Centre for Preclinical Imaging Joins the Technology Directorate

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MRI scanner in lab

The Technology Directorate is pleased to announce that they are expanding their portfolio of Shared Research Facilities.

Previously, as part of the Institute of Translational Medicine, the Centre for Pre-Clinical Imaging (CPI) developed as a centre of excellence, focussed on cutting edge imaging technologies for tracking potential therapeutic agents, like drugs and stem cells, in pre-clinical models. It has an impressive array of imaging modalities, including a high field MRI scanner, positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), computed tomography (CT), multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) and Ultrasound. These are all housed in a well-appointed laboratory suite located on the North Campus.

Perhaps more important than the technology is the expertise within the CPI. The Academic Lead is Professor Harish Poptani, who is an internationally renowned expert in the field of preclinical imaging, a reputation established through an illustrious research career in the USA. Harish is well-versed in all the above-mentioned preclinical imaging modalities, with specific expertise in MRI. He is more than happy to advise on how they can be applied to specific research projects. Talking about the adoption of the CPI into the Technology Directorate, Harish says “the CPI will form an essential, yet complimentary imaging resource for academics, clinicians and industry partners interested in translational research. It aims to bridge the gap between basic and human research”.

The architect of the plan to adopt the CPI into the Technology Directorate was Ben Mollitt, the TD’s Business Manager. Whilst working to develop the business case, Ben saw a great opportunity for enhancing the Faculty’s research offering; “The TD has a clear role; to ensure that all members of our Faculty have access to the equipment and expertise required for outstanding science. Having the CPI as part of the TD enhances our research portfolio, while the CPI benefits from having access to the large and growing base of internal and external partners in the TD’s network”.

The TD is very happy to welcome the CPI into the fold and look forward to a long, happy and productive association.