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Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Introduction to MICL


Established in 2008 the Molecular Imaging Chemistry Laboratory is a state-of-the-art purpose-designed facility for the design, development and preparation of imaging probes, primarily radiolabelled probes for the molecular imaging technique of positron emission tomography (PET). Hence the laboratory is the primary facility for research programmes in this area for various imaging groups based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, as well as collaborators in Cambridge and externally. Activities at the MICL include the preparation of PET radiotracers for the pre-clinical imaging programmes based at the West Forvie Building and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. In addition, a major aspect of the laboratory is training in PET radiochemistry and radiopharmacology, ranging from research degree projects to training in the GMP radiosynthesis of PET radiopharmaceuticals. The MICL complements its sister facility the nearby Radiopharmaceutical Unit, which contains a cyclotron and undertakes good manufacturing practice (GMP) for the preparations of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical PET imaging at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre

The primary group based at the MICL is the research group of Prof Franklin Aigbirhio, who in addition to managing the facilities, they conduct research in the development, characterision and application of PET probes.

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