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Research Overview:

Professor Alison Murray FRSE is the Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She was Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre www.abdn.ac.uk/ims/imaging/   Lilian Sutton Building, University of Aberdeen from 2012-2018. 

She has expertise in 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 included the relative cotributions of vascular risk factors and subclinical Alzheimer's disease to cognitve ageing and contributors to conitive researve and resilience against dementia.  

Now retired, she has extensive clinical experience of brain imaging in dementia.

She is a founding member, executive member and past Director 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, CSO and participating universities to develop state of the art brain imaging research training and resources across Scotland. She previously held roles as Scottish Radiology Society President, and executive membership of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and Generation Scotland.

Research Keywords:

medicine; neuroradiology; normal cognitive ageing; dementia



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Research Output

An overview of prevalence, determinants and health outcomes of polypharmacy

Khezrian, M., McNeil, C. J., Murray, A. D. & Myint, P. K., 17 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Circulating asymmetric dimethylarginine and cognitive decline: A four-year follow up study of the 1936 Aberdeen Birth Cohort

    Malden, D., Mangoni, A. A., Woodman, R. J., Thies, F., McNeil, C., Murray, A. D. & Soiza, R. L., 17 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Murray, Alison (Recipient), 26 Feb 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Press / Media

    AI could be our radiologists of the future, amid a healthcare staff crisis

    Alison Dorothy Murray


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'