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Roland Sutton Professor and Chair of Radiology, University of Aberdeen

Professor Alison Murray is the Roland Sutton Professor of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen. She is based in the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre (, Lilian Sutton Building, University of Aberdeen. This houses the 3T research magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Research MRI facilities are located within the acute NHS hospital and are immediately adjacent to the John Mallard Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre and the NHS Department of Nuclear Medicine, facilitating combined studies of brain structure and function.

She leads clinical brain imaging research in multimodal brain imaging correlates of brain ageing and dementia-related diseases and recent work includes MRI in the local Generation Scotland sample as part of a Scotland-wide study Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinaly, MRI in the Aberdeen 1936 Birth Cohort, and MRI, regional cerebral blood flow SPECT and FDG PET in clinical trials of novel Tau Aggregation Inhibitor therapies in Alzheimer's disease. Particular interests are the relative contributions of biomarkers of disease burden and life-course factors to the balance of cognitive reserve and resilience versus dementia and frailty.

She has extensive NHS clinical experience of brain imaging in dementia, both structral imaging and around 400 nuclear medicine brain regional cerebral blood flow SPECT/CT and FDG PET CT studies per annum and receptor studies in movement disorder.

She is a founding member and current Director of the Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE) a successful brain imaging pooling initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council and participating universities to develop state of the art imaging research training and resources across Scotland.She is also an executive member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium, AKUK Scotland, Generation Scotland and is a recent past President of the Scottish Radiology Society.


  • –present
    Roland Sutton Professor and Chair of Radiology, University of Aberdeen