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Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging

The Life Scientific: on BBC Radio 4 with Jim Al-Khalili

03 September 2013

Professor Mark Lythgoe talks about the frontier research at his centre and the thrill he gets from it. As well as a scientist, he is also an intrepid mountain climber and believes there are parallels between the experiences of a mountaineer and those of an inventor of new views of the human brain and body. Professor Lythgoe talks candidly about his unconventional journey and struggle to make a successful career in science which took him through making plastic pipes in a factory, training Israeli attack dogs and working with Australian Aboriginal people. He describes the deep sense of failure which powered with his progress once he had a foot in the laboratory door. Mark also discusses his collaborations with artists on sci-art projects. He says one film project about a young girl with a severe brain condition helped to make him the scientist he is today.

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The Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging is a new multidisciplinary research centre for experimental imaging. The Centre is built around a number of groups at UCL and brings together in vivo imaging technologies across UCL with specific applications in the biomedical sciences.

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Our aims are to establish an integrated strategy for the development and application of novel in vivo imaging technologies to further understand the mechanisms of disease and develop therapeutic strategies. Furthermore we aim to deliver a multimodal imaging programme to investigate the molecular, functional and structural consequences of the disease process on a range of different scales.

The Centre provides state-of-the-art high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a new photoacoustic imaging facility, in vivo 2-photon laser-scanning microscopy, ultrasound, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging, as well as SPECT/CT and PET/CT. The Centre is located in the heart of the UCL campus and is ideally suited for cross-disciplinary work in neuroscience, cardiovascular biology and oncology.

The development of imaging technology is an essential part of the translational pipeline for drug development and personalised medicine, and is important to research in the pharmaceutical industry. These experimental imaging strategies will help to remove major “bottlenecks” in the translation of new discoveries to the clinic and generate the knowledge and understanding to transform human health and well-being.

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