PhD opportunities MIUA 2017 upcoming abstract deadline - Call for Scottish Crucible 2017 applications - Image of the Month - SINAPSE Member Profile - 7T MRI seminar series at Glasgow - Upcoming Events
View this email in your browser

Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence

   Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017!

PhD opportunities

A number of imaging-related PhD positions with connections to SINAPSE research are currently open, including MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Precision Medicine studentships at Edinburgh (deadline: 9 January) involving computer-aided CT imaging or optical coherence tomography imaging, and SPRINT-MND/MS PhD programme studentships at Aberdeen and Edinburgh (deadline: 20 January).

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

MIUA 2017 - Upcoming submission deadline

Technical papers and clinical abstracts are invited for the Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference (MIUA) which will take place in Edinburgh from 11th-13th July 2017. The paper submission deadline is 24 February. More details...

Call for Scottish Crucible 2017 applications

Applications are invited from early career researchers (in academia or industry) for the Scottish Crucible leadership and development programme. Successful candidates will participate in three intensive residential workshop programmes, to be held in April, June and July. Application deadline: 31 January. More details...

Image of the Month: Age associations with brain white matter tracts

Our January Image of the Month, courtesy of Dr Simon Cox and Dr Stuart Ritchie, illustrates association magnitudes (standardised βs) between age and mean diffusivity of brain white matter tracts measured with MRI in a sample of more than 3,500 participants from the UK Biobank study. In this group of generally healthy middle-aged and older adults, tract-specific associations between age and less healthy white matter were strongest in thalamic and association pathways, and weakest in projection fibres.
This month's image is the first entry in the SINAPSE Image of the Year competition for 2017, and thus in the running for an award prize of £80! For your own chance to win, e-mail your images of imaging research now to

SINAPSE Member Profile: Maria Clara Liuzzi

The Member Profile section of our newsletter is currently being used to introduce PhD students with funding support from SINAPSE.
Maria Clara Liuzzi has recently started her PhD studentship at the University of Glasgow, undertaking a project funded by The Neurosciences Foundation, AstraZeneca and SINAPSE. The general aim of her project is the performance, validation, and optimization of nuclear imaging as an useful tool to help in the early diagnosis and detection of brain tumours, as well as the validation of new antitumoral agents. The project will begin with the study and optimization of synthetic chemistry techniques for the development of new PARP-1 inhibitors (Olaparib-like) for the treatment of Glioblastoma and other brain tumours. After that will be the study and development of synthetic routes for the production of the relative radiotracers, that then will be used for pre-clinical imaging. The main imaging technique to be used will be the PET scan, therefore the radiotracers to be produced will be 18F-labelled. Maria studied Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bari, Italy, from where she earned the MSc equivalent "Laurea Magistrale" degree, after a final research project in Medicinal Chemistry studying the development of new antitumoral drugs for the treatment of Ovarian Cancer. She then moved to the UK and, after spending a gap year in Manchester, completed a MRes course in Drug Discovery at the University of Strathclyde, where she was involved in a research project about the early-stage biological validation of new agents for targeting therapies against Advanced and Metastatic Prostate Cancer. She is looking forward to gaining expertise in the Medical Imaging field as a tool for diagnosis and treatment of Cancer, and in the future she hopes to continue working in Drug Discovery and Development for the study and treatment of Cancer Diseases.

At the recent SINAPSE welcome event for incoming PhD students and early career researchers, Maria produced an excellent three-minute video to describe her PhD project to a lay audience, which can be viewed here!

7T MRI seminar series at Glasgow

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 4pm
Professor Kamil Uludag, Maastricht University
Foundations of functional MRI & human brain imaging at 7 Tesla 
Gannochy Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow
A flyer listing the seminars in this series can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Events

SINAPSE Psychology Meeting
16th January 2017 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Psychology Old Library, University of St Andrews
Programme now available at the event link above

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory workshop 
23rd-24th March 2017
Liège, Belgium
Copyright © 2017 SINAPSE, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp