Imaging has an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It helps doctors to track and monitor disease and it can help with stratification (when clinicians divide patients with similar biological characteristics into groups so they can receive tailored treatments and therapies).
It plays a key role across the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and is central to the research we carry out, particularly in our oncology, neuroscience and cardiovascular themes. Many of our researchers work with (or ‘cut across’) these areas.
Here on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus we have access to world-class and state-of-the-art imaging facilities, able to yield superb anatomical detail from single cells through to the brain and spinal cord. These installations play a vital role in experimental (early stage) therapeutic trials in many of our themes in the NIHR Cambridge BRC, including dementia and oncology.
The theme also benefits from:
- specialist imaging physicists working for us and with scientists from across the University to develop new image technologies
- an expanding PhD imaging programme
- government, industry and private sector support.