9th SINAPSE Neuro-oncology Imaging Meeting [rescheduled] Mar 11, 2021 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — West Park Conferencing & Events, 319 Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1NN
Total Body PET 2020 conference [rescheduled] Jun 05, 2021 - Jun 07, 2021 — McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
Medical Imaging Convention [rescheduled] Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021 — National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England


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

Daniele Ortu

Position: SINAPSE PhD Student

Description of Phd:


High-temporal resolution and cost-effectiveness have made ERP methods a mainstay of cognitive neuroscience. ERPs have had a huge impact. For example, providing support for dual process theories of episodic memory (i.e., memory for one’s personal past), providing neural evidence for the existence of unconscious memory processes (e.g., priming) and elucidating the nature of semantic memory (i.e., knowledge about the world). In short, ERPs are thought to provide ‘bio-markers’ for a variety of memory functions. The aim of the current proposal is to assess the validity and reliability of these measures. There are approximately 80 ERP labs in the UK, and more than a dozen in Scotland. Each SINAPSE centre has ERP capability, but the reliability and validity of ERP measures across the centres has never been systematically assessed. Although each ERP lab uses similar methods, there are notable differences in amplifier systems, data recording protocols, data processing methods and in analysis techniques. This proposal will therefore involve a set of ERP memory experiments, conducted in an identical fashion, in two different centres, to investigate the practicalities and consequences of across-centre ERP work in terms of the reliability and validity of the data obtained. The studies will investigate memory, and will be designed to help elucidate ongoing issues within the ERP memory field, whilst providing the basis for a careful examination of the ERP measures themselves. The ERP labs in Stirling (Prof Donaldson) and Aberdeen (Dr Allan) are ideally suited for carrying out studies of this kind; the two labs each have two separate amplifier systems, with one system being common across the centres. The Aberdeen and Stirling labs also have common as well as different data processing and analysis software. We will use standard ERP memory paradigms in both labs, and compare data from individual subjects recorded in each centre, using each set of equipment, and analysed with different software packages. A major gain from the project will be the development of standardisation protocols that can be generalised for all SINAPSE-related ERP centres. The project will also generate across centre guidelines for measures of data quality.