Prof David Wyper, director of SINAPSE from Apr 2010 through to Mar 2017, retires.
As Prof Wyper hands on the Directorship, we thank him for his massive contribution to the ongoing success of imaging research in Scotland & in Edinburgh.
Prof Wyper has been instrumental in cementing SINAPSE into a strong National Organisation for imaging research in Scotland.
He led the successful bid to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and host universities for SINAPSE-2 funding 2014-2019 which supports ongoing SINAPSE co-ordination, studentships, researcher exchanges (PECRE), European initiatives (PEER) and many other aspects of imaging infrastructure which have brought major benefit to Edinburgh.
Prof Wyper broadened research collaborations with centres in many other parts of the world, including the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded exchange with the National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Other research exchange opportunities from which Edinburgh has benefitted via PECRE (postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchange), include:
The Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER) funding resulted in the award of the EU H2020 SVDs@Target multicentre study and the highly competitive Fondation LEDUCQ Transatlantic Network of Excellence in Small Vessel Diseases which Edinburgh leads.
It’s easy to forget, as the years pass, that it has been 10 years since SINAPSE started.
So in addition to thanking David, we would like to acknowledge just how much the University of Edinburgh has benefitted from SINAPSE.
SINAPSE provided initial funding for several Chairs, midlevel researcher, radiochemistry, radiographer and administrative posts. It also provided our students and post-docs with access to a general imaging training environment, and senior staff gain access to collaborations and opportunities which we would not have been able to access so easily by other means.
The University of Edinburgh would like to take this opportunity of thanking Professor David Wyper and SINAPSE for their support, and wish David a very happy and well-deserved retirement.