A group of Prinicpal Investigators led by Saad Jbabdi, Karla Miller, Mark Woolrich and Steve Smith from our Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging have been awarded a £4m Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award 'Integrative imaging of brain structure and function in populations and individuals'.
This major and exciting project will focus on the precision and interpretability of imaging, enabling imaging to achieve its potential in both large populations and individuals.
Neuroscientists and doctors use neuroimaging to study the brain without cutting into it. We can see different brain tissues, map brain connections, and even watch brain activity in real time.
To discover more about how the brain works, and how diseases occur in the brain, 'Big Data' imaging studies of thousands of volunteers are now underway. However, imaging neuroscientists are not yet able to take full advantage of such huge, high-resolution, and complex datasets - for example to detect disease early enough to treat successfully.
Using new imaging neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, we aim to learn much more about how the brain varies across different people, and changes with disease. We aim to bring our research together with the new big datasets so that we can even learn how to predict disease in new patients in the future.