Data Sciences and Brain Health across the Life Course session in 2020 SICSA Conference Oct 01, 2020 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM — Virtual Meeting (online)
Ophthalmic Medical Image Analysis MICCAI 2020 Workshop Oct 08, 2020 12:00 AM — Virtual Meeting (online)
Predictive Intelligence in Medicine MICCAI 2020 Workshop Oct 08, 2020 12:00 AM — Virtual Meeting (online)
PET is Wonderful Annual Meeting 2020 Oct 27, 2020 02:00 PM - 05:40 PM — 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

Miss Ourania Varsou

Position: SINAPSE PhD Student
Institute: University of Aberdeen
Department: Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre

Description of Phd:

For this PhD project, we are investigating the diagnostic potential of resting-state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging in minor stroke patients. According to the published literature, cortical reorganisation of neuronal networks plays a significant role in acute stroke in terms of regaining function. However, the underlying mechanisms involved in this process have not been fully elucidated. Thus, a better understanding of the neuronal reorganisation that takes place following a stroke will aid the diagnostic pathway and therefore contribute to the development of targeted therapies with the potential of promoting repair and reducing deficit.

Minor strokes are extremely common with a high risk of a serious recurrence taking place within the first days. These short duration ischaemic episodes pose a diagnostic challenge for clinicians, as their symptomatology can mimic other neurological conditions and a significant percentage of these patients can have an inconclusive imaging scan. This diagnostic uncertainty places a heavy burden on patients, clinicians and healthcare resources. Thus, assessing the clinical application of resting-state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging in this group of patients is of paramount importance.

Key Publications
  • Varsou O, MacLeod MJ & Schwarzbauer C. Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging in stroke: an evidence-based clinical review. International Journal of Stroke: DOI: 10.1111/ijs.12033.