Neuroscience Research

Functional Neuroimaging is a priority area for neuroscience and translational areas of research. The Institute of Neuroscience is committed to developing a UK-unique and nationally accessible range of facilities for multi-species neuroimaging.

A 4.7 Tesla Functional Magnetic Resonance Imager (FMRI) for non-invasive animal studies (funded by the JIF award to the Neuroecology group in 2002) is situated in the Henry Wellcome Building.

Several neuroscientists in the Institute are active experts in fMRI, with a particular focus on auditory processing. Several groupings within the Institute currently employ magnetoencephalography (MEG) in collaboration with European centres and positron emission tomography is planned. Experimental optical recording and calcium imaging is also employed.


Details and publications of individual researchers are available on the Institute of Neuroscience website

Neuroscience Projects at the MR Centre

Neuroscience Publications from the MR Centre

Year 2013

  • Cousins DA, Aribisala BS, Ferrier IN, Blamire AM. Lithium, grey matter and the magnetic resonance signal. Biological Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 1;73(7):652-7. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.09.029. Epub 2012 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 23158114.

Year 2012

  • Cousins DA, Grunze H.  Interpreting magnetic resonance imaging findings in bipolar disorder.  CNS Neurosci. Ther. 2012 Mar;18(3):201-7. PMID:22449107.
  • Blamire AM. The Yale experience in first advancing fMRI. Neuroimage. 2012 Aug 15;62(2):637-40. Epub 2011 Oct 18.
  • Smith FE, Mardini H, Record CO and Blamire AM.  Reply to: "Ammonia and cerebral water. Importance of structural analysis of the brain in hepatic encephalopathy"', Journal of Hepatology, 2012, 56(2), pp. 506-507.
  • McNeill A, Gorman G, Khan A, Horvath R, Blamire AM, Chinnery PF.  Progressive Brain Iron Accumulation in Neuroferritinopathy Measured by the Thalamic T2* Relaxation Rate. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2012 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  • McAleese KE, Firbank M, Hunter D, Sun L, Hall R, Neal JW, Mann DM, Esiri M, Jellinger KA, O'Brien JT, Attems J. Magnetic resonance imaging of fixed post mortem brains reliably reflects subcortical vascular pathology of frontal, parietal and occipital white matter. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2012 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2990.2012.01310.x. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23075072.

Year 2011

  • Mardini H, Smith FE, Record C, Blamire AM. Magnetic resonance quantification of water and metabolites in the brain of cirrhotics following induced hyperammonaemia. J Hepatol. 2011; 54: 1154-1160

Year 2010

  • Palaniyappan L, Cousins DA. Brain Networks: Foundations and Futures in Bipolar Disorder Journal of Mental Health. 2010;19(2):157-67.
  • Cousins DA, Brian Moore P, Watson S, Harrison L, Nicol Ferrier I, Young AH, et al. Pituitary volume and third ventricle width in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2010; 35(7):1074-81. Epub 2010 Feb 19.

Year 2009

  • Cousins DA, Butts K, Young AH.  The role of dopamine in bipolar disorder.  Bipolar Disord 2009; 11: 787-806. 2009.
  • Shepherd TM, Thelwall PE, Stanisz GJ, Blackband SJ. Aldehyde fixative solutions alter the water relaxation and diffusion properties of nervous tissue. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 62: 26-34 (2009).

Year 2008

  • Sibson NR, Lowe JP, Blamire AM, Martin MJ, Obrenovitch TP, Anthony DC. Acute astrocyte activation in brain detected by MRI: new insights into T-1 hypointensity (vol 28, pg 621, 2008). Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 2008;28(3):653.

Year 2007

  • Cousins DA, Young AH. The armamentarium of treatments for bipolar disorder: a review of the literature. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2007 Jun;10(3):411-31. Epub 2006 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 17176493.
  • Garrood P, Hollingsworth K, Thelwall P, Birchall D, Eagle M, Bushby K, et al. MRI in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Quantification of fat infiltration and gadolinium uptake using whole-muscle regions of interest. Neuromuscular Disorders. 2007;17(9-10):816-7.
  • Blamire AM, Cader S, Lee M, Palace J, Matthews PM. Axonal damage in the spinal cord of multiple sclerosis patients detected by magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2007;58:880-5.

Year 2006

  • El-Badri SM, Cousins DA , Parker S, Ashton HC. McAllister VL, Ferrier IN, Moore PB. Magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities in young euthymic patients with bipolar affective disorder. [Journal Article. Multicenter Study. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] British Journal of Psychiatry. July 2006 189:81-2. UI: 16816311