UK PET Chemistry Workshop on Radiotracer Dispensing Oct 21, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — KCL, London
Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum Nov 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — University of Stirling
IPEM Advanced Neuro MRI Nov 15, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Birmingham


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. **Unfortunately these do not currently work in browsers**

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

PECRE past award recipients

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Congratulations to SINAPSE recipients of PECRE funding for international research exchanges


Round 9 (2020-2021)


Round 8 (2019-2020)


Round 7 (2018-2019)


Round 6 (2017-2018)


Round 5 (2016-2017)


Round 4 (2015-2016)

  • Ellen Backhouse visited the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a project investigating the effect of malnutrition during gestation on later life health - focusing on cerebral small vessel disease burden, assessed using MRI markers, and depression - in the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort.
    • Ellen describes her research on early life risk factors for stroke in a 3-minute video here!


  • Benjamin Dering visited the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy to learn a new technique used in animal studies, single cell patch clamp electrophysiology, which has complemented his existing human neuroimaging work by enabling him to study electrophysiological signals that may be comparable between animal and human models.


  • Simon Ladouce visited the University of Oldenburg in Germany and Brussels University in Belgium to learn from leading groups in the emerging field of mobile EEG, which allowed him to develop technical expertise including specialised signal processing and analysis methods for addressing challenges unique to mobile EEG recordings such as motion-related noise.
    • Simon describes his mobile EEG research in a 3-minute video here!


  • Conor MacDonald visited the imaging contrast agent manufacturer Guerbet in Paris, France for a joint industry-academia project involving MRI and CT contrast agent applications.


  • Jamie Murray visited Humboldt University and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany to learn a new method for correcting latency variability in EEG event-related potentials using single trial analysis, which he has applied to data from a study of ageing and memory for a more reliable comparison of neural data between older and younger adults.


  • Monica Piras visited the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, Italy to develop tumour xenograft mouse models for in vivo evaluation of novel molecular imaging probes.


  • Laura Young visited the imaging contrast agent manufacturer Guerbet in Paris, France for a joint industry-academia project investigating the safety and efficacy of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents.


    Round 3 (2014-2015)

    • Eric Barnhill visited the Charité - Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany for a project investigating the the sensitivity of Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) for detecting age related changes in brain tissues.


    • Bharath Kumar Cheripelli visited Aarhus University in Denmark for a project evaluating capillary transit time heterogeneity (CTTH) as an image analysis technique for mapping of core and penumbra in acute ischemic stroke.


    • Samuel Danso visited Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, USA to develop analytical tools for application to BRAINS imagebank linked data and other imaging databases being developed by SINAPSE researchers.


    • Anna Heye visited Oregon Health & Science University in Oregon, USA, Copenhagen University in Denmark, and University Hospital Rome in Italy for a project investigating dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI image analysis and modeling approaches.


    • Dominic Job visited McGill University in Montreal, Canada, UCLA in California, USA, Washington University in Missouri, USA, and Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique in France to improve the infrastructure and sustainability of the BRAINS imagebank and ensure compatibility with established international banks to allow integration of images and phenotypic data.


    • Cyril Pernet visited Toulouse Cedex in France for a project integrating the LIMO EEG toolbox he developed for the statistical analysis of EEG data with EEGLAB software.


    Round 2 (2013-2014)

    • Dorota Chapko visited UCSF in California, USA to learn neuroimaging data modelling techniques relevant to life-course research.


    • Panos Lepipas visited the TRIUMF National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics in Vancouver, Canada for a project involving medical radioisotope production using next generation laser wakefield accelerators.


    • Islem Rekik visited Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA to develop computational models of changes in brain imaging data.


    Round 1 (2012-2013)

    • Sergio Dall'Angelo visited Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA to study a 'late-stage' fluorination process holding promise to revolutionise the field of PET radiofluorination.


    • David Dickie visited McGill University in Montreal, Canada, UCLA in California, USA, and Washington University in Missouri, USA, for a project developing a 'living brain bank' using MR images of normal subjects already acquired as part of research projects across SINAPSE.


    • Andreas Glatz visited Medical University Graz in Austria to develop MRI sequences to analyse basal ganglia iron deposits that are putative biomarkers for cognitive aging and small vessel disease.


    • Dima Maneuski visited the University of Liège in Belgium for a project evaluating the medipix detector for use in radioisotope generators.


    • Ravi Mill visited Washington University in Missouri, USA, to learn a new technique, infrared eye-tracking, which instilled his primary research interest of exploring multiple neuroimaging modalities in the study of cognition.


    • Meg Pajak visited University of Valencia in Spain and Notre Dame University in Indiana, USA to develop expertise in micro-SPECT-PET-CT image acquisition, protocol development, and performance assessment.


    • Joanne Park visited the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pennsylvania, USA to learn fMRI techniques which complemented her existing Event-Related Potential (ERP) work in human memory research.