Anthony T. Barker
Dept. of Medical Physics, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
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Anthony T. Barker was born in 1950 in Morley (Leeds, UK) and received his Bachelors in Engineering in 1971 from the University of Sheffield. In graduate school he specialized in Medical Electronics, obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1976. From 1976 until 1990 he worked as physicist at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, as well as holding the title of Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1977-1999). Since 1999 he has been a Professor Associate at the University of Sheffield and is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Prof. Barker has given numerous prestigious and invited lectures all over the globe. In part for his role in the development of Magnetic Nerve Stimulation (MNS), he has received awards from the British Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the "Institution of Engineering and Technology") and the Institute of Physical Sciences in Medicine.
Prof. Barker began his research on MNS during his postgraduate research in 1975, and more than 3000 papers have arisen from his original papers on the subject. One of the most popular applications of MNS is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a method of non-invasively inducing temporary lesions in specific areas of cortex, changing cortical excitability and directly stimulating the cortex. This extremely popular technology has seen a multitude of applications in both research and clinical settings. In addition to his work in the high level magnetic fields of MNS, Prof. Barker is also interested in the biological effects of low-level electromagnetic fields such as those from mobile phones and overhead power cables, and in electrophysiological signals analysis.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Scholarpedia, 2(10):2936. (2007).
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