Celebrating a 'Year of Imaging'
The team at Edinburgh Imaging has deemed 2017 as a ‘Year of Imaging’ – a series of events celebrating their ever expanding facilities and expertise.
Edinburgh Imaging is an academic hub of expertise in medical imaging, pre-clinical imaging, microscopy, image analysis and imaging science education.
It is part way through a significant expansion of its facilities funded by a £14M investment and with over 100 members it is one of the largest imaging teams in the UK.
Leading the field
Edinburgh Imaging now houses six scanners making it one of the largest in Europe with ties to clinical care. One of those scanners is a new PET MR scanner, the first of its kind in Scotland.
A calendar highlight of the year thus far was when the Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the new Imaging facilities at both the QMRI and Royal Infirmary.
At the end of June 2017 Edinburgh Imaging are hosting the sell-out Edinburgh Imaging Opening Symposium, a celebration of the new facilities with funders, colleagues and associated clinicians and researchers.
Working closely with clinicians and scientists, Edinburgh Imaging aim to enhance quality of life for patients and create solutions to disease.
The close working partnership between University and NHS colleagues within the team exemplifies the ‘bench to bedside’ ethos as was recently recognised in the BMJ award win.
Edinburgh Imaging is very much about breaking down barriers between disciplines and encouraging cross-collaboration between academic and clinical work
Edinburgh is at the forefront of developing advanced imaging techniques to provide insight into the vascular contributions to disease such as dementia.
The facilities and expertise here played a key role in Edinburgh’s selection as one of 6 centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute, a £250m initiative to combat the disease.
A £1.2m UK wide collaborative project is being led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw aiming to improve how doctors identify and treat dementia that occurs following a stroke. The clinical study will involve 2000 stroke patients and Edinburgh is one of nine UK institutions involved.
By comparing those who develop vascular dementia after stroke with those who don’t we hope to find out what causes vascular dementia, and find a way to prevent it.
The new facilities are also at the centre of several recent grants to study small vessel disease.