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Professor Alison Murray is the Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She is Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre www.abdn.ac.uk/ims/imaging/   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) www.sinapse.ac.uk  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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  • Association of Inflammation With Pronociceptive Brain Connections in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients With Concomitant Fibromyalgia

    Kaplan, C. M., Schrepf, A., Ichesco, E., Larkin, T., Harte, S. E., Harris, R. E., Murray, A. D., Waiter, G. D., Clauw, D. J. & Basu, N., Jan 2020, In : Arthritis & Rheumatology. 72, 1, p. 41-46 6 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Brain hyperintensities in magnetic resonance imaging of patients with mild acute focal neurology

    Varsou, O., Macleod, M. J., Schwarzbauer, C., Murray, A. D., Dinis Fernandes, C., Stringer, M. S. & Turnbull, K., 23 Jan 2020, In : Neurological Sciences. 3 p.

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    Open Access
  • Concentration-dependent activity of hydromethylthionine on clinical decline and brain atrophy in a randomized controlled trial in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD)

    Shiells, H., Schelter, B. O., Bentham, P., Baddeley, T. C., Rubino, C. M., Ganesan, H., Hammel, J., Vuksanovic, V., Staff, R. T., Murray, A. D., Bracoud, L., Wischik, D. J., Riedel, G., Gauthier, S., Jia, J., Moebius, H. J., Hardlund, J., Kipps, C. M., Kook, K., Storey, J. M. D. & 2 others, Harrington, C. R. & Wischik, C. M., 4 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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  • Motion during Acquisition is Associated with fMRI Brain Entropy

    de Vries, C., Staff, R. T., Waiter, G. D., Sokunbi, M. O., Sandu, A. L. & Murray, A. D., Feb 2020, In : IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics. 24, 2, p. 586-593 8 p.

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    Open Access
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    Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Alison Dorothy Murray (Recipient), 26 Feb 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Press / Media

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    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'