry and she is already Head of Oxford’s Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics, another job for which the spec might well have read “clinical”.