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A head for solving problems - and studying the human brain

Assistant Professor Thomas Yeo with a magnetic resonance imaging scan of a human brain. The machine can be used to detect tumours or dementia. His main research interests include finding out how different people are vulnerable to mental disorders.
Assistant Professor Thomas Yeo with a magnetic resonance imaging scan of a human brain. The machine can be used to detect tumours or dementia. His main research interests include finding out how different people are vulnerable to mental disorders.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

NUS researcher's fascination with the brain takes him from engineering to neuroscience

Until he was 14, Assistant Professor Thomas Yeo had been obsessed with solving problems, but that interest turned towards something more specific - medicine - when his father suffered a stroke.

Now, 24 years later, the National University of Singapore (NUS) don can proudly count brain-scanning software used worldwide among his many achievements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018, with the headline 'A head for solving problems - and studying the human brain'. Print Edition | Subscribe