PET is Wonderful Annual Meeting 2020 Oct 27, 2020 02:00 PM - 05:40 PM — Virtual Meeting (online)
Through the Looking Glass: Breaking Barriers in STEM Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM — Virtual Meeting (online)
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 Nov 04, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM — Virtual Meeting (online)
Scottish Radiological Society Annual General Meeting 2020 Nov 06, 2020 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Virtual Meeting (online)

eLearning

SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.


Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

PECRE award recipients

May 2020 - Three SINAPSE members awarded funding for international research exchanges

Congratulations to the SINAPSE early career researchers selected to receive PECRE funding for international research exchanges in the latest round of applications:

 

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Iris Ionita

Iris Ionita is a Research Assistant at the School for Psychological Sciences and Health at University of Strathclyde. She is working together with William McGeown and Rothwelle Tate on a largely interdisciplinary project investigating the neurobiology and genetic concomitants of hypnotic suggestibility and related hypnotic phenomena. Iris completed a dual Psychology and Film undergraduate degree at University of Stirling, then graduated with a Masters in Brain Sciences from University of Glasgow in 2018.

In her PECRE exchange, Iris will visit the innovative technological institute Mentis Cura in Reykjavik, Iceland. The company focuses on assessing brain health and developing diagnosis tools for different types of dementia and for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Specialising in electroencephalography (EEG), the company has developed unique diagnostic aids by applying cutting-edge machine learning to a database of EEG recordings from over 3,000 people. Given the aim of the project at Strathclyde to investigate changes in resting state EEG (rsEEG) that occur during hypnosis, and explore whether rsEEG features can be used to predict levels of suggestibility, the exchange will enable Iris to develop new skills relating to the analysis of rsEEG, pre-processing, feature derivation and extraction, and the generation of machine learning classifiers.

 

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Kirit Singh

Kirit Singh is a Core Surgical Trainee with an interest in Neurosurgery. He completed an Academic Foundation Post in Neurosurgery at Ninewells Hospital while holding an Honorary Contract at University of Dundee supervised by Mr Hossain-Ibrahim and Prof Tim Hales. He has worked on exploring innovative new approaches to treating Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) such as Magnetic Resonance guided Focussed Ultrasound. He is also involved with exploring new direct visualisation techniques using Photodynamic Therapy to enhance intra-operative tumour resection as well as establishing protocols to establish future collaborative US/UK trials.

For his PECRE exchange, Kirit will visit Prof John Sampson in the Brain Tumour Immunotherapy Program at Duke University in North Carolina, USA. This centre has conducted several large phase 2/3 trials on novel immunotherapeutic approaches including oncolytic poliovirus for GBM. Kirit will be involved in evaluating MRI data acquired from these trials, applying it to current mathematical modelling developed at the University of Dundee. This will help to better understand the mechanism for how this immunotherapy reduces or halts invasion and potentially unlock novel therapeutic avenues for investigation.

 

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Hannah Thomson

Hannah Thomson is a third year PhD student at the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics at University of Glasgow. She completed her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics at University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research focuses on Quantitative Ultrasound for intra-operative detection of cancerous brain tissue. This involves modelling the acoustic properties of brain tissue and analysing how ultrasound propagates and scatters in this complex medium.

For her PECRE exchange, Hannah will visit Stryker Neurosurgical in Michigan, USA. She will be collaborating with one of the company's chief engineers and his team of finite element analysis specialists to produce an accurate in silico model of brain tissue. Another aspect of the exchange will include collaboration with neurosurgeons at a brain tissue bank, where samples of ex vivo brain and brain tumour tissue will be available for ultrasonic imaging and raw data acquisition. This study aims to test the ability of quantitative ultrasound to differentiate healthy and cancerous neural tissue.