Upcoming Events

NHS Research Scotland Annual Conference Oct 26, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM — Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
5th Annual Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum Nov 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling
Data Linkage Scotland Showcase Nov 29, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM — Technology Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow
SINAPSE Psychology meeting Jan 16, 2017 10:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Psychology Old Library, University of St Andrews
Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference 2017 Jul 11, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017 — John McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

BRAINS Project

BRAINS: Brain Images of Normal Subjects

Brain Images of Normal Subjects bank (http://www.brainsimagebank.ac.uk) is being developed with more than 1000 normal subjects from across the lifespan. It is collating images, and associated information (metadata) about health (e.g. blood pressure) already collected from people participating in research projects throughout Scotland. Many of these studies include detailed information from across the whole lifecourse, including socioeconomic status, current and previous health, medication use and cognitive ability tests. We are initially focussing on collecting data from studies at the extremes of life (old age and pre- and neo-natal) where there is most variability in brain structure, but we aim to expand the bank to include subjects of all ages.

The bank may be expanded in future to include subjects from other geographical locations, and patients with a range of neurological disorders, e.g. Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and schizophrenia.

The images have been collected in imaging centres across Scotland and are in a range of magnetic resonance (MR) sequences, including T1, T2, T2*, and fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR). When BRAINS is released these will be searchable by a wide range of metadata, e.g. blood pressure, age, MMSE.

BRAINS atlases are based on calculated distributions of brain structure rather than parametric estimates. These will be used to support image analysis research and clinical reporting of brain images.

Key publications and presentations

Development of Human Brain Image Banks and Age-Specific Normative Brain Atlases Workshop 28th-29th August 2014

Visiting students

Steering Committee

The BRAINS steering committee meets twice a year to discuss practical issues of setting up and maintaining the bank, and governance and ethical issues. The committee includes: Principal Investigators of the studies included in the bank (Alasdair MacLullich, Alison Murray, Susan Shenkin, Cyril Pernet, Roger Staff), Joanna Wardlaw, Mark Bastin, James Boardman, Jonathan Cavanagh, Fiona Denison, Ian Deary, Gordon Waiter) , people working on setting up the bank (David Dickie, Dominic Job, David Rodriguez Gonzalez), experts in ethics (Hester Ward) and law (Burkhard Schafer), and lay representatives.

Further Information

For further information please email Dr Susan Shenkin