Total Body PET 2021 conference [rescheduled] Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)
PET is Wonderful Annual Meeting 2021 Oct 26, 2021 12:00 AM — Virtual Meeting (online)
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 Nov 02, 2021 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (and online)


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

Mr Benson Mwangi

Position: PhD student
Institute: Centre for Neurosciences-University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital.
Department: Psychiatry

Description of Phd:


The ‘Advanced Interventions Service’ (AIS) is an NHS ‘National Specialist Service’ for severe and chronic treatment-refractory mood disorders and is based in Dundee. The AIS is hosted by NHS Tayside with several key clinical staff employed by the University of Dundee (e.g. Matthews).  One of the treatments provided by the AIS is Anterior Cingulotomy, which involves the creation of small bilateral thermal lesions in the anterior cingulate cortex, including the cingulum bundles.  We have recently reported that there is a relationship between lesion characteristics (location and volume) and clinical outcome at one year.  A similar, though less compelling, result was reported in a Swedish study of another procedure, Anterior Capsulotomy.  Both studies used T2 weighted imaging which provided limited information on lesions.  It is well known that when such a lesion is made in a white matter tract, distal degeneration may occur .  The neuroimaging technique of choice for the investigation of white matter tracts is diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).  The proposed study would use novel DTI-tractography computational methods to investigate hypothesised links between distal structural brain change and clinical outcome (symptom reduction and adverse effects). We propose to evaluate these relationships in existing AIS patients with Cingulate (n>10) or Capsulotomy lesions (n>15). Output from tractography algorithms is often dependent on the choice of user-specified seed points.  This limits confidence in the results.  Addressing this limitation, probabilistic modelbased neighbourhood tractography (PNT) is a novel method for automated seed point placement.  PNT has been developed with particular reference to the tracts of interest (cingulum and anterior capsule).  The proposed  study would, therefore, use data from matched controls as training data for the PNT technique before application to patient data.  Development of the method to take account of lesions is a crucial aspect of the work.