Research conducted within the Centre falls broadly into the categorisations of PET, MR and radiochemistry. However the research questions addressed frequently require a combination of techniques and the proximity of the different technologies is one of the major strengths of the centre.
The WBIC conducts research in the development and application of advanced imaging techniques using Positron Emission Tomography (GE Advance, GE cyclotron, CTI-Concorde microPET), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Siemens 3T & 7T MRI, GE PET/MR), and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Active research programmes exist with opportunities for chemists, pharmacologists, biologists, physicists, computer scientists and clinicians. Examples include the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals, reconstruction algorithms, scanner modelling and kinetic modelling (PET), diffusion tensor analysis and modelling, sequence development (MRI), image possessing, fMRI. These techniques are used to study the development and treatment of a wide range of diseases including stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, diabetes, athersclerosis, and cancer.
PhD Research Projects
As part of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, we receive direct PhD applications through the departmental training programme. However many other research students affiliated to the University or MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit collaborate with the Centre, and make use of our facilities.