Upcoming Events

ERASMUS Course on MRI: Basic MRI Physics Sep 25, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017 — Ninewells Hospital Medical School, Dundee
7th SINAPSE-SANON Meeting Sep 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Wellcome Rooms, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh
ECCOMAS VipIMAGE 2017 Oct 18, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017 — Porto, Portugal
ESMRMB 2017 Congress Oct 19, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 — Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting Oct 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 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++