PhD opportunities Press coverage for football heading TMS study - Quiz A Whiz series features Dr Akira O'Connor - 2017 SINAPSE ASM - NRS Career Researcher Fellowships - Image of the Month - SINAPSE Member Profile - 7T MRI seminar series at Glasgow - Upcoming Events
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Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence

PhD opportunities

A number of imaging-related PhD positions with connections to SINAPSE research are currently open. The EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership includes studentship projects available at Aberdeen and at St Andrews. Other studentship projects are available through the MVLS Doctoral Training Programme at Glasgow.

If you are seeking PhD opportunities in imaging research, be sure to check the SINAPSE website regularly, and if you have a PhD vacancy to advertise, please e-mail the details to

Press coverage for football heading TMS study

A transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study which detected changes in brain function following routine football heading, conducted by Dr Magdalena Ietswaart and colleagues from the University of Stirling, has received wide press coverage upon its publication in EBioMedicine. More details...

Quiz A Whiz series features Dr Akira O'Connor

Dr Akira O'Connor from the University of St Andrews recently participated in the Quiz a Whiz series produced by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, answering questions submitted by school pupils on the topic of memory. The video episode is available to watch online.


Date for your diary: the 2017 SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow on Friday, 16 June 2017.

In response to feedback from the 2016 ASM, the 2017 ASM programme is planned to include parallel sessions on the following themes:
  • Methodology and image analysis
  • Psychology and psychiatry
  • Molecular imaging  
  • Clinical applications
Proffered talks and poster presentations will be sought to help fill those sessions with the latest research from SINAPSE members and to stimulate lively discussion, so start planning ahead for abstract submissions! More details to follow.

NRS Career Researcher Fellowships

Applications are invited for NHS Research Scotland Career Researcher Fellowships to support NHS-funded clinical staff in developing a research career within their post. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. Application deadline: 10th November 2016. More details...

Image of the Month: Whole body MRA

Our November Image of the Month, courtesy of Dr Jonathan Weir-McCall and Prof Graeme Houston, illustrates the use of whole body magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) for systematic quantification of the extent of atheromatous disease within the arteries of the entire body in a single examination.

SINAPSE Member Profile: Shaun Stone

At the start of this year, SINAPSE awarded funding for PhD studentships on imaging-related research projects in partnership with external organisations. The Member Profile section of our newsletter is currently being used to introduce the incoming students.
Shaun R. Stone has recently started his PhD studentship at the University of Aberdeen where his project is titled 'Prediction Models of Dementia Risk from Brain MR Images and Proxies of Cognitive Reserve' with Prof Alison Murray and Dr Roger Staff (with co-supervision from Prof Joanna Wardlaw and Prof Craig Ritchie at the University of Edinburgh), funded by SINAPSE and IXICO. The project aims to identify the most important life-course factors and brain biomarkers that influence differences in cognitive reserve and cognitive resilience. These proxies of cognitive decline will then be incorporated into machine learning algorithms for automatic detection and classification of dementia risk from a brain scan. Providing these models are accurate in predicting patient pathology, these approaches will be extremely useful for both clinical/pharmaceutical trials and for earlier diagnosis of patients with dementia. Shaun completed his BSc degree in Psychology with Neuroscience, and MSc degree in Neuroimaging, at Bangor University, North Wales - where he gained experience using a range of neuroimaging techniques. Shaun continues to learn, using his neuro-background to transfer into a medical and diagnostic imaging domain and is looking forward to his future career in research or industry, thanks to this PhD opportunity.

7T MRI seminar series at Glasgow

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 4pm
Professor Thoralf Niendorf, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility
Explorations into Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance: Discover - Devise - Develop - Deploy
Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow
A flyer listing the Autumn/Winter seminars in this series can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Events

Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum
10 November 2016

Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

Data Linkage Scotland Showcase
29 November 2016
Technology Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow

SINAPSE Psychology Meeting
16th January 2017
Psychology Old Library, University of St Andrews
Please contact Kristin Flegal if you are interested in presenting at this meeting
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