Upcoming Events

2018 SINAPSE ASM Jun 25, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Quincentenary Building, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference 2018 Jul 09, 2018 - Jul 11, 2018 — University of Southampton, England
Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography 30th Annual International Conference Aug 29, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 — University of Glasgow
Predictive Intelligence in Medicine MICCAI 2018 Workshop Sep 16, 2018 12:00 AM — Granada, Spain
Scottish Molecular Imaging Meeting 2018 Sep 19, 2018 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM — Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR), Glasgow

Miss Emma Pead

Position: PhD student

Interests:

Assessing neurodegeneration of the retina and brain with ultra-widefield retinal images.

Philosophers have often described the eye as the window to the soul. This can also be addressed on the scientific basis that the retina is a direct window into the health of the brain (or CNS). My focus is on the development of automatic detection algorithms of biomarkers for Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in retinal images. AMD is often characterised by the presence of drusen, small deposits of cellular debris, in retinal images appearing as bright white/yellow spots. The hallmark of AD is the presence of Aβ-amyloid which has also been shown to be present in drusen. There are currently no treatments for late AMD, therefore early diagnosis and detection of drusen could provide timely treatment. Additionally, the potential of drusen as an early biomarker of AD will be explored. My methods focus on image analysis and quantification of fundus and OptoMap images (Optos) and application of machine learning algorithms as an automatic detection strategy.

Institute: The University of Edinburgh

Department: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS)



Collaborators

Optos

SINAPSE

VAMPIRE

Software Expertise

Matlab

R

Java

C++