University of Nottingham MEG lab

University of Nottingham MEG lab

Research topics

The MEG lab in Nottingham opened in 2007, and our research spans everything from the development of new MEG hardware to clinical application in mental health. Our current research includes:

  • Source localisation algorithms, in particular the use of novel statistical approaches and adaptive beamformer techniques
  • New methods to measure connectivity between spatially separate brain regions and techniques to track the dynamics of neural networks
  • Multi-modal neuroimaging, relating electrophysiology to quantitative markers of brain microstructure, neurochemistry and haemodynamics
  • The modulation of neural oscillations by sensory and cognitive tasks and the characterisation of their role in mediating long range connectivity
  • Biophysically informed mathematical models of neural systems, and their relationship with empirical MEG data
  • The spatiotemporal signatures of neural networks in the somatosensory system, and their perturbation in disorders such as focal hand dystonia
  • Abnormalities of neural networks and their dynamics in mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders
  • Development of novel quantum magnetic field sensors and their application in “wearable” brain imaging systems
  • Changes in neural network oscillations and dynamics throughout neurodevelopment and the relationship to behaviour

Research facilities and equipment

The MEG lab in Nottingham is equipped with a 275 channel CTF axial gradiometer MEG system, installed in 2007 and upgraded with new electronics and real time capabilities in 2017. In addition, we are in the process of building a novel 20 channel Optically Pumped Magnetometer MEG system. Both are located in a magnetically shielded room. Visual stimuli are provided by a PROPixx projection system (VPixx) and eye tracking can be performed using an EyeLink 1000 Plus eye-tracker (SR Research).

Location

The MEG laboratory at the University of Nottingham is part of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC). More information about SPMIC is available at the following link: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/spmic.

People

Academic Investigators

Dr. Matthew Brookes
School of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Peter Morris
School of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Richard Bowtell
Head of Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

Dr. Karen Mullinger
School of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Susan Francis
School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Stamatios Sotiropoulos
School of Medicine

Dr. Markus Bauer
School of Psychology

Prof. Peter Liddle
Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Elizabeth Liddle
Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Maddie Groom
Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Martin Schuermann
School of Psychology

Prof. Stephen Coombes
School of Mathematics

Prof. Ian Dryden
School of Mathematics

Fellows

Dr. George O’Neill
Research Fellow

Dr. James Leggett
Research Fellow

Dr. Lauren Gascoyne
Research Fellow

Dr. Jyothika Kumar
Research Fellow

PhD Students

Lucrezia Liuzzi
PhD Student

Eleanor Barratt
PhD Student

Elena Boto
PhD Student

Niall Holmes
PhD Student

Gillian Roberts
PhD Student

Ryan Hill
PhD Student

Elinor Thompson
PhD Student

Kanad Mandke
PhD Student

Jonathan Davies
PhD Student

Daisie Pakenham
PhD Student

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