The 16th SINAPSE ASM was a one-day event on the 12th of June 2024. We were hosted by the University of Stirling in the Pathfoot Building. The full agenda, abstracts and keynote speaker biographies are available in the 2024 programme.

The first Plenary Session was opened by Dr Magdalena Ietswaart welcoming the visitors to Stirling, followed by an introduction from SINAPSE Director, Dr Jennifer Macfarlane. Our first presentation was from Dr Najat Salameh and Dr Mathieu Sarracanie (University of Aberdeen) who introduce their newly opened Centre for Adaptable MRI Technology. This was followed by our first Keynote, from Dr Ian Wilson (National PET Imaging Platform) on “Implementation of a National Total Body PET platform in the UK: How will NPIP use Total Body PET in research?”. The morning Plenary closed with Dr Alan Anderson (Optos) talking about “Imaging Projects and Initiatives with Optos”.

Dr Ian Wilson introduces the National PET Imaging Platform
Dr Alan Anderson explains Optos’ work with SINAPSE partners











After the tea break there were three parallel sessions – Parallel 1: Methods Development, chaired by Dr Sergio Dall’Angelo (University of Aberdeen); Parallel 2: Clinical Applications, chaired by Dr Isla Barnard (University of Dundee); Parallel 3: Psychology/Psychiatry, chaired by Dr William McGeown (University of Strathclyde).

Another series of Parallel Sessions followed lunch – Parallel 4: Image Analysis, chaired by Dr Nicholas Senn (University of Aberdeen); Parallel 5: Ultrasound, chaired by Prof Sandy Cochran (University of Glasgow).

Plenary Session 2 followed a tea break, chaired by Dr Magdalena Ietswaart. This opened with this year’s ECR Rising Star talk, given by Dr Magda Mustile (Université Catholique de Louvain) concerned “Mobile brain imaging in Parkinson’s Disease”. Our second and final Keynote was from Dr Kathy Ruddy (Queen’s University Belfast) on “Advancing Brain-Computer Interfaces from bench to bedside for neurorehabilitation using TMS-Neurofeedback”.

Dr Magda Mustile gives the 2024 ECR Rising Star talk
Dr Kathy Ruddy gives the 2nd Keynote presentation











Dr Jennifer Macfarlane announced the prize winners, for the best presentation in each Parallel Session, best poster, and best runner-up poster and closed the event for this year.

The exhibition featured stands and representatives from Siemens Healthineers, NordicNeuroLab, Life MI, Tayside Innovation Medtech Ecosystem, HIC, Brain Health ARC and Canon.


We’d like to thank our volunteers for making the event run so well Hamzeh Norouzi, Danishta Kaul, Claire Rogers, Yilong Zhang, and Emily Cunningham.

Prize Winners:

Parallel 1: Methods Development – Bernadette Andrews, University of Edinburgh

Parallel 2: Clinical Applications – Rozanna Meijboom, University of Edinburgh

Parallel 3: Psychology/Psychiatry – Michelle Sader, University of Aberdeen

Parallel 4: Image Analysis – William Gilmour, NHS Tayside

Parallel 5: Ultrasound – Han Li, University of Dundee

Best Poster: Danishta Kaul, University of Stirling

Poster Runner-up: Eva Clarkson, University of Strathclyde