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Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence

SINAPSE research presented in Taiwan

SINAPSE CEO David Wyper and SINAPSE Lead Scientist Kristin Flegal were among eight delegates from Scotland invited to participate in a neuroscience workshop in Taiwan the first week of November sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).

Prof Wyper and Dr Flegal presented SINAPSE neuroimaging research on the topics of clinical applications and development of novel technologies, and applications in psychology research. The purpose of the workshop was to solicit interest in collaborative research between Scotland and Taiwan, and this was successful for SINAPSE as a promising potential neuroimaging collaboration was identified with Prof Wen-Yih Tseng from National Taiwan University, who is developing novel techniques for diffusion imaging analysis. SINAPSE has submitted an application for RSE International Exchange Programme funding to send two image analysis experts from Scotland to Taiwan next year to facilitate a collaboration that would initially enable SINAPSE data on ageing and birth cohorts to be analysed using algorithms developed by Prof Tseng.
Gathered at National Taiwan University (NTU) on the last day of the workshop, L to R: Cheng-Tung Tao from MoST, Prof Julie Chan from Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Dr Nathalie Rochefort from University of Edinburgh, Dr Flegal, Prof Wyper, Alan Salonika from RSE, and NTU faculty members: Prof Wen-Yih Tseng, Prof Lih-Chu Chiou, Dr Joshua Goh, Dr Hsien-Sung Huang, Prof Chen-Tung Yen, and Dr Ming-Tsung Tseng.

Featured Publications on SINAPSE website

A new section of the SINAPSE website features recent high-profile publications from the network. The inaugural entry this month is an analysis article in BMJ in which Professor Joanna Wardlaw and colleagues address the management of incidental findings in research imaging: Professor Wardlaw discussed the article on a BMJ podcast which can be heard here.

Please notify Kristin Flegal of recent publications from your lab or from your SINAPSE colleagues so that we can feature excellent Scottish imaging research on a monthly basis.

Image of the Month: Carotid Ultrasound

Our December Image of the Month, courtesy of Dr Javaid Iqbal, Dr Paddy Hadoke and Dr Carmel Moran, shows a high resolution ultrasound image of an ex-vivo mouse aorta with branching left carotid and subclavian arteries. The vessel was mounted in agar prior to scanning. Scanning performed by Mr Adrian Thomson, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh.

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 Yee Lee Shing

Yee Lee Shing is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Stirling. She took up this post in August 2015. She is also an adjunct research scientist at the Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Originally coming from Malaysia, she completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in the USA, then moved to Germany and obtained her PhD from the Humboldt University. She is interested in understanding the nature in which human cognitive abilities develop across the lifespan, making use of both neuroimaging and multivariate methodologies to understand brain-behavior relationships. Her research examines how associative and strategic components of episodic memory regulate its functioning and plasticity across different life periods. With the notion that cognitive development is embedded within contexts and influenced by individuals' experiences, she has an ongoing interest in understanding how environmental factors, such as formal school entry and stress-related social disadvantage, may impact cognitive and brain development.

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 2016.

Applications must be submitted online by the project supervisor, and the deadline is 15 March 2016. For full eligibility criteria and to download an application form, visit

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