A team of the Epilepsy Imaging group and TIG presented their research at the UCLH Open Day on July 4th. Sjoerd Vos, Lorenzo Caciagli, and Shahrzad Shapoori interacted with patients and their families, UCLH staff, and other interested members of public to present our research on epilepsy imaging in general, and its use for neurosurgical planning.

We would like to offer our congratulations to Andrew Melbourne who has recently been promoted to Lecturer in Advanced Computational Imaging within the Translational Imaging Group (TIG).  Working closely with clinical colleagues Andrew designs advanced quantitative imaging methods to answer research questions in the neonatal and adult brain and is developing novel techniques for fetal imaging at University College Hospital.




Rosalind Pratt was awarded the prize for the best oral presentation in the 2017 Institute for Women’s Health Annual Conference on 7th July for her talk entitled “Investigating Placental Efficiency: Novel Analysis of the Fetoplacental Vascular Tree”. The presentation described how an analysis of the placental vascular tree can be used to identify differences in the functional properties of healthy and pathological placentae. Amazing work!

David Owen and Andrew Melbourne were invited to speak about their work at a fascinating one-day session of talks, held at St. Thomas’ Hospital on using MRI to investigate placenta structure and function.  David presented his work on the use of Bayesian experimental design to optimise image acquisition and Andrew presented his work on using MRI to discriminate maternal and fetal blood flow in the placenta. Both presentations were extremely well-received.

BrainMiner were awarded UCLB’s One-To-Watch Award at UCLB’s Annual Summer Reception on Tuesday 20th June 2017. 


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BrainMiner is an innovative imaging solution provider established by Professor Sebastien Ourselin, Dr M. Jorge Cardoso, and Dr Marc Modat following successful research collaborations between the Translational Imaging Group (TIG), the Department of Neuroradiology (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery) and the Dementia Research Centre (UCL Institute of Neurology).


 Dr Ferran Prados, working for the Translational Imaging Group (University College London), has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Guarantors of Brain. The Brain Fellowship aims to provide support for non-clinical postdoctoral career researchers who are working on bringing basic science approaches to bear on key problems within clinical neuroscience.




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Our recent paper in The Lancet Neurology shows that simvastatin can improve cognitive function in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). Read more about this work on UCL news or on, and about the next phase of the statin trials on the guardian website. Download the paper here or click read more. 

The Translational Imaging Group, in collaboration with the Queen's Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre, recently published work in Multiple Sclerosis Journal on spinal cord atrophy.