SINAPSE Seed Fund Studentships - International Year of Light Video Competition - Calling SINAPSE Psychologists - Image of the Month - SINAPSE Member Profile - Upcoming Events
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Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence

SINAPSE Seed Fund Studentships

Seed funding is available to support PhD studentships with starting dates around August 2016. Applications to fund students on imaging-related research projects are invited from SINAPSE members (up to four applicants per project) in partnership with external organisations. Each awarded studentship will receive £30K over three years from SINAPSE, with matched funding to be provided by the partner organisation. Click here for the application form.

The closing date for applications is
18 December 2015, so that the awarded studentships may be advertised in early 2016.

Informal e
nquiries can be directed to

International Year of Light 3 minute video competition

SINAPSE is teaming up with the Institute of Physics in Scotland to take part in a project asking post graduate students and early career researchers to send in videos explaining how light is used their research. The broad definition of 'light' is being used – anything in the electromagnetic spectrum including PET, SPECT, MRI and [obviously] optical imaging. Can you explain your research to a high school audience?

The competition is calling for videos of up to three minutes in length on the theme of light. Smartphone recordings are fine, but please try to ensure the sound is good quality. A panel of judges will select the top three videos and these will be “packaged” by a professional recording company and made available to schools as well as being promoted on a YouTube channel.
The best video from SINAPSE will also win £100.

The deadline for submission is 30 November 2015. For enquiries, or to submit a video, please e-mail Mat Wasley:, and copy to

Calling SINAPSE Psychologists

A new SINAPSE mailing list and discussion forum on the topic of imaging methods in Psychology research has been created, and a members-only Psychology section of the SINAPSE website will be in place soon. If this is your area of research, please subscribe to the new mailing list for latest updates:

Image(s) of the Month(s)

Our September Image of the Month (above left), courtesy of Dr David Dickie, shows that the appearance of brain structure in a group of subjects diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) versus a normal control group changes based on the statistical method used.

Our October Image of the Month (above right), courtesy of Dr Tom MacGillivray and Mr Gavin Robertson, shows a probability map of the retinal vasculature taken using an ultra widefield scanning laser ophthalmoscope.

We invite all SINAPSE members to help us continue to publicise Scottish imaging research by e-mailing your interesting and impressive images to, including an image credit and short descriptive caption for each one (and optionally a link to your research webpage).

SINAPSE Member Profile: Dr Adriana Tavares

Adriana Tavares has recently setup a new preclinical PET/CT laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. Her background is in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Previously she was a SINAPSE funded PhD student at the University of Glasgow working on the development of novel SPECT radiotracers for imaging the noradrenaline transporters and the translocator protein. Post successful completion of her PhD, she took a position as image processing analyst at Molecular NeuroImaging (MNI) in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. There she worked on the development of several PET and SPECT radiotracers, including radioiodinated and fluorinated ligands for imaging the serotonin receptors (5HT1A, 5HT4, 5HT7…), the adenosine type 2A receptors (A2A), the sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors (S1P) and the phosphodiesterase type 10A. She has over 40 publications, including a book chapter, research articles and conference proceedings. Since her return to Scotland, Adriana has established collaborations with various groups within the University of Edinburgh and has also reconnected with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. Her current research in Edinburgh is focused on the development of novel PET radiotracers for imaging lysophospholipid receptors and on the use of preclinical PET/CT for characterization of animal models, including genetically altered rodent models. She is also working on the translation of a new PET radiotracer for imaging the translocator protein from rodents to man.

Upcoming Events

8 October 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
The River Room, Level 9, Tower Block, University of Dundee

4th Annual Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum
22 October 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling
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