There is a vibrant cross-disciplinary programme of imaging research at BSMS. This work is supported through positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning facilities at the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre and Nuclear Medicine at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH).
Neuroimaging is a particular strength, and specialist areas of study include:
- neurobiology of consciousness and its disorders
- affective neuroscience with emphasis on emotional arousal, visual perception and memory
- neurodegenerative disorders and neuroimflammation
- physiological and pathological processes particularly related to inflammation and lymphedema.
Our research into central and peripheral pain mechanisms complements clinical research imaging, including industry-sponsored trials both at CISC and RSCH.
Imaging science is supported by a strong physics team, led by Prof Mara Cercignani, who have pioneered quantitative imaging methods particularly as applied to the brain.