Alison Dorothy Murray


  • AB25 2ZD

  • 2860 Citations
1992 …2019
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Research Overview:

Professor Alison Murray is the Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She is Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre   Lilian Sutton Building, University of Aberdeen. This houses the 3T research magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Research MRI facilities are located within the acute NHS hospital and are immediately adjacent to the John Mallard Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre and the NHS Department of Nuclear Medicine, facilitating combined studies of brain structure and function.

She leads clinical brain imaging research in structural and functional brain imaging correlates of cognitive ageing and dementia and recent work includes MRI in the Aberdeen 1936 Birth Cohort, and MRI, regional cerebral blood flow SPECT and FDG PET in clinical trials of novel Tau Aggregation Inhibitor therapies in Alzheimer's disease.  Particular interests are the relative cotributions of vascular risk factors and subclinical Alzheimer's disease to cognitve ageing and contributors to conitive researve and resilience against dementia.  She is also involved in brain imaging research in other neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases, utilising quantitative assessment of brain volumes, disease burden and function. 

She has extensive clinical experience of brain imaging in dementia, being responsible for over 500 nuclear medicine brain regional cerebral blood flow SPECT studies per annum, receptor studies in movement disorder and, previously with colleagues in Nuclear Medicine, development of national clinical positron emission service across Scotland.

She is a founding member and executive member of the Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE)  a successful brain imaging pooling initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council and participating universities to develop state of the art brain imaging research training and resources across Scotland.

Research Keywords:

medicine; neuroradiology; normal cognitive ageing; dementia



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Research Output 1992 2019

Imprinting methylation in SNRPN and MEST1 in adult blood predicts cognitive ability

Lorgen-Ritchie, M., Murray, A. D., Ferguson-Smith, A. C., Richards, M., Horgan, G. W., Phillips, L. H., Hoad, G., Gall, I., Harrison, K., McNeill, G., Ito, M. & Haggarty, P. 1 Feb 2019 In : PLoS ONE. 14, 2, e0211799

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
snRNP Core Proteins
genomic imprinting

Multi-ancestry study of blood lipid levels identifies four loci interacting with physical activity

Kilpeläinen, T. O. , Bentley, A. R. , Noordam, R. , Sung, Y. J. , Schwander, K. , Winkler, T. W. , Jakupović, H. , Chasman, D. I. , Manning, A. , Ntalla, I. , Aschard, H. , Brown, M. R. , de las Fuentes, L. , Franceschini, N. , Guo, X. , Vojinovic, D. , Aslibekyan, S. , Feitosa, M. F. , Kho, M. , Musani, S. K. & 218 others Richard, M., Wang, H., Wang, Z., Bartz, T. M., Bielak, L. F., Campbell, A., Dorajoo, R., Fisher, V., Hartwig, F. P., Horimoto, A. R. V. R., Li, C., Lohman, K. K., Marten, J., Sim, X., Smith, A. V., Tajuddin, S. M., Alver, M., Amini, M., Boissel, M., Chai, J. F., Chen, X., Divers, J., Evangelou, E., Gao, C., Graff, M., Harris, S. E., He, M., Hsu, F-C., Jackson, A. U., Zhao, J. H., Kraja, A. T., Kühnel, B., Laguzzi, F., Lyytikäinen, L-P., Nolte, I. M., Rauramaa, R., Riaz, M., Robino, A., Rueedi, R., Stringham, H. M., Takeuchi, F., van der Most, P. J., Varga, T. V., Verweij, N., Ware, E. B., Wen, W., Li, X., Yanek, L. R., Amin, N., Arnett, D. K., Boerwinkle, E., Brumat, M., Cade, B., Canouil, M., Chen, Y-D. I., Concas, M. P., Connell, J., de Mutsert, R., de Silva, H. J., de Vries, P. S., Demirkan, A., Ding, J., Eaton, C. B., Faul, J. D., Friedlander, Y., Gabriel, K. P., Ghanbari, M., Giulianini, F., Gu, C. C., Gu, D., Harris, T. B., He, J., Heikkinen, S., Heng, C-K., Hunt, S. C., Ikram, M. A., Jonas, J. B., Koh, W-P., Komulainen, P., Krieger, J. E., Kritchevsky, S. B., Kutalik, Z., Kuusisto, J., Langefeld, C. D., Langenberg, C., Launer, L. J., Leander, K., Lemaitre, R. N., Lewis, C. E., Liang, J., Alizadeh, B. Z., Boezen, H. M., Franke, L., Navis, G., Rots, M., Swertz, M., Wolffenbuttel, B. H. R., Wijmenga, C., Liu, J., Mägi, R., Manichaikul, A., Meitinger, T., Metspalu, A., Milaneschi, Y., Mohlke, K. L., Mosley, T. H., Murray, A. D., Nalls, M. A., Nang, E-E. K., Nelson, C. P., Nona, S., Norris, J. M., Nwuba, C. V., O’Connell, J., Palmer, N. D., Papanicolau, G. J., Pazoki, R., Pedersen, N. L., Peters, A., Peyser, P. A., Polasek, O., Porteous, D. J., Poveda, A., Raitakari, O. T., Rich, S. S., Risch, N., Robinson, J. G., Rose, L. M., Rudan, I., Schreiner, P. J., Scott, R. A., Sidney, S. S., Sims, M., Smith, J. A., Snieder, H., Sofer, T., Starr, J. M., Sternfeld, B., Strauch, K., Tang, H., Taylor, K. D., Tsai, M. Y., Tuomilehto, J., Uitterlinden, A. G., van der Ende, M. Y., van Heemst, D., Voortman, T., Waldenberger, M., Wennberg, P., Wilson, G., Xiang, Y-B., Yao, J., Yu, C., Yuan, J-M., Zhao, W., Zonderman, A. B., Becker, D. M., Boehnke, M., Bowden, D. W., de Faire, U., Deary, I. J., Elliott, P., Esko, T., Freedman, B. I., Froguel, P., Gasparini, P., Gieger, C., Kato, N., Laakso, M., Lakka, T. A., Lehtimäki, T., Magnusson, P. K. E., Oldehinkel, A. J., Penninx, B. W. J. H., Samani, N. J., Shu, X-O., van der Harst, P., Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, J. V., Vollenweider, P., Wagenknecht, L. E., Wang, Y. X., Wareham, N. J., Weir, D. R., Wu, T., Zheng, W., Zhu, X., Evans, M. K., Franks, P. W., Gudnason, V., Hayward, C., Horta, B. L., Kelly, T. N., Liu, Y., North, K. E., Pereira, A. C., Ridker, P. M., Tai, E. S., van Dam, R. M., Fox, E. R., Kardia, S. L. R., Liu, C-T., Mook-Kanamori, D. O., Province, M. A., Redline, S., van Duijn, C. M., Rotter, J. I., Kooperberg, C. B., Gauderman, W. J., Psaty, B. M., Rice, K., Munroe, P. B., Fornage, M., Cupples, L. A., Rotimi, C. N., Morrison, A. C., Rao, D. C., Loos, R. J. F. & Study, L. C. 22 Jan 2019 In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 11 p., 376

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access
Cohort Studies
Linear regression
1 Citations

The Neurobiology of Personal Control During Reward Learning and Its Relationship to Mood

Romaniuk, L., Sandu-Giuraniuc, A-L., Waiter, G. D., McNeil, C. J., Xueyi, S., Harris, M. A., Macfarlane, J. A., Lawrie, S. M., Deary, I. J., Murray, A. D., Delgardo, M. R., Steele, J. D., McIntosh, A. M. & Whalley, H. C. Feb 2019 In : Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 4, 2, p. 190-199 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations

A Large-Scale Multi-ancestry Genome-wide Study Accounting for Smoking Behavior Identifies Multiple Significant Loci for Blood Pressure

Sung, Y. J. , Winkler, T. W. , de Las Fuentes, L. , Bentley, A. R. , Brown, M. R. , Kraja, A. T. , Schwander, K. , Ntalla, I. , Guo, X. , Franceschini, N. , Lu, Y. , Cheng, C-Y. , Sim, X. , Vojinovic, D. , Marten, J. , Musani, S. K. , Li, C. , Feitosa, M. F. , Kilpeläinen, T. O. , Richard, M. A. & 31 others Noordam, R., Aslibekyan, S., Aschard, H., Bartz, T. M., Dorajoo, R., Liu, Y., Manning, A. K., Rankinen, T., Smith, A. V., Tajuddin, S. M., Tayo, B. O., Warren, H. R., Zhao, W., Zhou, Y., Matoba, N., Sofer, T., Alver, M., Amini, M., Boissel, M., Chai, J. F., Chen, X., Divers, J., Gandin, I., Gao, C., Giulianini, F., Goel, A., Harris, S. E., Hartwig, F. P., Horimoto, A. R. V. R., Murray, A. D. & CHARGE Neurology Working Group 1 Mar 2018 In : American Journal of Human Genetics. 102, 3, p. 375-400 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blood Pressure
Genome-Wide Association Study
Blood Vessels


Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Alison Dorothy Murray (Recipient), 26 Feb 2018

Prize: Election to learned society


Diagnostic Imaging