7T MRI scanner arrives in Glasgow - Final call for SINAPSE Psychology Meeting presentations - Image of the YEAR competition for 2017 - Experience the 2016 ASM in 360 degree video - NRS Ophthalmology Trainee Research Award - Carnegie Vacation Scholarships - Image of the Month - SINAPSE Member Profile - Upcoming Events
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Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence

7T MRI scanner arrives in Glasgow

The University of Glasgow, in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, has taken delivery of the first 7T clinical MRI scanner in Scotland.

The Siemens Terra system is being installed at the new Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. More details (including exclusive SINAPSE photos, and press coverage with videos)...

Final call for SINAPSE Psychology Meeting presentations

As previously announced, the 1st meeting of the SINAPSE Psychology group will be held on 16th January 2017 at University of St Andrews. The meeting will provide an opportunity for students and early career researchers to present their work in Psychology using imaging methods, and a forum for discussing and receiving input on research ideas or projects in progress. If you are interested in presenting, e-mail by Friday 9th December so that the programme can be finalised. More presentations are welcome, so please get in touch!

Prizes to be won in new Image of the YEAR competition for 2017!

The SINAPSE Image of the Month feature has helped to publicise Scottish imaging research with striking images showcasing the breadth of research across the SINAPSE network. Examples shown below depict 3D PC-MRI, topographic EEG mapping, hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI, whole body MRA, OCT retinal imaging, 7 Tesla fMRI, 18F-Fluorination for radiochemical imaging, and MR elastography.
With a new year almost upon us, a new Image of the Year competition is upping the stakes with prizes to be won! All Image of the Month submissions for 2017 will be eligible for the Image of the Year award prize of £80 to be selected by judging panel next December, and a £40 lucky draw prize from among remaining entries.
The competition kicks off with the January 2017 featured image, so start e-mailing your interesting and impressive images now to, including an image credit and short descriptive caption for each one.

Experience the 2016 ASM in 360 degree video

The 2016 SINAPSE Annual Scientific Meeting hosted by the University of Stirling was captured in a unique 360 degree video format which allows you to experience (or re-experience!) scenes from the event, which you can click and drag to pan around. More details...

NRS Ophthalmology Trainee Research Award

NHS Research Scotland has announced the Ophthalmology Trainee Research Award which provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead ophthalmology research. Ophthalmology trainees with an interest in retinal imaging research may wish to apply! Submission deadline: 27 January 2017. More details...

Carnegie Vacation Scholarships for undergraduate students

Scholarships from the Carnegie Trust are available for Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree course at a Scottish university (in any subject or area), in support of research projects during Summer 2017.

Applications must be submitted online by the project supervisor, and the deadline is 15 March 2017. For full eligibility criteria and to download an application form, visit

Image of the Month: SINAPSE welcome event

Our December Image of the Month shows not a product of SINAPSE imaging research, as featured in previous months, but rather some of our imaging research trainees. A welcome event at the University of Stirling brought together PhD students with SINAPSE funding and others working on selected SINAPSE projects, as well as recent recipients of PECRE awards for international research exchanges. The event attendees produced three-minute videos to describe their imaging research topics to a lay audience, and a sneak peek at some of those made available to view so far can be found on the SINAPSE YouTube channel!

Remember, to be eligible to win 2017 SINAPSE Image of the Year prizes, submit images from your research to starting now, including an image credit and short descriptive caption for each one.

SINAPSE Member Profile: Georgia Alexandrou

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.
Georgia Alexandrou will be starting her PhD studentship at the University of Stirling in January 2017 under the supervision of Prof David Donaldson and is funded by SINAPSE and sportscotland. The PhD project aims to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying expertise by employing mobile electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain activity from the scalp during different sporting contexts. To date, many studies investigating the neural correlates of successful sporting performance have been carried out in lab-based settings and it is currently unclear whether the same findings can be replicated in real world sporting environments. Georgia’s PhD therefore marks a clear departure from previous lab-based studies, thereby improving the ecological validity of neuroimaging evidence of sports related behavior. Georgia completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Cyprus and later gained her master’s degree in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Stirling – where she has been employed as a research assistant for the last two years. Georgia continues to develop her expertise in lab-based EEG methods and is eager to face and overcome the challenges of employing mobile EEG in real world settings. Thanks to this PhD opportunity Georgia is looking forward to her future career in research and academia.

Upcoming Events

SINAPSE Psychology Meeting
16th January 2017
Psychology Old Library, University of St Andrews
Contact Kristin Flegal by 9th December if you are interested in presenting at this meeting

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