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Professor Mara Cercignani

Professor, Head of MRI

Email
cercignanim@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Overview

My research focuses in the use of non-invasive imaging technques to understand the brain and other internal organs of the body. In particular, I work with quantiative MRI technqiues, i.e., using the MRI scanner to measure properties of the tissue. These techniques can be combined with other methods, such as EEG, MEG and TMS to link brain anatomy with function. An example of this kind of work include uisng MRI to estimate the density of myelin (the fatty substance wrapped around neurons that enables brain signals to travel fast) and the speed of conduction.

I am particualrly interested in applying these methods to the study of brain disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, and depression.

Biography

2006 PhD (Institute of Neurology, NMR Research Unit, UCL, London, UK)

1999 MPhil (Department of Medical Physics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)

Professional memberships

2019 – Senior Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)

2014-2016 Chair of the ISMRM Diffusion Study Group

Academic positions

2012 – Academic Director (Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, University of Sussex, UK)

2011 – Chair in Medical Physics (Brighton and Sussex Medical school, Falmer, Brighton, UK)

2007 – 2011 Principal Investigator (Neuroimaging Laboratory, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy)

2002 – 2007 Post-doctoral Research Fellow (NMR Research Unit, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London UK)

1998 – 2002 Research Assistant (NMR Unit, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy)

Committees and reviewing

2018 -2021 Wellcome Trust Multi-User Equipment Award Panel

2014 – 2018 NIHR Clinical Scientist Award Panel

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