There are around 20,000 genes in the human genome. Understanding these genes and how they might indicate predisposition to certain diseases is an increasing research focus.

In neuroimaging specifically there is strong evidence to suggest that genes may hold the key to understanding neurodegenerative and neurological conditions for which we currently can’t predict or treat effectively. However, due to the sheer volume of scale in the human genome current studies normally focus on predefined regions of the brain or genes of interest.

A recently funded NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme aims to improve outcomes for liver cancer patients by making “keyhole” surgery more accessible. 

The three-year project, led by Dr Matt Clarkson, was launched at a meeting on Thursday 8 February 2018. The meeting brought together patient representatives, funders and collaborators for an overview of the project’s objectives and an exciting demonstration of the existing SmartLiver technology that the project will build from.

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.