Upcoming Events

The transformative potential of data and image analysis for eye care Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 24, 2018 — The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London
Scottish Dementia Research Consortium Annual Conference 2018 Apr 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow
British Cardiovascular Imaging 2018 May 02, 2018 - May 04, 2018 — John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh
2nd SINAPSE Psychology meeting May 08, 2018 10:30 AM - 04:00 PM — Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
2nd PET is Wonderful International Meeting May 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Wellcome Auditorium/Fyfe Rooms, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

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++