2017 SINAPSE ASM - Edinburgh Imaging facilities opened by HRH Princess Royal - Imaging Team of the Year nomination for Edinburgh - Media coverage and public engagement from SINAPSE researchers - Innovate UK funding calls - MIUA 2017 deadline extended - Revival of SINAPSE LinkedIn group - Image of the Month - SINAPSE Member Profile - 7T MRI scientific symposium at Glasgow - Upcoming Events
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Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence


The 2017 SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow on Friday, 16 June 2017. We are delighted to welcome Prof Arno Villringer as our keynote speaker, and we look forward to proffered papers and posters representing the full breadth of SINAPSE imaging research. The deadline for abstract submission is 7th April 2017. More details...

Edinburgh Imaging facilities opened by HRH Princess Royal

On 14th February, two new Edinburgh Imaging facilities were opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the Queen's Medical Research Institute (QMRI) and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE). More details...
Prof Edwin van Beek shows HRH Princess Royal the new Siemens Biograph mMR scanner at QMRI, which is the first MR PET system in Scotland
Prof Joanna Wardlaw gives HRH Princess Royal a tour of the new 3T MRI facility at RIE, which focuses on 'imaging the brain across the lifecourse'

Imaging Team of the Year nomination for Edinburgh

Many congratulations to Edinburgh Imaging's CT team and the Scot-Heart study team, who have been shortlisted as one of the nominations for the BMJ Awards 'Imaging Team of the Year', in connection to the SCOT-HEART trial. More details...

Media coverage and public engagement from SINAPSE researchers

A clinical trial of stem cell therapy for disabled stroke patients led by Prof Keith Muir from the University of Glasgow was featured in the recent BBC documentary "Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me". More details (and link to video)...

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 déjà vu. The video episode is available to watch online.

Innovate UK funding calls

Innovate UK funds and supports business-led innovation for the purpose of economic growth, with academics viewed as valued partners in the innovation landscape. The UK Government recently announced an additional £4.7 billion to be invested in science and innovation by 2020-21; consequently, researchers should be aware of a substantial increase in grant funding via Innovate UK.

Two of four 'sector groups' that Innovate UK has established for current and future funding calls are likely to be of interest to SINAPSE researchers:
  • Health and life sciences (competition now open, with 12 April application deadline; themes include precision medicine - including improved imaging techniques - and preclinical technologies - including biomarker discovery and development platforms)
  • Emerging and enabling technologies (competition will open 6 March, with 10 May application deadline; themes include emerging technologies - including cutting-edge imaging technologies - and digital - including machine learning, and data analytics)
To be eligible for Innovate UK grants, projects must involve at least one UK small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). If you are part of a consortium applying for Innovate UK funding, or if you are interested but need help identifying industry partners, please e-mail

MIUA 2017 deadline extended

The 2017 Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference (MIUA) will take place in Edinburgh from 11th-13th July 2017. Its goals are the dissemination and discussion of research in medical image processing and analysis and aims to encourage the growth and raise the profile of this multi-disciplinary field.

The submission deadline has been extended until the 10th March 2017 for technical papers and 31st March 2017 for clinical abstracts. More details...

Revival of SINAPSE LinkedIn group

The SINAPSE LinkedIn group, which was dormant for several years, has now been revived to once again serve as a source for news and other information of interest to the imaging research community in Scotland. If LinkedIn is your preferred social media platform, please join us!

Remember that SINAPSE can also be followed on Twitter: @SINAPSECENTRE

Image of the Month: White matter hyperintensities

Our March Image of the Month, courtesy of Dr David Alexander Dickie, shows white matter hyperintensities (blue) in structural brain MRI from a middle-aged participant in the UK Biobank study. White matter hyperintensities (WMH) often occur as we get older but also represent an increased risk for early stroke, dementia, and death. However, many people live long and healthy lives in the presence of WMH and so researchers across SINAPSE are working to better understand this process and how to limit its potentially negative impact.
More submissions needed! All 2017 Image of the Month submissions are eligible for the Image of the Year award prize of £80, or a £40 lucky draw prize. E-mail your images of imaging research to for a chance to win!

SINAPSE Member Profile: Islem Rekik

Islem Rekik has recently joined the University of Dundee as a research assistant professor (lecturer) within Computing. As a SINAPSE funded PhD student, she received her PhD degree in "Neuroimaging and Computer Sciences" in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh. She then took a position as a postdoctoral research scholar in modelling and predicting infant brain development at the University of North Carolina, IDEA lab, USA. Her areas of expertise relate to cross-disciplinary fields such as neuroimaging, machine learning, computer vision and signal processing and analysis. Dr Rekik has conducted diverse research projects at the heart of brain development and ageing, brain disease and disorder diagnosis (e.g., ischemic stroke, high and low-grade gliomas) 3D and 4D shape analysis, morphing and evolution prediction as well as image analysis and prediction based on advanced deep machine learning techniques using medical images (e.g., MRI). Her current research aims to infuse advanced machine-learning and computer vision methods into big neuroimaging and signal data analysis for improving healthcare and well-being. Particularly, she is interested in understanding both normal and abnormal brain development and aging, as well as modelling and predicting brain diseases and disorders evolution (e.g., stroke, tumors, Alzheimer's disease). In addition to her international research network connecting the USA, China and Tunisia, she is currently working on building a dense research network within the UK through establishing new collaborations with different Scottish and UK research groups.

7T MRI scientific symposium at Glasgow

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 9:00am-4:30pm
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

To mark the official opening of the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) is pleased to announce an Imaging Symposium to showcase recent developments in 7T MRI across a number of clinical and non-clinical applications.

Speakers: [draft programme]

Prof Keith Muir, University of Glasgow  
     Translational MR: Brain-small vessels, stroke and recovery

Prof Dr Siegfried Trattnig, Medical University of Vienna
     Ultra highfield MR (7T) in MSK imaging 

Prof Thoralf Niendorf, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.)
     Cardiac MR at 7T - Taking the High Road 

Dr Alexander Radbruch, University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) 
     Neuro-oncologic Imaging at 7T 

Dr Jozien Goense, University of Glasgow
     MRI-Physics - at high magnetic field 

Prof Dr Robert Turner, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
     7T MRI: A Game-changer for Imaging Neuroscience 

Dr Christina Triantafyllou, Siemens Healthcare GmbH
     To be confirmed 

Dr David Porter, Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS
     Advances in MRI: Motion Correction and Scan-Time Reduction 

Prof Kamil Urgubil, University of Minnesota
     To be confirmed 

Prof Lars Muckli, University of Glasgow
     Brain and Cognition 

Dr Laurentius Huber, National Institute of Mental Health
     Pushing the resolution of 7T fMRI: What layer-dependent blood volume fMRI can tell us about brain function 

Prof Dr Rainer Goebel, Maastricht University
     Imaging cortical columns and cortical layers at ultra-high magnetic fields: methods and applications

This event is free however registration is mandatory
Register at

Upcoming Events

Scottish Ultrasound Inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting
8th March 2017
Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

Aye Write! book festival event: Caroline Williams, 'Override'
Chaired by Prof Dave Wyper
11th March 2017

CCA, Glasgow

2017 Alzheimer's Research UK Conference
14th-15th March 2017
Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

IMSaT Ian Donald Lecture - Interventional Oncology: the fourth pillar of cancer care
23rd March 2017
Gannochy Trusty Lecture Theatre, Level 7, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory workshop
23rd-24th March 2017
Liège, Belgium

"Imaging, Innovation and Impact" Industry Day and Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) official opening ceremony
29th March 2017
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

Tensor Theory and Applications meeting
30th March 2017
Sanderson Building, King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh
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