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A new image reconstruction tool has been developed to support a landmark longitudinal study of 132 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients led by the Queen Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre (Institute of Neurology).

The study has been tracking a group of patients since the 1980’s and the MRI scans from this time, held at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), are some of the earliest on record. As the files are held on film and pre-date digital archives, modern image analysis techniques which help clinicians to spot changes in brain structure and volume could not be applied.

 

Wellcome / EPSRC Centre Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) researchers and professional services staff have officially relocated to Charles Bell House as of Thursday 7 December 2017.

 

This is your chance to join the largest CDT in medical imaging in the UK. The programme not only provides students with world-leading training and research and strong clinical links, but is also renowned for its collaborative student cohort community and for providing a supportive infrastructure focused on translation of research. 

 

The programme offers: 

  • Methodological research themes cover all aspects of the imaging pipeline
  • Unique partnerships with biomedical research centres provide a comprehensive clinical research portfolio
  • Training and networking opportunities provide you with essential skills for your career
  • A wide range of diverse research projects to choose from

Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

The revolutionary technology has been successfully used for minimally invasive heart surgery in pigs, giving an unprecedented, high-resolution view of soft tissues up to 2.5 cm in front of the instrument, inside the body. 

 

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We are delighted to congratulate Carole Sudre on securing a well-deserved Biomedical Junior Fellowship from Alzheimer’s Society. This fellowship aims to better understand how white matter and neurovascular diseases influence the development and progression of dementia.

Carole completed her studies at Ecole Polytechnique, France with a major in Applied Mathematics and then a Msc in Biomedical Engineering from ETH Zurich. Following a short internship in the Translational Imaging Group (TIG), UCL in 2011, she returned to UCL to undertake her PhD with TIG and the Dementia Research Centre.

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A free workshop led by Dr Prashant Jha taking place during the November reading week.

 

In July 2017 we were delighted to welcome Dr Dan Marcus from Washington University to work with the Translational Imaging Group on a 5 month research placement.

 

Dan is Director of the Neuroinformatics Research Group (NRG), the Neuroimaging Informatics and Analysis Centre and the Director of XNAT from the NRG lab, all at Washington University.

Dan is one of our long-term collaborators and his groups XNAT system is being used for much of the groups research output. XNAT allows us to build and test image processing pipelines which enable the development of robust code for novel algorithms which help diagnose and treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and more.

XNAT is an imaging informatics platform first released in 2004, and we wanted to hear more from the researcher who helped to develop this pioneering tool responsible for over 13 years of safe medical data sharing.