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Dr Julian Matthews studied mathematics before completing a Ph.D. in automotive engineering, both at Warwick University in the UK. Since then he has more than 25 years’ experience in medical imaging, specialising in Positron Emission Tomography methodology. He has worked for a number of academic organisations (MRC cyclotron unit – Hammersmith, Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre – Cambridge) and for the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. In January 2005, he returned to academia at the University of Manchester and is currently within the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology. In addition to conducting research into medical imaging methods, he lectures undergraduate physics students and master students in two M.Sc. courses, Imaging Science and Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Research interests

Current research interests include:

  • The application of PET imaging to drug development.
  • The development of less invasive and arduous scanning techniques whilst maintaining data quality.
  • Methodological development in improving signal to noise of PET data, including image reconstruction, kinetic modelling, and methods to optimise data acquisition. 
  • The development and application of combined PET-MR scanners.

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

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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  • SIRF: Synergistic Image Reconstruction Framework

    Ovtchinnikov, E. (Contributor), Brown, R. (Contributor), Kolbitsch, C. (Contributor), Pasca, E. (Contributor), da Costa-Luis, C. (Contributor), Gillman, A. G. (Contributor), Thomas, B. A. (Contributor), Efthimiou, N. (Contributor), Mayer, J. (Contributor), Wadhwa, P. (Contributor), Ehrhardt, M. J. (Contributor), Ellis, S. (Contributor), Jørgensen, J. S. (Contributor), Matthews, J. (Contributor), Prieto, C. (Contributor), Reader, A. J. (Contributor), Tsoumpas, C. (Contributor), Turner, M. (Contributor), Atkinson, D. (Contributor) & Thielemans, K. (Contributor), Mendeley Data, 9 Jan 2020