An ambitious research study into early signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia has begun at University College London, with a cohort of 500 taken from the Medical Research Council’s National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), which started in March, 1946. 

The NSHD Neuroimaging sub-study is led by Dr Jonathan Schott and Prof Nick Fox from the Dementia Research Centre (DRC), with the aim to identity healthy age-related changes to the brain, and those changes which could help predict patients at risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia. The Translational Imaging Group is providing the technical lead on this project.

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We were delighted to partcipate in the UCLH Research Open Day on Tue 23 June 2015.  

At the event our researchers hosted a stand throughout the day, demonstrating our work on Dementia, Epilepsy and Image-Guided Fetal Surgery to the public, being on hand to answer any questions. 

Sjoerd Vos was awarded as a Junior Fellow of the ISMRM at the 2015 annual meeting, in recognition of his contributions to science and the Society.



Burgos, N., Cardoso, M.J., Thielemans, K., Modat, M., Dickson, J., Schott, J.M., Atkinson, D., Arridge, S.R., Hutton, B.F. and Ourselin, S., Multi-contrast Attenuation Map Synthesis for PET/MR Scanners: Assessment on FDG and Florbetapir PET Tracers. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2015

Download it here as Open Access.

Sebastien Ourselin will be presenting the GIFT-Surg project at a keynote lecture in the joint International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society (IFMSS) Annual Conference / Fetal Medicine Foundation World Congress on Sunday June 21st 2015. More information here: IFMSS website, FMF website

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A new site has been launched as part of a collaborative project between the Dementia Research Centre and the Translational Imaging Group (both at UCL). Seeing Dementia offers a unique way for the public to learn about dementia, the diagnostic process and see first-hand the effects of the disease on the brain, whilst contributing to the research outcomes of the project through their participation.



Ninon Burgos was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the 4th Conference on PET/MR and SPECT/MR which was held on 17-20 May 2015, on a beautiful island of Elba, Italy.