Medical Imaging Convention [rescheduled] Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021 — National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
2021 SINAPSE ASM Sep 16, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021 — Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow
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)


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 Gavin Robertson

Position: KTP Associate - Edinburgh University/Optos

Institute: University of Edinburgh and Optos

Department: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Research Themes

The retina offers opportunity for direct, non-invasive study of the human microvasculature and its relationship to cardiovascular disease risk factors. The main challenge is the identification of biomarkers, i.e. subtle changes to structural features such as vessel width, branching angles and vessel tortuosity as observed in ultra-widefield retinal images captured by Optos camera systems. At CRIC and in collaboration with Dundee (Computing) and international centres we have been developing software (VAMPIRE) for automatic quantification of retinal features.Furthermore, Edinburgh and Dundee are participating centres in the Scottish Computed Tomography of the Heart trial (CSO - CZB/4/588) where the aim is to assess the added value of CT imaging for patients presenting with suspected coronary heart disease in order to aid diagnosis and plan treatment. Leveraging the existing clinical facilities in Edinburgh and Dundee, we intend to build a substantial repository of cross-linked image data and relate retinal biomarker data to CT-derived indicators of cardiovascular disease and other risk factor data (e.g. history of hypertension, smoking, diabetes, etc.) collected through Scot-Heart.

The project will involve:

1. Acquiring retinal images (~500 patients) using Optos widefield ophthalmoscope.

2. Participating in the development of novel post processing algorithms

3. Processing and analysing images to investigate potential biomarkers

4. Collecting CT derived data on coronary artery disease and calcium scores in patients with coronary heart disease and patients with non-cardiac chest pain.

5. Analysing relationships between retinal biomarkers, CT indicators of cardiovascular disease and other risk factor data.