Auger SD, Kanavou S, Lawton M, Ben-Shlomo Y, Hu MT, Schrag AE, Morris HR, Grosset DG, Noyce AJ. Testing shortened versions of smell tests to screen for hyposmia in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 2020

Joseph T*, Auger SD*, Peress L, Rack D, Cuzick J, Giovannoni G, Lees A, Schrag AE, Noyce AJ. Screening performance of abbreviated versions of the UPSIT smell test. Journal of Neurology, 2019, 266(8), 1897-1906. (*equal contribution). PDF

Auger SD & Maguire EA. Retrosplenial cortex indexes stability beyond the spatial domain. Journal of Neuroscience, 2018; 38(6), 1472-1481. PDF

Auger SD & Maguire EA. Dissociating Landmark Stability from Orienting Value Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2018; 30(5), 698-713. PDF

Auger SD, Zeidman P & Maguire EA. Efficacy of navigation may be influenced by retrosplenial cortex-mediated learning of landmark stability. Neuropsychologia, 2017; 104, 102-112. PDF

Kahan J & Auger SD. Functional magnetic resonance imaging. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2015; 76(12), C189-192.

Auger SD, Zeidman P & Maguire EA. A central role for the retrosplenial cortex in de novo environmental learning. eLife, 2015; 4:e09031. PDF

Auger SD, Mullally SL & Maguire EA. Retrosplenial cortex codes for permanent landmarks. PLoS One, 2012; 7(8), e43620. PDF

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I am currently a junior doctor working at Barts Health NHS Trust as a Core Medical Trainee, having previously done Foundation training in the same Trust.

I completed my PhD under the supervision of Prof Eleanor Maguire in 2014 at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging,
Queen Square, UCL. This was as a part of UCL's MBPhD programme.

For my PhD research, I investigated the role of the retrosplenial cortex in human cognition. This brain region is known to be important for remembering past events, imagining the future, navigating through environments and processing scenes. It is one of the first brain regions to undergo pathological changes in Alzheimer's dementia and damage involving the retrosplenial cortex produces profound amnesia and navigation deficits. However, its precise role in these processes was unclear.

I conducted a series of six studies, each comprising behavioural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments. These experiments indicated that the retrosplenial cortex processes permanent predictable features of the environment and that this could have an impact upon peoples' navigation ability.

The image on the right shows my retrosplenial cortex in red (lighter red =
Brodmann Area 29, darker red = BA30).

After qualifying, I have been involved with research at the Preventive Neurology Unit, QMUL; first as an Academic Foundation Programme trainee and subsequently staying involved with various projects alongside full-time clinical training. This work has centered around developing abbreviated smell tests to assist large scale screening for hyposmia and optimisation of an algorithm used to predict risk for developing Parkinson's disease.

Feel free to get in touch: s.auger (at)