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Overview

I currently work with Dr Laura Parkes and Prof Geoff Parker on the MR imaging aspects of the EPSRC Sensing and Imaging for Diagnosis of Dementias (SIDD) project "Quantification of vascular and neuronal pathology in dementia using PET and MRI".

My research involves the processing and analyses of novel and advanced biomedical magnetic resonance data to measure structure and function, in health and disease, using software that I develop (in Matlab and C++) and packages provided by other researchers and third parties. My favourite imaging modality is diffusion MRI! I love being a scientist in this field and having the opportunity to work with some amazing people and to travel the world to present our cutting-edge work and findings!

In September 2007, I was elected the first Chair of our University's Disabled Staff Network (DSN) - one of many networks and groups established and supported by the University's Equality & Diversity Office. Amongst many other responsibilities, being Chair of the DSN involves organising and chairing meetings of the DSN, promoting disability equality and representing disabled staff at every level of the University. I remained in this position until August 2013, when I became a Co-Chair.

Biography

Please find details about me on my CV

Research interests

Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computational Analyses
 currently, muli-spectral Neuro MRI (and MRS) in autistic and non-autistic children
 previously, Cardiac MRI in healthy male volunteers
 previous to that, Neuro Diffusion MRI in healthy volunteers and pathology
 and previous to that, Neuro Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI in human oncology
 

Teaching

I am a Group Tutor on the MBChB Portfolio for Personal and Professional Development for Year 1 and Year 2 medical students in the Manchester Medical School - since September 2008

I provide guidance to MSc and PhD students who's research projects relate to my own research interests

My collaborations

  • Professor Geoff Parker
  • Dr Laura Parkes
  • Dr Penny Hubbard
  • Dr Dan Cox
  • Dr Hojjat Azadbakht
  • Professor Tim Cootes
  • Professor Chris Taylor OBE
  • Dr Stavros Stivaros
  • Professor Alan Jackson
  • Dr Claude Bajada
  • Professor Matt Lambon Ralph
  • Professor Daniela Montaldi

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of The Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Student Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Full Member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (as well as its Diffusion & Perfusion Study Group and its British Chapter)

Within The University of Manchester: I am a member of the Biomedical Imaging Institute (BII) and the Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI). I am also a member of the MR Research Group and the Unit of NeuroImaging Techniques (UNIT) in the Centre for Imaging Sciences.

Qualifications

BSc(Hons) in Physics from UMIST (graduated 1998)

MSc in Medical Physics from the Victoria University of Manchester (graduated 2000)

PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis from The University of Manchester (graduated 2005)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Founder & Chair, National Association of Disabled Staff Networks

6 Jun 2014 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute

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