Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Fiona Smith

Senior Research Associate

Background

Background

Senior Research Associate and Core Physicist in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy, Institute for Cellular Medicine, Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University

Current Role

Management, planning and coordination of on-going international (Japan, Australia, USA, Europe) muscle imaging and phosphorous spectroscopy studies in Dysferlinopathy and Muscular Dystrophy including Jain, Prosensa, Embassy and Neo1 Studies. These studies are performed in collaboration with the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Disorders.

Responsible for 13C Spectroscopy management, development and safety within the MR centre and in the Vildagliptin/Novartis drug trial in patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Glyconorm project in healthy controls, collaborating with clinical colleagues across research teams

Responsible for the development of multinuclear spectroscopy and imaging detection methods within the MR Centre including Lithium imaging research performed in collaboration with the Institute of Neuroscience

Lead research physicist and collaborator on a grant (April 2014) (> £1,000,000) awarded by the MRC to Dr David Cousins, Institute of Neuroscience; Grant title: Bipolar Lithium Imaging and Spectroscopy

Play a major role in the dissemination of research findings across interdisciplinary teams within the University and for international studies leading to high Impact publications

As well as being responsible for the development of major research projects within the MR Centre I will also be responsible for the selection and direct line management of a Research Assistant who will be employed to provide research support (data analysis, project management) for muscle imaging research within the MR Centre.

I have presented my work at international conferences (>20) in addition to being an invited keynote speaker (Istanbul 2007)

Previous appointments Held:

March 2006 - Sept 2007: Senior Clinical Scientist, Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Freeman Hospital

Nov 2003 – March 2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetocardiography, Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group, Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Department of Medical Physics, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle University

Jan 2002 – Nov 2003: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Brain Imaging Research, Institute for Ageing and Health, Department of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

June 2000 – Jan 2002: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Magnetocardiography and Electrocardiography, Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group, Clinical and laboratory Sciences, Department of Medical Physics, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle University

Qualifications

PhD, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Physics Department, Newcastle University.


MSc, Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Physics Department, Newcastle University.


BSc (Hons), Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics Department, Newcastle University.

 

Memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Clinical Scientist, Registration number: CS09941, October 2013 – October 2015

 

  • Northern Training Consortium for Physical Sciences NHS Network

 

  • Member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

 

  • Member of the British Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 

 

 

  • Institute of Cellular Medicine Postdoctoral Network

 

 

 

Research

Research Interests

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in Neuromuscular Disorders

 

  • Lithium Imaging and Spectroscopy in Bipolar Disorder

 

  • 13C Spectroscopy in type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Subjects 

 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in Traumatic Brain Injury 

 

Other Expertise

  • Physics

 

  • Infrared spectroscopy

 

  • Magnetocardography and Electrocardiography Research

 

Esteem Indicators: Honours and Awards

  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) 19th Annual Meeting 2011 poster prize winner, Musculoskeletal Imaging

  • Conference travel award from Guarantors of Brain (May 2009)

  • NHS Health and Social Care Awards 2006. Innovative Technology Award (Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group) (February 2007)

  • Wellcome Trust Research Funding Award (Dec 2005 – April 2006)

  • Certificate of Merit for participation with distinction in the Computers in Cardiology/ Physionet challenge (September 2001)

  • EPSRC Scholarship (October 1996 – 2000)

Teaching

  • Course contributor and lecturer to the Medical Physics: Imaging with Non-ionising Radiation: MSc Module years 1-3 (10 hours teaching)

 

  • Lecturer to Cardiovascular MSc Module (2 hours teaching)

 

  • Co-supervision of a PhD student (Iain D Croall)

 

  • Supervisor and assessor to work based placements for the NHS – Modernising Scientific Careers: Clinical Sciences Training Program

 

  • Supervisor of an externship Masters student from The Netherlands (Dissertation: Optimisation of 31P MRS protocols for assessment of muscle energetics)

 

  • Co-supervisor of final year undergraduate and postgraduate (MRes) projects

Publications