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Prof Nikolaus Weiskopf
12 Queen Square
Tel: +44-20-3448-4381
Fax: +44-20-7813-1420
  • Professor of MR Physics and Neuroimaging
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

Our work is focused on the development and optimization of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for neuroimaging. We address the entire imaging chain from the data acquisition (MRI pulse sequences) over image reconstruction to image processing and biophysical modeling. All developments aim at improving the current imaging methods, translating new methods to applications and thus opening up new fields of neuroimaging research.

The central long term goal is to develop and apply non-invasive MRI methods for reliable characterization of the detailed anatomical and functional microstructure of the human brain (e.g., cortical layers). To resolve the subtle microstructure and its changes in health and disease, unprecedented isotropic resolution (200 µm), minimal artifact levels and high specificity of the imaging are essential. To address the extraordinary challenges, we pursue an interdisciplinary approach developing novel MRI and fMRI acquisition methods, image processing methods and integrated biophysical models. Recent examples of these developments include optical tracking based prospective motion correction, linear modeling of MR relaxation constants and R1-based cortical mylein maps.

For more details, please visit the WTCN Physics Group web-site: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/Research/physics.html

Teaching Summary
I am involved in a broad spectrum of teaching and training at the local, national and international level. 

I regularly give lectures and organize practicals for different MSc courses and I am member of the founding course committee of the MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging at UCL. 

My colleague Dr. Adam Liston and I secured funding for a mini MRI scanner and developed a novel teaching approach to MRI physics using this desktop device in the MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging course. 

I have been teaching on various international training courses and summer schools including ESMRMB, ISMRM, German National Academic Foundation. 

I have founded and direct the UCL Institute of Neurology "MR Physics for SPM users".

01-OCT-2009 Senior Lecturer Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL IoN UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2006 – 30-SEP-2009 Principal Research Fellow Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL IoN UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2006 Head of Physics Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL IoN UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 Dr. phil. Doktor der Philosophie – Neuroscience Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
2000 Dipl. Diplom – Neuroscience Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
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