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07 May 2020

Centre for Medical Engineering 2020 scanning round awardees announced

The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering has granted nearly £190,000 in an internal competition for scanning projects

Volume Suppressed High-resolution Quantitative MRI for Improved Pancreatic Cancer Assessment. Image: Gastao Lima da Cruz

The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering (CME) has announced the latest round of successful scanning projects, granting nearly £190,000 in an internal competition.

These annual awards aim to fund preliminary data to support fellowship applications or to cover access costs not able to be funded by other means.

Applications were invited from across the Centre which is composed of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences and the Department of Neuroimaging and covered the three clinical challenges; cardiovascular disease, oncology and neurology and psychiatric disorders.

Centre Director, Professor Reza Razavi said despite the difficulties that many researchers are facing currently, the scanning awards are equipping the CME’s researchers with the resources needed to return to work as seamlessly as possible.

Like applications from every year, these projects are truly reflective of the high calibre researchers and strong research going on within the CME. I am confident that even within the current climate these projects will continue to have a profound impact.

Professor Reza Razavi

The awardees will be able to commence their awards once our scanning facilities are open and available again for research scanning.

Fahad Al Salemee, Joanna Bartnicka, Cinzia Imberti, Kavitha Sunassee and Philip Blower; Untangling the link between cisplatin and copper trafficking with dual-isotope radionuclide imaging (£13,515)

Ana Baburamani, Mary Rutherford; Post-Mortem Brain Tissue Resource: Bridging the gap between MRI and Histology (£16,630)

Joanna J Bartnicka, Julia E Blower, Philip J Blower, Tamir Rashid; Improving diagnosis and monitoring response to chelation therapy in Wilson’s disease (WD) by 64Cu PET (£15,900)

Salvatore Bongarzone & Antonio Shegani; Radiovitaminomics: Determining the in vivo trafficking of vitamins using PET imaging (£19,875)

David Carmichael, Shan-Shan Tang, Jon Cleary; Feasibility of 7T sodium MRI in epilepsy patients with SCN1A genetic abnormalities (£17,420)

George Firth; Studying metal trafficking in vivo in health and disease with PET imaging (£17,490)

George Keeling; Do nanoparticulate environmental pollutants enter the brain when inhaled nasally? A potential answer from SPECT and PET in humans (£5,940)

Gastao Lima da Cruz; Volume Suppressed High-resolution Quantitative MRI for Improved Pancreatic Cancer Assessment (£12,975)

Michelle Ma & Andrew Melbourne; Development of a radiotracer library for measuring abnormal placental function (£11,940)

Sohaib Nazir, Georgios Ntenas, Georges Mikhaeel, Sally Barrington; Detection of acute cardiac toxicity in patients undergoing cancer treatment for lymphoma using novel PET/MR imaging (£15,960)

Mary Rutherford; Biomarkers of Anti-Epileptic Drug Teratogenicity (£18,672)

Graeme Stasiuk & Thomas Eykyn; Monitoring of chemotherapeutics through smart dual 19F/1H MRI contrast agents in cancer (£19,670)