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Dr Anna Barnes
Clinical Physics
Institute of Nuclear Medicine
235 Euston Rd
Tel: 02034470523
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr Anna Barnes is principal clinical scientist (NIHR-Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer) for the Siemens PETMRI scanner located at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre and part of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine. Projects include applications in oncology, neurology and cardiology. Dr Barnes completed her PhD in SPECT CBF imaging in neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Southern General - University Trust Hospital, Glasgow in 1999 and subsequently completed 2 post doctoral positions in New York (Functional Brain Imaging Lab, North Shore NY-University Hospital and the fMRI Research Center, Neurological Institute, Columbia University). She then spent 5 years 2006-2011 at the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge directed by Professor Ed Bullmore and Prof John Suckling and joined the Institute of Nuclear Medicine at the beginning of 2012. She is HCPC registered Clinical Scientist having completed her medical physics training through the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine in 1997.

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My research has concentrated on finding robust imaging biomarkers for understanding mechanisms of disease or differential diagnosis. The use of imaging biomarkers relies on their robustness across subjects and scanners. Imaging biomarkers based on fractal analysis or graph theory metrics of resting state fMRI can be used to study the effect of pathologies, such as Schizophrenia, on brain function. In addition other imaging biomarkers such as grey matter density or volume can be used to look at the influence of genes on brain function and structure that are linked to risk for schizophrenia in non-symptomatic relatives and controls. I am currently applying these methods to simultaneous PET and MR imaging in Neurology as well as exploring the use of normal databases to inform differential diagnosis of dementia and seizure focus in epilepsy in conjunction with projects lead by Prof Jon Schott, Prof Nick Fox and Prof Matthias Koepp. I was awarded a NIHR fellowship (2015-2020) to look at standardisation and harmonisation of whole body diffusion weighted imaging in oncology in partnership with Dr David Atkinson and Dr Shonit Punwani, Centre for Medical Imaging at UCL and in collaboration with Dave Collins and Prof Martin Leach at the Institute for Cancer Research, UK. I am also involved in supporting projects lead by Prof Brian Hutton and Dr Kris Thielemans as part of an EPSRC grant focussed on complementary methods in PET and MRI. 

Teaching Summary
I currently supervise students through the i4Health CDT at UCL and have capacity for MSc projects for those enrolled in Masters courses with the Division of Medicine and for undergraduate students at the University of London.
09-JAN-2012 Principal Clinical Scientist Institute of Nuclear Medicine UCH, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2006 – 06-JAN-2012 Research Associate Brain Mapping Unit, Psychiatry University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2005 – 01-DEC-2006 Senior Staff Scientist fMRI Research Centre, Radiology Columbia University, United States
04-OCT-2003 – 01-NOV-2004 Nuclear Medicine Imaging Scientist Imaging Technology Group GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics, Amersham, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2001 – 30-SEP-2003 Post-doctoral research scientist Functional Brain Imaging Laboratory, Movement Disorde The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, United States
01-OCT-1999 – 24-SEP-2001 Clinical Scientist Nuclear Medicine Southern General University Hospital, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1998 – 30-SEP-1999 Clinical Scientist Institute of Neurology - Imaging Southern General University Hospital, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1995 – 30-SEP-1998 Clinical Scientist - trainee Bio-Electronics and healthcare technology management, Southern General University Hospital, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1993 – 30-SEP-1995 Clinical Scientist - trainee Clinical Physics Western Infirmary Glasgow Universties Trust Hospital, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Image Processing University of Glasgow
1995 MSc Master of Science – Medical Physics University of Glasgow
1993 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Astronomy and Physics University of Glasgow
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