Dr Mark Bastin


Research summary

My research uses diffusion and structural MRI to investigate the connectivity of cerebral white matter, the brain’s wiring, and its relationship to cognitive ability in both health and disease.

Current areas of interest include normal ageing, preterm birth, motor neurone disease, MS, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Collaborations stretch across the University and include psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neonatologist and informaticians.

Research aims and areas of interest

My primary research interest is in the development of MRI acquisition methods and image processing techniques and their application to the study of white matter in the brain. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging and tractography
  • Magnetization transfer magnetic resonance imaging
  • Quantitative spin-lattice relaxation (T1) measurement
  • Application to normal ageing, preterm birth, brain tumours, MND, MS, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

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