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Neuroimaging

Professor David Linden

MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics,
Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience,
School of Medicine, Cardiff University
Henry Wellcome Building, Heath Park,
Cardiff CF14 4XN, United Kingdom

Email: LindenD@cf.ac.uk

Phone: +44 29 20 687 064

Group membership

The group is open to all clinicians, researchers, service users and carers in Wales or with links to Wales who are interested in neuroimaging research in the fields of mental health and neurodegeneration.

Purpose of group

To promote research activities, training and discussion in the area of neuroimaging research into mental health and neurodegeneration across Wales.

The aim of the group is to develop collaborative proposals for clinical projects utilising the techniques of structural and functional imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and single-photon emission tomography.

Structural and functional imaging techniques have become core methods of psychiatric research. They can contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms of mental disorders, the development of biomarkers, the assessment of treatment effects and the development of new therapeutic strategies. With two established (Bangor, Cardiff) and one developing (Swansea) academic imaging research centres, Wales is very well placed to play a future leading role in psychiatric imaging. This can be aided by the excellent research and patient recruitment infrastructure afforded by MHRN-C and the multitude of collaboration opportunities with related disciplines, particularly in the field of psychiatric genetics and basic neurobiology. However, the recruitment of sufficient numbers of well-characterised patients is sometimes difficult, particularly in rural areas, and collaboration across Wales therefore beneficial. This group would provide a useful platform for academics, clinicians, patients and carers to interact and jointly develop a research programme that fulfils both clinical and academic needs. A further positive outcome of this group would be the pooling of expertise (e.g., MR physics, specialist hard- and software development) across institutions and the streamlining of imaging protocols for multicentre studies.

Summary of activity

  • Discussion of research ideas and research plans.
  • Support with research design, funding and related applications.
  • Regular conferences and training events across Wales.
  • Establishing contacts between clinicians, researchers and service user representatives with mutual interests.

Publications

As provided in quarterly reports.

Meetings and events

17/18 November 2011, Cardiff: Advances in Clinical Neuroimaging.

Specific funding sources

Research of members of the group is supported by NISCHR, MRC, BBSRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust and other national and international funding agencies and charities.