Dr Naomi Deakin MB BChir MA (Cantab)


Dr Deakin is a PhD student in Clinical Neurosciences, co-supervised by Prof Peter Hutchinson (Neurosurgery) and Prof John Suckling (Psychiatry). Dr Deakin completed her medical training in Cambridge, followed by the Academic Foundation Programme in Edinburgh. She has worked as a Junior Neurotrauma Fellow in Neurosurgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Dr Deakin is a Registered Doctor with the UK Motor Sports Association and has conducted motorsport research at Silverstone Race Circuit since 2012. Dr Deakin is Concussion Fellow for TOCA, a UK motorsports events package, and is the 2018 Sid Watkins Scholar - a funded research position with the Global Institute for Motorsport Safety.

Her current research explores mild TBI in the context of sports concussion, with an emphasis on motorsport. She is particularly interested in the application of objective diagnostic tools to concussion, as well as the important return to race (or play) decisions.

Research Focus




Brain injury


Motor Sport

Clinical conditions

Acquired brain injury

Cognitive impairment


Mild traumatic brain injury


Traumatic brain injury


Biomarker analysis

Cross-sectional and cohort studies

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neurocognitive testing

Neuropsychological testing

Ocular and vestibular testing