Upcoming Events

Edinburgh SPM Course 2019 Apr 01, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019 — University of Edinburgh
Health Innovation and Technologies Research Festival Apr 01, 2019 - Apr 02, 2019 — James Watt Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
PET3D training workshop on integrating PET imaging in drug development Apr 04, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
RiiSE19 Conference Apr 13, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:45 PM — Chancellor's Building, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB
Scottish Dementia Research Consortium Annual Conference 2019 Apr 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow

Mr Shaun R. Stone

Position: PhD Candidate - Medical Imaging

Interests:

Shaun is currently on his second year of his PhD studentship in Medical Imaging at the University of Aberdeen. His project is titled, “Prediction Models of Dementia Risk from Brain MR and Proxies of Cognitive Reserve” with Professor Alison D. Murray (University of Aberdeen), Dr Roger Staff (NHS), Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Professor Craig Ritchie (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Robin Wolz (IXICO). Cosupervisors to this project at Dr Gordon Waiter and Dr Anca Sandu-Giuraniuc. His project is funded by SINAPSE and industry partnership IXICO. Shaun completed his undergraduate (BSc) degree in Psychology with Neuroscience, and postgraduate (MSc) degree in Neuroimaging at Bangor University, North Wales - where he gained experience using a range of neuroimaging techniques. Shaun continues to learn, using his neuro-background to transfer into computational medicine and diagnostic imaging and is looking forward to his future career in research or industry, thanks to this opportunity.

Shaun is currently on his second year of his PhD studentship in Medical Imaging at the University of Aberdeen. His project is titled, “Prediction Models of Dementia Risk from Brain MR and Proxies of Cognitive Reserve” with Professor Alison D. Murray (University of Aberdeen), Dr Roger Staff (NHS), Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Professor Craig Ritchie (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Robin Wolz (IXICO). Cosupervisors to this project at Dr Gordon Waiter and Dr Anca Sandu-Giuraniuc. His project is funded by SINAPSE and industry partnership IXICO. Shaun completed his undergraduate (BSc) degree in Psychology with Neuroscience, and postgraduate (MSc) degree in Neuroimaging at Bangor University, North Wales - where he gained experience using a range of neuroimaging techniques. Shaun continues to learn, using his neuro-background to transfer into computational medicine and diagnostic imaging and is looking forward to his future career in research or industry, thanks to this opportunity.

Institute: Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre (ABIC)

Department: School of Medicine


Research Themes

The project aims to identify the most important life-course factors and brain biomarkers that influence differences in cognitive reserve and cognitive resilience. These proxies of cognitive decline will then be incorporated into machine learning algorithms for automatic detection and classification of dementia risk from a brain scan. Such machine learning models may be able to quantify the discrepancy between the amount of disease present (MR images) and cognitive symptoms and relate this to life-course determinants. That is, given the life-course of an individual, what are the imaging characteristics that allow us to predict cognitive decline and therefore future dementia risk? Providing these models are accurate in predicting patient pathology, these approaches will be extremely useful for both clinical/pharmaceutical trials and for earlier diagnosis of patients with dementia in the NHS - improving the accuracy of diagnosis and more importantly earlier diagnosis for more appropriate intervention and care.


Collaborators

IXICO: Innovative Technologies for Treating Serious Diseases

Software Expertise

IBM's SPSS Statistics Software

MathWork's MATLAB

RStudio

FMRIB Software Library (FSL)

Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM)